Before anyone goes crazy, let me preface this video by stating that I think every body can dance. I don’t think there’s a one – sized fits all body type that needs to be strived for in order to dance and enjoy dancing. However, it’s a fact that everyone’s body is different and silhouettes of leotards and skirts may compliment one body type more than another.

Also, it’s important to me that you know I think the #1 thing to consider when choosing what leotards, tights or skirts to wear is how they make you feel. If something makes you feel confident, happy or inspired – wear it! If something makes you feel beautiful – wear it!

Don’t let anyone dictate what you can or cannot wear.

These tips are just some things to keep in mind. After you watch this video you might notice that a leotard you’ve never really enjoyed wearing could be a cut or style that’s not the best on your body type. That’s totally ok – take it as a sign that you should give it away, trade, or sell it.

There’s no reason to keep leotards, clothes, or anything really that doesn’t bring you joy and make you feel good. You might find you’re happier if you just keep the leotards that make you feel confident even if it means having less of them. Personally I’d rather have 5 leotards I love vs. 30 leotards that make me unhappy.

After I retired from dance I got rid of most of my leotards – something I’ve come to regret since I’m now dancing again. However, it did give me the opportunity to rebuild my collection from scratch and to only buy leotards that are more flattering to my shape.

How many leotards are in your collection? Do you prefer a specific style over another? What about materials? Do you find some materials more flattering than others? Share in the comments. I’d love to hear what your preferences around leotards are and how you’ve come to that conclusion!

Dressing for your body type in ballet.
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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.

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