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This dance season, Port Orange dance trends range from the traditional to the eclectic! There are many options available at your local Port Orange dance store, as well as specialty brands online. Here are just a few hot trends to check out now!

Traditional Class wear

Nothing says “I’m a dancer” like traditional black leotard and tights. In fact, the tradition is so long-standing that most Port Orange dance studios require leotard and tights for most of their dance classes.

But don’t fear being boring or uninteresting in your outfit choice. Brands like Bloch and Capezio are always coming out with new twists on old favorites, like mesh inserts in leotards to new, more comfortable waistbands on tights. One of my favorite Bloch pieces is the Lana Mirage Scoop Neck Leotard in black with pretty cutouts at the back. Capezio offers the tried and true Ultra Soft Transition Tight with a self-knit waistband in 18 different colors so you are sure to find one that you love!

Convention Separates

Dancers love to stand out at conventions, and there is no shortage of fun, exciting dancewear to choose from in Port Orange dance trends at local stores. Mix and match with crop tops and shorts or leggings from The Dance Depot in South Daytona. Brands like Tiger Friday and Jo&Jax come out with new designs frequently and are always the hot look at conventions.

Another awesome feature of these smaller brands is that you can apply to be a brand ambassador for the company and get featured on their social media!

Beautiful Ballet Looks

Similarly to companies like Jo&Jax and Tiger Friday, there are now many boutique ballet brands that come out with limited edition leotards, warm-ups, and accessories to provide you with a unique look for ballet classes or intensives.

Created by ABT ballerina April Giangeruso, Chameleon Dancewear offers beautiful bespoke looks that are sure to make you feel like taking the stage! I am also a big fan of Jule Dancewear,  created by former professional ballet dancer Julia Cinquemani. Jule Dancewear features supportive leotards for dancers with all types of bodies.

Streetwear for Street Dance, Jazz Funk, and Hip Hop

Street styles thrive on uniqueness and individualism, and sometimes that can be hard to find in a traditional dancewear store. Current trends in these categories can be found by simply shopping at your favorite stores! As long as you can move and don’t feel constricted by your clothing (and your Port Orange dance studio dress code allows it), the world is your oyster when it comes to clothing! Layers, patterns, and hats can be used to personalize your look for these street dance styles.

Studio to Street – Activewear That Travels With You

One of the hottest trends in recent years is dancewear which can seamlessly transition to streetwear. We’re talking high-quality leggings, sleek tops, jackets, and even warm-up sweaters. Since so many dancers have busy schedules outside of the studio, it’s important to have clothing that can serve many purposes.

Brands like Alo Yoga offer some fantastic, quality products that when taken care of properly, can be enjoyed for years, both in and out of the dance studio.

For male dancers, the tried and true Lululemon License to Train pant provides a classic look in the studio as well as for cross-training.

Dance Accessories

All dancers love to accessorize their looks with various items that are functional as well as fashionable. Legwarmers and warm-up booties are still the gold standard for functional accessories that look great. Bloch makes a cozy and colorful warm-up bootie for children through adult sizes.

Accessories like dance bags can also double as travel duffles for weekend trips. I love the Ballet Squad Duffle by Capezio to store all your shoes for class and (with a spray of Febreeze) your outfit for the weekend!

Footwear For Dancers

Dance shoes may be the most important purchase of a dancer’s life, and aside from the old standards like Bloch, Capezio, and SoDanca, many brands now offer quality ballet, tap, jazz, and other styles of shoes for all your class needs! One newer brand out of Australia, Energetiks, makes a full line of high-quality shoes, including tap, ballet, jazz, character, and pointe.

For pointe dancers looking for a change, Virtisse is a new brand headed by three women including one with a Ph.D. in engineering with a revolutionary thesis on pointe shoe technology. The dance footwear industry is always evolving to bring dancers the newest and best products on the market.

Dancewear trends can come and go, but the most important thing to consider when purchasing new dance clothing is how it makes you feel. If you feel great, you’ll look great!

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