Fresh finds to consider when you’re stocking your dance store shelves
More and better-looking options in gender-inclusive dancewear. Retro-tinged styles that somehow read as newer than new. And continual improvements on that dancer essential: a smart dance bag. These are just a few of the products and trends poised to disrupt the leotard-and-tights paradigm. So get ready to totally rethink what dancers wear, carry and use.
The bold, gender-neutral colorway for this dancer favorite will appeal to dudes, too. Bloch Inc., 800-94-BLOCH, blochworld.com Multifunction bootie, style IM019 MATERIAL: nylon. COLOR: black
A printed mesh asymmetrical high-necked style to delight young ballerina fashionistas. Body Wrappers/Angelo Luzio, 800-323-0786, bodywrappers.com Virginia Blooms leotard, style P1303 MATERIALS: matte nylon, spandex, nylon, polyester. COLORS: black, dusty rose
There’s no chance of a wardrobe malfunction with this stashed with your competition gear. Dasha Designs, 800-543-2742, dashadesigns.net Body adhesive, style 2456
Name a dancer who couldn’t use a sleek, understated dance bag with tons of pockets: We’ll wait. Eurotard Dancewear, 770-475-3045, eurotard.com Tote-ally Chic bag, style 274 MATERIALS: polyester, leather. COLOR: black
Unlike chemical fragrances, this body mist won’t make dance teachers gag. Good For You Girls, 860-489-9912, goodforyougirls.com Vanilla jasmine hair + body mist
Slowly but surely, fashion-forward dancewear for men is becoming more common. It’s about time! Só Dança, 800-269-5033, sodanca.com Mack, style RDE-1899 MATERIAL: microfiber. COLOR: black/gray
The ’90s vibes are strong with these cargos. UFO Contemporary, 212-226-5400, ufojeans.com Jodhpur lace pant, style 97230 MATERIAL: poly. COLORS: blue, black, red
, If Elle Woods did ballroom dance, she’d be proud to rock these uber-feminine sparklers. Very Fine Dancesport Shoes, 626-575-8801, veryfineshoes.com Ballroom heels, style S1009CC MATERIALS: textile/man-made upper, suede sole. COLOR: rose satin
Helen Rolfe is a former assistant editor of
Dance Retailer News and Dance Spirit.