dance belts and leotards
Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:03 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:03 AM
While I am not a parent of a boy... I am a male ballet dancer <smile>.
The dancebelt goes on first, then the leotard over the dancebelt. Everything will fit where it needs to - leotards & dancebelts are not super thick pieces of fabric (such as denim)... there will be a little more material than before, but nothing to worry about.
You have the dancebelt (with thong) as a first layer and then the leotard (with thong). Do you also have underpants as layer zero?
Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:36 AM
Ballet Talk for Dancers Ballet Master.
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Posted 07 August 2013 - 12:09 PM
Anro- The dance belt serves as the undergarment. It's just a special dancer's undergarment
Therese- My son was a gymnast gone dancer for his whole, so he's had to wear dance belts and leotards since he was in elementary school and he hates layering them. But then we finally found a leotard with an attached dance belt at "boys dance too". It is the best! I strongly suggest you check them out... www.boysdancetoo.com
Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:45 AM
My son wore the full seat dance belts until he was 14. We didn't know any better honestly! He's had a female teacher all these years and she wasn't about to say "About that dance belt....". He went off to his first big summer intensive last year and was the ONLY boy there who didn't have the thong style. His favorite guy instructor pulled him aside towards the end of the intensive and said "Look buddy, you are a serious dancer now, you need to lose the mono-butt look and get yourself a thong style dance belt". From then on he was all about the thong paired with the "right tights" that do that "thing in the hiney area mom". Let me tell ya, the difference the thong style makes to the line appearance is drastic. He loves his dance clothes so much now, it is a struggle to get him out of them when he gets home. He prefers the padded dance belts to the quilted ones, he has just nude colored ones, and he likes the Sansha Sawyer signature tights that come with the suspenders already on them. Both the dance belts and the tights hold up well in the wash. He even puts them all in the dryer when he's away in the summer but we line dry them when he's home.
Posted 10 August 2013 - 06:18 AM
I do wish more teachers would approach the boys about attire. There is a 17 yr old at the intensive who is wearing full seat DB. Since my boys felt weird about saying something to him for fear of embarrassing him I sent his mom an email just saying my guys liked such and such brand in hopes of him realizing at this age he should be probably be wearing a thong. He's from a Dolly Dinkle studio and I felt bad for him. As a non dancing mom I certainly didn't know anything and years ago my boys had a teacher who plainly stated facts which was great.
My middle son started at 7 and had a custom dance belt at 8 since none were small enough for him. I have to take in adult ones for him at 13 since he's so slim because little boy ones don't fit in the proper area! I'm glad I can actually buy little boy thongs now. I think the younger they wear a thong the better so they are used to them.
Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:58 PM
Posted 15 August 2013 - 04:31 PM
I suspect dance belts make their appearance at a range of ages but DS started when he was about 12. Aside from the appearance they create, all dance belts improve the support the boys receive 'up front'. My advice has been that this becomes more important as they hit puberty for obvious reasons and also when they start on pas de deux classes. Partnering puts them at increased risks of accidental bumps plus they are doing more jumping and leaping. That is our experience anyways. Putting them on correctly is a whole other topic which can be easily researched online. http://www.dancebelt.info/
Posted 15 August 2013 - 05:02 PM
Posted 15 August 2013 - 06:57 PM
Thank you, pasdedeuxmama. DS is 9/going into 4th grade and it would never have occurred to me to see it from that angle!