Finding Dancing Gear In Montreal...
Dancer or not, if you ever had the need to purchase a leotard, chances are you didn't have much choice at hand. Dancing apparel seems to be an endangered species of boutiques since there really aren't that many in the city. In addition to this issue, the existing stores I am sorry to say, are often old and dusty. Don't get me wrong, I know that most of them have been around for years and that they seem to want to keep their traditional looks as part of their charm. While it does pleasantly plunge me back into childhood when I visit, a little makeover would do them good...just sayin'. So you are going through the racks of suits and leotards and it's always the same brands and in the same colours: black, white, ballet pink (I still love that one though) and sometimes marine. This is great when you are going for the classic look, but what about a spunky and bright leotards? Why shouldn't ballet classes or practice time be more fun and personalized to your own style? Most importantly the clothes should fit you properly. Well with DellAira Designs you can create your OWN leotard! After taking your measurements, you get to select the style of leotards you like AND the fabric patterns as well. The choices are endless: spandex, lycra, mesh and the combinations with the fabrics? Tons and all beautiful, it's hard to make a choice. Did I mention how very affordable these pieces are?
DellAira Designs bySahra Maira
A soloist having been with Les Grands Ballets since 2010, Sahra has a diversified repertoire of dance experience and is simply breath taking to watch. I immediately recognized her as the Spaniard dancer in last year's The Nut Cracker performance with her beautiful red dress (like the emoji); she set the stage on fire with every move. She mentions that for her, "dancing is expression through movement" but her sewing also expresses the transferable skills she applies to her dancing. The discipline, the precision and the passion. Whether they are leotards, bodysuits or yoga shirts, the quality of her work is noticeable at first glance. Not only that, they are made custom size so they are sure to fit properly and follow every move you make.
When going for coffee one evening, I asked her how she managed to dance full time AND make all this dance gear? All in time management and driven by the thirst to create. She will sometimes use her lunch break to eat at home and complete some of her sewing then and then it's back to dancing. She has made so many leotards already that almost all of her Grands Ballets colleagues are sporting her creations. She is well set up on Etsy and has gorgeous bodysuits ready to go as well if you are of the indecisive kind or in a hurry.
No Double Butt!
If you have ever worn ballet gear or a leotard with shorts on top, you will inevitably have what is referred to in the dance world as : a double butt. Not sure who coined this term but that is exactly what it is. The lining of the leotard on your buttox shows through the shorts and presses against you so it looks like you may have a total of four butt cheeks. Not many dancers mention it, we just deal but we all hate it. It's not elegant but for the sake of dancing, we all just tell ourselves that everyone knows that we don't have a double butt and that it is understood that it's just the leotard showing through. Secretly though, we are dying inside. It is SO frustrating. Pro dancer or not, no one deserves a double butt. Being a professional dancer herself, Miss DellAira Designs knows this and can guarantee that your leotard will not create an extra butt on top of the one you already have. Knowing fully well most dancers detest this look, Sahra ensures to make this part on the leotard a little longer to reduce the effect of a double butt significantly. I am proud to say that in the leotard order I made, I have no double butt. NONE. Not only that, but I am thrilled to be wearing a body suit that a dancer from Les Grands Ballets Canadiens made especially for me! Did I mention that they are all lined at the chest area as well? Amazing. Just awesome. My black with roses leotard is beautiful and comfortable and as many Italians like to say, I invented it. Well I picked the style and fabric but Sahra sewed it to life.
These would make great personalized gifts for young ballerinas or anyone who enjoys their dance class very much! Imagine wearing a custom size and style bodysuit made by a real ballerina from the big leagues...what could be more inspiring?
Thank you for the leotard and flowery top Sahra, I am one leotard closer to you every dance class ;)
When are YOU getting your own fresh DellAira leotard?
Bee unique in your leotard...!
My name is Ivana. I love photography and meeting people. I hold a Master's in counselling psychology and work as a career consultant. Music is my fuel and an important source of energy in my life. I drive my vespa around the city and I love what I do! :) About this blog: me on my artistic soap box!
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