There’s nothing better than the feeling you get when you walk into your favorite dance store. You're surrounded by shelves of pointe shoes, racks of warm ups and—my personal favorite—gorgeous leotards. But with all of those leo options, it can be a daunting task to pick out your favorites. Which will make you look your best? To help, we’ve made a list for the best leotards to flatter every body shape. When you feel comfortable in your dancewear, it can do wonders for your confidence, and in-turn, affect your performance in class, rehearsal and even auditions.

The color orange has a special meaning for Keith Lin, designer of KeithLink leotards. To him it signifies sunshine and the happiness of dancing. For six years, Lin’s colleagues in the dance world urged him to start his own line of leotards, and on April 4, the brand launched its first Spring/Summer collection, Awakening.

Lignes Dancewear Stripe Leotard

Courtesy of Lignes Dancewear

Claire Mazza from Manhattan Youth Ballet

Photo by Jayme Thornton

Published November 24, 2009
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Dresden SemperOper Ballett principal dancer Yumiko Takeshima knows a thing or two about time management. When she’s not rehearsing, she’s designing for Yumiko, her trendy dancewear line. “I never have a holiday!” she says. “But I don’t feel like it’s a job—I really enjoy it.” Her d…more »