Use Dancewear to Enhance and Elongate Your Upper Body
A long, lithe body is ideal for a dancer but everyone is not blessed to have one naturally. For those who need a little help in that area, certain items of dancewear can be worn to project a more streamlined image to flow with fluid dance movements. From the cut of a leotard to the arch of a ballet shoe, note the following points to look and perform your best.
To create a longer line for your head and neck you should wear a high bun. It does not need to be on the top of your head, but it should be a little higher than the back, center portion of your head. You should use bobby pins, gel, and hair spray to keep your hair in place and out of your face. You may also want to use a hairnet that matches the color of your hair to keep all of the fly-a-ways in place.
Neck, Shoulders and Back
Your leotard, or the bodice of your tutu, should have a low v-neckline to make your neck look longer. It should also open up wide to the ends of your shoulders to open up the chest area. Leotards and tutu bodices with these features will help to make a more graceful appearance for your entire upper body. Also, for a flattering ballet line on your back, wear a low v back - this should be several inches lower than the front of your leotard.
It is wise not to wear tank or short sleeve ballet leotards because they may shorten your arms. Wear a camisole leotard to elongate and flatter your arms. Long sleeved leotards will do the same thing and can make your arms appear thinner. Arms are very important in ballet, therefore it is essential to do everything you can to make them look good.
As everyone knows, black is by far the most flattering color to put on your body. Other dark colors may be flattering as well, depending on your skin tone. If you want to wear a color, but are unsure of what color would look good on you, mid to dark shades of blue are usually very nice looking on everyone.
Stay tuned for part two of this article: Use Dancewear to Enhance and Elongate Your Lower Body.
About the Author: Amber Heil has worked at Pampos Dance & Swim for over four years and has been a manager for over three years. With 16 years of ballet training, Heil is knowledgeable in other areas of ballet such as forecasting trends in ballet wear and how to find the right ballet shoe. She studied marketing at Louisiana State University (LSU) and graduated in December 2006.