Dancegear buying habit?
Posted 14 April 2006 - 12:59 AM
Posted 14 April 2006 - 07:49 AM
For pointes I've tried most brands now and also have a sense of what works & what doesn't.
For leotards--well, er, I like variety. No halters though--don't care for the feel on me and generally don't like the look on others. It gives the neighbors quite a laugh when I am able to fill up my whole outdoor clothesline with "lycra laundry" (bike shorts, tights, leotards).
Posted 14 April 2006 - 08:24 AM
dancerlover--I have never ordered from Class In Dance--just think their leo's are beautiful. I usually pay around $35 for leos, have ordered on line for less, but only if I am familiar with the brand, thus know the fit.
Currently interested in the Gaynor leos--Any one know about fit?
Posted 14 April 2006 - 12:22 PM
I have one of the Gaynor leos (the "Lace" one seen here) and find it to have a longer torso than the Capezio, Bloch and Mirella ones that I have. I love the lace one because I get compliments on it every time I wear it :-) The one on that site labeled "Straps" has an even longer torso (so much so that I had to send it back). But they are VERY well made leos and seem like they will last a long time.
Posted 14 April 2006 - 10:24 PM
When I first started back I was constantly buying stuff.......leotards, tights, warmups, flats, pointe shoes. I was having a hard time finding leos to fit my long torso, but also support me bust-wise. Just within the last two months I have decided on a leo.........the Bloch pinch front tank, which allows me to wear a sports bra underneath for extra support. I bought two black and two burgundy (dress code colors). I also discovered the really soft Capezio convertible tights while on a trip to a dance store two hours away and bought what they had......unfortunately they were the hipster style. So then I had to order the same thing, but in the regular style. I also have three pairs of leg warmers, but only use one pair, and two sweaters, a wrap and pull over. I actually do use both of these.
Then there was the ordeal of finding flats. I was wearing the Bloch leather split sole at two old studios, but when I moved to my new studio there is a marley floor that is mopped with liquid rosin so guess what? The leather shoes were eliminated after the first class! So then I went back to the canvas Sanshas, hated how they looked on my feet, tried the pump canvas by Bloch, I don't what the problem was with them but while doing a series of grande jetes the shoe on my right foot "grabbed" the floor and caused me to sprain my ankle, and I finally settled on the performance series by Grishko. Then there was the pointe shoe crisis. I won't even go into details but just say.........I started back in September and it took until *looks at invoice* March 21st to finally find a shoe that I like, I don't sink into, and actually looks great on my foot. In the meantime, hundreds of dollars have been spent on shoes that were worn for one class and ruled out. I've been able to recoup a little money by selling some of them on Ebay, but nowhere near enough to break even.
I finally have gear that I'm happy with so that spending craze seems to have stopped. I cancelled my credit card anyway though.
Heaven knows I'm sick and tired of dancing with this broom. - Def Leppard, Let's Get Rocked
Posted 15 April 2006 - 12:22 AM
I love clothes of any kind, but buying new dance wear just feels kind of special! I usually have 4 or 5 dance classes a week and since I'm a lazy college student when it comes to laundry, I always have to make sure I have at least that many clean. I really like buying new leotards, be it the most basic tank ones from Capezio or a lovely GM one (I have the Asian inspired one and it's just amazing). I have a good 13 or 15 leotards probably. I'm a bit partial to bloch leotard because they have the perfect amount of stretch for me, but because they also manage to fit me well (And being that I'm petite and pretty thing while still having a curvy pair of hips doesn't make fitting too well).
However, tights are another story. I will only by Body Wrappers or Bloch tights. If the store doesn't have them, I won't buy. Shoes are very simple for me right now--bloch pump split soles in leather and Sansha canvas flats. I have a pair of the bloch pump is canvas, but I've found that that the area where the sole is split tends to irritate my feet, so I've been using those as my back shoe or a pair I alternate in when my other shoes are damp.
The excitement is really starting to begin for me because the studio I'm going to be attending now that I'm graduating from college and moving away has a great staff of teachers who work solely with adult classes and late teen/20s former dancer classes. And they support adults going on pointe if they have the physical ability and strength to do it, which I've found to be a rarity. After just taking 2 drop in classes with my soon-to-be teacher, I feel really comfortable and she seems pleased at my level of dance. I'm just really excited because she told me that if I'm able to increase my strength on my left ankle (I've had a lot of problems with my left knee and ankle, so that side is weaker for me), she'd be happy to let me in her beginning pointe class in the late fall or early winter:)
It was a great little piece of motivation for me.
And since my dance store in town has a fabulous discount for students (25% off every purchase with student ID!), I haven't bought much online. This Class in Dance site sounds intriguing to me. If it's a website, would anybody kindly provide me with a link?
Posted 15 April 2006 - 07:13 AM
Once I get around to actually placing an order it is way too easy to over buy. I think I am now the proud owner of about 5 years worth of technique shoes.
Posted 15 April 2006 - 05:20 PM
Posted 15 April 2006 - 11:56 PM
If anyone knows where I can get a crocodile-print stretch lycra from (I seen it used, but dont know where to get it) I'd be pleased to hear.
Posted 16 April 2006 - 08:42 AM
You can remind me of this whan I change my mind in two years and start enjoying the pointe shoe hunt...
Posted 16 April 2006 - 09:07 AM
Posted 16 April 2006 - 02:14 PM
I've had to miss loads of classes due to tendinitis and a bad case of shin splints, and it always makes my dancewear buying habit flare up... I have a weakness especially for leotards.
About the GM leos, how does the sizing go? I'm 5'9" and wear L in Capezio -- but Capezio leos often seem a bit too short in the torso.
Posted 16 April 2006 - 10:40 PM
I know you're pain with adult ballet in the Detroit metro area. It's been much easier finding classes in Kalamazoo where I go to school, but with graduation in just two weeks (eek!), I had to find a place back home.
The absolute best place I've found and have heard wonders about from U of M students is The Dance Gallery Studio in Ann Arbor, home of the Peter Spearling Dance Company. The staff has an amazing range of instruction styles and they really seem to care about the students. Moreover, what I found the most appealing was the emphasis they place on the adult student. They have them throughout the week and from what I was told, they do have quite a few actual "adults" in them, not just teenagers (even though I'm just 21 and shouldn't really be talking). They also have a full summer program, which is unique for most studios in the area. I plan on taking one class, possibly 2, classes a week there if the commute isn't too long for me and if my work schedule allows.
Dance Unlimited in Plymouth has also been spread to me with good news. There summer schedule is very limited, but they start up in August with their "main" season. They too have a pretty good adult program it seems. I sat in on the intermediate ballet class and was pleased with what I saw. They're also very open to adult taking the advanced level non-adult classes if they're at that level and have the desire. Since Plymouth is far more convenient to my apartment and work, I plan on taking a class or two there in the fall.
I just feel lucky being based in western Wayne county since it does give me the option of going into Ann Arbor for classes.
In addition, I'm not positive, but you may be able to audit a course through Wayne State's dance department. I had several teachers from there when I was younger and their skill was unbelievable.
If you need any other info, I'm more then happy to help. I never thought it would be as hard as it is to find adult classes in a metro area as big as the tri-county area!
Posted 16 April 2006 - 11:15 PM