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Posted 18 June 2005 - 03:57 PM
OK, so I've been trying to pick out what to dancewear to get for him. The school requirements are black tights, black shoes, and white shirt. I know for the little ones they are not as particular and bike shorts, leggings ect are ok. But I'd like him to be more like the "big guys" so that if he decides he wants to stick with this he won't have to overcome some tights fobia. I'd like your feedback on the items I think I'm going to get for him. I went to Wear Moi and they're too pricey for a very young begginner. (that would be like buying the french horne before the first lesson).
So, Bloch CL5402 Cotton spandex scoop neck leotard in white. I'm thinking I want the leo so that it will stay tucked in and will be form fitting so the instructor will have a good view. DD perfers the cotton spandex blend so I figure ds will too. DD syas the boy's white shirts get really sweaty and gross and end up yellow or grey. Is this just that they need oxyclean or to be replaced?
Next, Danskin 607 Nylon/lycra professional support tights. I figure these are probably less sheer than the others. No socks. The older boys wear footed tights. Why start habits that would just have to be changed.
It's interresting how these items are listed as children's dancewear but the catologs don't show any boys wearing them.
No dancebelt yet. Not necessary. Besides I don't think they come in a child's size 5.
Slippers are difficult. I know they perfer canvas but I can't find children's size in black. So we're going with leather until he's in Adult sizes.
I don't know how long he's going to be interested but he's got a lot of good attributes for ballet. He loves being on stage, has a very thin body, good feet, charm like crazy and every where he goes we hear "He's sooooo cuuuuuuute". He's still quite young and every day he wants to do and be something else so we'll see where this goes.
Posted 18 June 2005 - 05:33 PM
Besides I don't think they come in a child's size 5.
They do come in a 5 from Baltogs, but they aren't really needed. But if you want one, they are available.
Capezio Romeo is a canvas shoe. I'm not sure if it comes in children's sizes or not but the Juliet (for girls which is the same model just on a girls last) just started in children's sizes this Winter so maybe the Romeo did also.
At the store where I work, we sell alot of BK Wear brand for boys and Baltogs shirts. Mostly the boys here wear the leggings with socks and then go to tights later.
Posted 19 June 2005 - 08:23 AM
Now that he is older, he is able to wear the M. Stevens size small footed tights.
His current studio requires footless tights w/ white socks, so I was finally able to find a place that sells boys sized tights. Here is the website:
The Dance Shop Online Catalog
Posted 19 June 2005 - 05:52 PM
Good luck to your son - may he continue to dance!
Posted 20 June 2005 - 06:41 PM
When we found out he should be wearing tights, we tried every kind of "girls" tights we could find that was sort of thick....they were all see through. By the time he wore 2 pair and then socks, he had 3 layers on his feet We found some leggings, which were actually skating leggings with stirrup feet. He liked this so he did not have to worry about show through as well as have his feet with one layer of sock. (those were Baltogs....in cotton). (we did not know about Ballet Talk to help us find what he needed, so we did the only thing we knew to do. Most dance shops are clueless when it comes to boys). He recently switched to mens tights. He LOVES the M.Stevens milliskin footless tights. They are very durable and NO show through Thanks to those who made the suggestion in the past! He also wears a ladies sock that I find at Target. Just like tight material....very durable. He likes them.
For shoes, I can't really remember the brand, but he eventually switched to Bloch. The reason ....under the foot inside the shoe, was the leather insert instead of that thin cloth. With the thin cloth, it eventually works its way down to the toe and then you are left with what is underneath. With leather, it never moved. He also wore leather upper and full soled until this year. he is 13. he made the move to Sansha canvas and split sole and loves them. he says it is like wearing a pair of worn in shoes. Of course, at a young age, you will want to stick with full soled.....at least that is what most suggest.
For shirt, he started out with just Hanes t-shirt. This year hubby found an interesting shirt made from that Wick material. My son really likes wearing these. Where we live, they only had Body Armour brand at $25 a pop. When we went back to the States in April, we found same material shirt made by I think Starter in Wal-Mart. They are tight fitting and my son says they are way cooler than a cotton t-shirt. Oh, and the Wal-Mart shirt was only $8.99. This month, they were marked down to $5. His studios were not climate controlled, so having these shirts come in short and long sleeve was helpful. He also liked them because they cut high under the arm to avoid having the shirt come untucked from the tights or pulling on his arms.
Don't forget the little elastic belt to fold the top of the tight waistband over so that it will help keep the tights up. I make my sons. I buy the elastic and small clasp at a craft store. Cheaper this way. Good idea to buy a few...they always get misplaced.
There is nothing worse than trying to find the right outfit for a boy in ballet. Oftentimes, your son is the only one taking ballet in the entire area, so the danceshop ladies have no clue as to what they wear. They don't understand that a boy does not want to wear something that is labeled "girl". Hope your son enjoys his classes.
Posted 21 June 2005 - 07:31 AM
Thanks for the tip about the Walmart shirt - hopefully I can get them in Canada. Great price and if they are cut high on the underarm that is even better. DS had all his clothes made to measure at last school, but once these leos are done, he may switch back to T-shirts.
Posted 23 June 2005 - 07:26 AM
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Posted 23 June 2005 - 10:51 PM
In a pinch, Wal-Mart and Target has been a lifesaver. Fruit of the loom t-shirts and cotton black leggings from the girls department will work fine. My son spent 2 years wearing girls leggings and no one knew the difference. Even payless shoes has black leather ballet shoes if you need some to tide you over until you can find some you like from the dance shop.
Also, Mondor makes ice skating leggings in black that we used before I found the Bal-togs footless boys tights. They are thick cotton and tend not to be see through. It takes time and patience to find boys dancewear. It took me years to find what works. Hang in there!
Posted 24 June 2005 - 02:33 PM
Posted 24 June 2005 - 04:59 PM
We have to unite since there are so few of us!! I'll tell ya, finding good dancewear has been a 6 year struggle. I'm glad I finally have it (sort-of) figured out!
Posted 25 June 2005 - 04:34 AM
Posted 25 June 2005 - 06:02 AM
Ballet Talk for Dancers Ballet Master.
Posted 30 June 2005 - 11:01 AM
T-shirt: Motionwear style 3146 color 505 (white)
Tights: Body Wrappers by Attitudes in Dressing, Inc. Style 0121 BLK Footless pant
Shoes: Bloc Dansoft S0205G Blk
Now the trick is getting him to change out of them so they don't get filthy between now and the day of class.