7 Basic Types of Dance Leotard Styles For Your Dancewear Collection

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Leotards are a dancer’s second skin. While all good quality leotards are designed to stretch and move freely with the dancer, each design also gives each dancer a certain personality, a special feeling.

With the latest fashion trends in the world of dance, leotards now come in all sorts of styles, cutting, colours, fabrics, and details. Whether its lycra fabric, velvet, or printed designs, we dancers have a craving (or expensive hobby) to collect them all!

But let’s start with the basics. Here are the 7 basic types of dance leotard styles for your dancewear collection!

Tank Leotard

Tank leotards are sleeveless with thick shoulder straps. They usually come in a wide round neckline, but recent trends have made it this design much more interesting. There are now plenty of neckline options such as the heart-shaped neckline or a gathered front. For dancers with bigger busts that require more coverage and stability, tank leotards are perfect for you! Tank leotards are also a common style for ballet syllabus exam dancewear.

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Camisole Leotard

Also known as the ‘spaghetti-straps’ style, the classic camisole leotard is especially popular among ballerinas. It has thin straps that show off the dancer’s shoulders, as well as creating a soft overall look. During the summer, most dancers would opt for this style and layer it with pieces of clothing during warmups. The camisole leotard is also commonly found to be a ballet syllabus exam dancewear.

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Halter Neck Leotard

The halter neck leotard is a great way to spice up your leotard collection without getting too fancy. It beautifully shows off the defined shoulders and the back of a dancer while maintaining quite a modern look. The best part? You don’t have to worry about straps falling off your shoulders!

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Short Sleeve Leotard

Similar to sleeves like a t-shirt, the short sleeve leotard is popular among young dancers. Well, don’t they look adorable in those caps sleeves? Although, some dancers might find the sleeves distracting; however, they are one of the basic leotards. With the recent blow up in leotard trends, there are many short sleeve leotard designs that have incorporated different fabrics together such as mesh and lace to create a more professional look for senior dancers.

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Long Sleeve Leotard

Well, similar to short sleeves leotard, this leotard just has long sleeves. The great thing about long sleeve leotards is that it accentuates the arms of a dancer, giving it an even longer and flowing illusion. Most dancers wear it during winter when it is colder; however, you can opt for a more airy material to wear during summer such as lycra or with mesh fabric on the sleeves.

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Mock Neck Leotard

The mock neck leotard, also known as mock turtleneck, has a close- fitting high neckline. This gives an illusion of a longer neckline which creates a more elegant and so sophisticated look. Mock neck leotards are also available in different kinds of sleeves be it long, short, or even none!

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Zipper Leotard

The zipper leotard has a working zipper that is often located either in the front near the neckline or in the back. Although some are for decorative purposes, it also serves to be very convenient for dancers who want a quick change. Zippers in the front also allow dancers to adjust accordingly to their liking. If it’s cold, zip up; and if it’s hot, zip down! Most zipper leotards tend to have a more athletic feel.

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Now that you’re familiar with these basic types of dance leotards styles, it’s time to expand your dancewear collection! One pretty leotard at a time.

Let us know which dance leotard style you like most! Also, leave a comment below if you’d like to read on tips about how to choose the right leotard for your body type.


Grace Rundi

Continuously searching for an artistic voice, spotting muses, and drawing inspirations.

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