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Ballet leotards

Ballet leotards

Without a doubt, the leotard is one of the principal clothes that dancers use when they are performing on the stage. A principal feature about this clothing is the fact that is quite adaptable, flexible and comfortable.

In fact, a leotard usually has a simple design that is pretty convenient for dancers to perform difficult stretching exercises and hard movements. Moreover, the leotard provides an aesthetic look to dancers; it helps them to show their curves and muscles during a presentation.

This singular ballet clothing was created in France by Jules Leotard who was a acrobat French artist. In fact, this French citizen developed the techniques of the trapeze. He began the creation process by trying to improve the trapeze ropes, and several years later he was accepted to work in the Napoleon Cirque. He became famous for being the first man who was doing a full somersault in the air. Few years later after his decease, his skin-tight clothes became popular.

Since then, the leotards have been evolving throughout the years. For example, between 1920 and 1930, plenty of people used the leotards as bathing costumes in different resorts. But its incursion in the dance happened in 1950 when the principal dancers wore leotards in almost all the presentations. In 1970, they became a fashion costume.

Although leotards are not trendy anymore, they are one of the principal ballet costumes nowadays. Important companies dedicated to dancewear such as Capezio, Valle Roch and Bloch are manufacturing high quality leotards and sell them to affordable prices in the market.

Here is a list of the principal types of Leotards:
  • Training Leotards.
  • Competition Leotards.
  • Ballet Leotards.
  • Two-Piece Leotards.
  • Male Leotards.