One of the highlights of being part of a dance school or dance academy is taking part in a show. It requires a great deal of hard work, lots of commitment, and a good helping of determination but in return it’s truly rewarding. Dance teachers and dance students alike often make a great commitment to making sure that these shows look the best they possibly can so they can be enjoyed by the audience. An effective dance costume can play a big role in this and the great thing is there’s no need to spend a fortune.
Most dancers are familiar with the fact that Nylon Lycra leotards are available in a very wide range of different colours such as candy pink, jade, med blue, purple, raspberry, red and many more. This is highly useful when looking for a leotard to use as a basis for a dance costume because the use of colour is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to have a significant effect on the way your audience feels. However, if you’re looking for something more striking, printed fabrics can offer a great deal of flexibility and are exciting too.
There are a wide range of printed fabric from which leotards can be made. Popular printed fabrics include camouflage prints, animal prints such as leopard, polka dots, rainbow and harlequin among many others. A particular favourite of mine is Zebra, which has very thick black and white curved stripes which reach around the body to create a highly striking appearance when under the stage lights. Leotards can also be available in two contrasting fabrics such as Fluorescent Stripe and Nylon Lycra black, or Grafitti and Denim. There’s no need to limit yourself to leotards either as a wide range of dancewear such as unitards, catsuits, gloves and leggettes are also available in printed fabrics.
Plain Nylon Lycra leotards and Cotton Lycra leotards are available from a wide range of specialist dance costume manufacturers retailers whereas leotards with printed designs can be a little more difficult to find. Your local dance shop may stock a small number of printed leotards though it’s likely that the range is very limited. This can be frustrating if you’re trying to create a very specific feel for your show. If this is the case then there’s no need to be disappointed as there are a handful of dancewear retailers that offer a specialist make-to-order dancewear service which can offer much more flexibility when it comes to printed fabrics. By having your dancewear made-to-order, you can choose a specific style of leotard and then exactly which printed fabric you want to have it manufactured in.