Capezio – the gateway leotard

I could easily spend a small fortune on leotards.  I quickly jumped on the leotard and tights band wagon as soon as I realized I was enrolled in a ballet class.  Some people cringe at the thought of climbing into a skin tight leotard.  I love it.  Not that I’m the thinnest or tiniest person in the room, but I do love everything about the “ballet class look”.  Lately, I’ve been switching it up between a black cap sleeve Capezio leotard and a burgundy version of the same style.  They were moderately priced, comfortable, and easy to find on Amazon.  I would also recommend them to any adult beginner hesitant to go the leotard route.  The Capezio tank style is also quite comfortable.  These are great starter leotards and perfect if your class has a strict dress code; however, I find myself seduced by ballet wear.  The plain Capezio styles just arouse my leotard appetite.  The standard dancewear sites offer the usual, a smattering of colors and styles, but I am looking and hoping for more.  After I spent an entire night combing the internet, I found a few sites that are heads and shoulders above the rest.  They are presented below in the order in which I found them.  The tricky balancing act – how to wear some of these leotards without looking like a complete wannabe that is over doing it.

Eleve Dancewear
Custom designs that are thoughtful and different.  The dancers modeling the leotards are beautiful.  I have to keep reminding myself that just because I buy one of these leotards does not mean I will instantly look like these women.  These are the first leotards I’ve seen with the option of patterned nylon or patterned mesh fabric.  I’m really impressed by the variety of different leotard style designs, not just color/fabric options.  I only wish there was a virtual leotard, which could be updated as I make color/fabric selections.  The designs may be over the top for some classes and are not for wall flowers.  You will definitely be calling attention to yourself – but in a good way!!

Yumiko
Hot and minimalist custom leotards.  Created the rehearsal leotards worn by Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman in Black Swan.  Note the Black Swan versions are available by phone.
The “Wendy” style is probably my favorite.

WearMoi
The designs are pretty and delicate.  I read rave reviews on discussion boards. Although you can not customize the leotards, the styles are very sophisticated and perfect for the classical ballet class.

Degas
French ballet leotards that are refined and professional.  The sizing chart is a bit confusing.  I recommend calling customer service with sizing questions to get it sorted out right from the beginning.
The good news – if they do not have your size or color you can place a special order.  A great range of solid colors and I love the seam details on some of the bodices.  Reviews have mentioned that the tulle added to some styles is a bit itchy.

Let me know if you have any other favorites!!

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You can’t learn to dance from a book… or can you?

Book report time!!! Reading ballet books is a close second to ballet class. It’s definitely in my wheel house. Plus, I do not need to be in skin tight clothes with infinitely flexible high school seniors. Even though I was hopelessly lost in the last Open class me and the other “Babies” were forced to join, I was able to understand a few steps that I had never seen or heard of before. All thanks to book reading. In the past month I have tried to devour as many ballet books as possible. Stay tuned for my reviews on each!!

Shrek in a leotard

There are three beginner classes offered at my current school.  I am enrolled in Fundamentals 0-2 years, which my husband refers to as “Baby” class.  It is great for ballet dunces except when it is combined with the more advanced Open Class. This has occurred twice in only four classes this term due to teacher illnesses.  Nothing exacerbates my ballet horribleness than having class with a bunch of high school kids who have reached the level of performing pointe solos.  There are also a few 50 year-old women in the Open class that put me to shame.  It is an interesting mix.  I just wish I could keep up with them instead of getting lost after the second combination at the barre and lumbering around like an ogre during center.

After my last class on Saturday (class #4), I decided I need additional classes if I ever want to move out of my “Baby” class and into the Lower Beginner class.  Now I’m not saying that I won’t continue with my “Baby” class, but by Fall I would also like to enroll in both “Baby” and the Lower Beginner course and – most importantly – be able to keep up with the class.  Easier said than done.