No hiding behind a skirt.

You may have found the class attire that makes you feel your best. Perhaps you wear leg warmers on your calves to sort of balance out your butt and thighs (I used to do that). Maybe you wear a skirt to accentuate a small waist and hide your hips (guilty again).

Do you remember the last time you felt fully confident in just pink or flesh-tone tights and a leotard?

The way you see yourself in the mirror is connected to your ability to reach your best body, choose food you love that also serves you, and perhaps most importantly, dance well.

One of my favorite success stories from The Dancer’s Best Body Program came when a dancer told me she started taking class without a skirt on-something she hadn’t felt comfortable doing in years!

Going skirt-less, especially after hiding behind a skirt for so long, is huge! Auditions are a big occasion when this confidence will come in handy. You’re expected to show up in just a leotard and tights. If you haven’t done that in months, it can be such a challenge!

The Dancer’s Best Body Program takes you through The Whole Dancer 7 Step Best Body Process. It guides you towards your personal best dancer’s body. Along the way, confidence shifts, AHA moments occur and you start to see yourself in a positive light. You can be an expert on your body.

This process has been refined over the last 5+ years while working with 100’s of dancers. The vast majority of the dancers who commit to The Whole Dancer Best Body Process see a massive shift both mentally and physically. 

The physical shifts are rarely aesthetic.

Sometimes dancers come into this program with weight or aesthetic body goals. One of the first things you’ll do is switch those goals to focus on how you feel physically. Do you want to dance with more energy? More strength? Maybe more speed?

Check out this related post :   Results from The Dancer's Best Body Program within a week!

All of that is possible. When you make your physical goals about how you move and dance, the focus shifts. It shifts from “what’s wrong” to “what’s possible?”

Possibility will give you the push to keep going-even before all of your personal body goals are met.

If you’ve tried to stick to a plan in the past, and it just didn’t work or you started to feel defeated early on, this program is for you.

+ Support

You get full access to me over the course of your 3-month program via email and group calls. This might look like getting your questions answered whenever they come up or receiving specific recommendations and action steps based on your personal struggles and goals.

+ Information

This quiets all that internet noise. The course materials cut through all the distraction and provides you with nutritional insights relevant to dancers. 

+ Connections

Connect with dancers from around the world whom you have so much in common with! It’s amazing how much is shared in the dancer experience. 

+ Mindset Shifts

You’ll see the power of personal growth and positive psychology practices in action. Each week of the program builds on itself to create a transformed mind and approach to dance.

+ Action Steps

At every coaching call, specific actions you’ll be able to take right away are identified. You’re already taking massive action when you show up for this program and complete each module’s journaling exercises. However, by taking it a step further, your opportunities for growth are magnified.

+A Clear, Specific, Proven 7-Step Process

If someone tells you they can help you create a calm approach to food, your body, and your dancing, but there’s no process behind their work, something is likely missing. 

Information without a clear process rarely delivers. 

Think about it, there’s information all over the internet. It’s out there for you to find, so why should you invest in yourself through an online course and group program? Well, this program gives you a path. It takes you on a journey to long-term, sustainable, physical and mental shifts.

Check out this related post :   Christina shares her Eating Disorder Recovery story.

The process is also holistic. It’s not just about food and your body. It’s about creating a life that supports your goals and well-being. There’s a big, cross-training component with Tanya Tromly of Bulletproof Ballerina.

It sets you up for balance in dance and balance in life. If you’re in need of support, the next round of the program opens in April 2021. Whatever your plans are in the next few months, it’s never a bad time to invest in and commit to yourself.

Alleviating the mental stress you feel around your body is an essential first step in achieving your body goals-just committing to yourself and signing up for The Dancers’ Best Body Program can alleviate some of that stress!

Need the program details? Check here first, if you’re still unsure if you’re the right fit, feel free to email me at info@thewholedancer.com! As always, I’m here for you!

Scholarship applications are open for the April 2021 round of The Dancers’ Best Body Course + Group Coaching Program thru April 1, 2021.

This post was originally published in April of 2017. It was updated for relevance and clarity in March 2021.

Confidence in Just a Leotard and Tights

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

3 thoughts on “Confidence in Just a Leotard and Tights

  • May 20, 2021 at 4:33 am

    Once (hopefully!) the pandemic ends, I am seriously looking into taking an adult Barre class as something new to try (at: soon-to-be 35!). I took Dance in my teens (with gymnastics….though, mainly for fun) and, try to be proactive about my health. So, believe me: I know full well the “leotard thing” (lol!). However, THAT may seem a little more daunting a proposition to me now (even though I’m fully comfortable with my curves).

    I guess my question would be (and I apologize if it sounds like a silly one): would such a class like that have a regulated dress code requiring different color leos for different levels of “advancement” within the class? Or(?): none of the professional rules would apply to something which would be more considered just “recreational fitness”?

    I love vintage fashion and my favorite choreographer was/is Fosse. I know the solid black look (talking: long sleeve scoopneck Danskin 70s stuff with same color tights) is typically reserved for Jazz and is not Classical-themed attire, but: it’s the furthest extent (related to this topic) I’d feel publicly confident-in willing to go to. Thank you.

    • May 22, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Cristina!

      So good for you to be getting back into it! Never too late. Usually for both barre exercise classes or adult ballet open classes the dress code is simply whatever you feel comfortable in. There was definitely a long time when I took full advantage and wore all the warm ups to open classes (even when I was still dancing professionally). However, now as my confidence has grown, I sometimes take open ballet class in just a leotard and tights (granted, black tights over). For barre classes I like leggings and a tank top. I find baggier pants get in the way. Just some things to keep in mind. Whatever you decide to wear, have fun!!
      Thanks for your comment.

      • May 24, 2021 at 5:58 am

        Thank you for the reply! Another option I thought of (after I’d posted) was: a sleeveless black unitard with a tank top over it.

        Enjoy your day!,
        Cristina S.


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