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Aussiedancemum

Hi,

I mentioned last post that my son looks like starting a specialist programme next year. Is now a good time to think about a dance belt? He doesnt have much for it to support at the moment but his brother started to develop at 11. Is it better to get the whole thing out of the way before teenage modesty kicks in? Best to go full seat or straight for the g string?

Appreciate the collective wisdom. He'll be 9 next year.

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MarinMomInTX

Our 10yo was just told this year to start wearing a dance belt. He has not started developing yet, and I think that may have made the transition easy. He started with the string and really hasn't had any problems. I can look up the brands we got if you like.

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silkmaiden

Oh this topic scares me! LOL I always thought it was okay not to bother with dance belts till they started showing signs of puberty?

 

DS9 is still really puny for his age and nowhere close to puberty. Heck, his older (non dancing) brother is 11 and still shows no signs. I was really hoping to delay this till age 12 or so!

 

At the moment DS9 just wears his tighty-whities under his tights, but I'll be curious when other moms are putting their sons in dancebelts. I'm no expert but I've read that getting them used to the thong style early is a good thing.

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Moxie

Yes, I think younger is better. Mine started at 8. Wear Moi has some good boys dance belts. It's about more than support it's also the look in the tight. Panty lines!

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Aussiedancemum

At the moment the full seat leotard with tights over the top seems to be working well support wise. I'm just dreading the 'conversation' with an awkward 11/12 yr old and wondering if it's best to just get it over and done with now.

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pasdedeuxmama

I know that I've contributed to a similar conversation before, probably one linked above. My DS wore one immediately, and accepted it as part of the 'uniform'. My worry wasn't the uncomfortable conversation (which was hilarious for both of us - single mom & only son - and I doubt we'll ever forget it), or whether he needed the support or not, but rather the young girls he took class with making fun of him. The dance belt went a long way towards helping him be comfortable in the tights. There are a lot of great resources online for having the 'conversation' and about how to properly wear it.

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mln

Boys often request the full uniform before it's required, just because it really identifies a dancer as serious, it allows the boys to look like the older male dancers they admire, and because it looks great when you are dancing! When you pose the question and discuss the dance belt, I would do so positively.

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Tayperry88

DS9 has been wearing a thong back dance belt for over two years. It has been the only dance belt he's known. I told him male dancers wear them to protect themselves while dancing and it's less restricting than his normal boxers. The first couple times he wore it he was saying it was uncomfortable (rightly so), but now he chooses to wear them for his jazz and tap classes too!

 

It was never a battle, i just presented it as: if you want to dance ballet, then you have to wear this. And at the time I wasn't even sure about having a dancing son so i was actually hoping it would make him have second thoughts.

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silkmaiden

Thanks all, I think I will seriously think about introducing a dance belt sooner rather than later!

 

I guess for us it's not been an issue yet because our school uses the Wear Moi tights which are really thick, more like leggings, so it doesn't show anything at all. But it's a good idea to introduce a dancebelt so DS can get used to it before a big growth spurt.

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Ballet dragon

My DS started wearing a dance belt around 10 years old. He started in a thong, by choice. I agree with others that it signified that he was serious. He thought that if he was going to start wearing one, he might as well start with what the big boys wore, rather than needing to transition from a full brief to a thong later.

 

What started our conversation about dance belts was that (at the dinner table, mind you) he started talking about having to "rearrange the furniture" in class, and he didn't have a discrete way to do it. He was also pre-pubescent, and started in an M. Stevens thong. Very stretchy and soft, without much support (which he didn't need). He liked it because the thong part was very thin. They run small, so even though he was only 10 year old, it fit him comfortably. If I recall, the waistline measured 24 inches.

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Thyme

as I recall DS started in a full seat dance belt (he would have nothing to do with the string at that time!). Once he realised that the line of the seated dance didn't look 'all that great' he quickly shifted into the proper belt. This took a few months as I recall. Once 'the furniture' got more substantial, dance belts of course become essential. I remember seeing a 12 year old boy on stage in a seated dance belt and IMHO it looked terrible. Terrible.

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Jo Ann

Age 9 for my son (now 20 yikes!), before he really needed it. Thong from the start. What has changed as he got older was the thickness of the waist elastic and the padding of the front. It is all about a good look on stage and protection during partnering, and of course, good support.

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chel

Ds started with the string around 10. It is all he has ever worn, and it just looks better with the tights.

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FabFoursMom

DS started when he was 10 with the g-string. He actually brought it up to me in the car. The car is where we spend the majority of our time so there are always great conversations. Especially on carpool days. The topics vary every day. I will miss these days when they are older.

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