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10 Dancewear Companies Run by Real Dancers

Finding the perfect leotard, warm-ups,  spandex shorts, or skirt can be frustrating sometimes. It’s so hard to find unique dancewear that fits and expresses your personal style. These 10 dancewear companies have it all figured out though, from the perfect-fitting leotard to the sassiest spandex short, and the cutest warm-ups. Because they’re all run by current or former dancers, they know exactly how to meet the style and comfort needs of dancers of all ages!


Abigail Mentzer Designs

Run by: Abigail Mentzer of Pennsylvania Ballet

Abigail Mentzer Designs

The perfect elastic skirts, dubbed “the slinky skirt” in a variety of trendy colors, giving you a fashion-forward and flirty addition to your studio look.



Run by: Adiarys Almeida, international principal ballet guest artist

Dancer: Adiarys Almeida, Photo: Michael Caims

Colorful leotards that have flattering cutouts and lace or mesh. Great for students and professionals alike. Chiffon ballet skirts in a variety of styles as well.


Barreto Dancewear

Run by: Ballet Idaho dancer Elizabeth Barreto

Photo: Francisco Estevez

Feminine leotards in pretty styles, with the option to pick your own favorite fabrics as well as size your leotard to your own measurements.



Run by: dancer and ballet-lover, Min, from Singapore

Cloud & Victory

This company produces several dance-related items, most notable are its quirky T-shirts with funny sayings like “Will Plié for Pizza” as well as gorgeous leotards with artistic screen prints and romantic chiffon wrap skirts.


Elevé Dancewear

Run by: Lisa Choules, a former dancer with Ballet West and Kansas City Ballet, among other companies

Eleve Dancewear

Notably, well-fitting leotards and tights in customizable styles and fabrics, tailored to every body type, with the goal of celebrating your individuality.



Run by: sisters Joey and Jackie, former New York City-based Broadway and jazz dancers


A large selection of unique dance and activewear with bright colors and a sporty look. They’ve created some super cool designs from spandex shorts to warmups to sports bras.


Lone Reed Designs

Run by: former Houston Ballet dancer Jordan Reed

Dancer: Alexandra de Roos, Photo: Chris Reilly

Customizable leotards with classic designs, featuring an array of choices of fabrics that include prints of subway maps and emojis, among other floral and solid options.


Luckyleo Dancewear

Run by: sisters Chelsea Early and Heather Walker, former Arizona Ballet dancers

Luckyleo Dancewear

Leotards in clean, simple styles with customizable colors and prints, all with the goal of making you feel beautiful in the studio.



Run by: Boston Ballet principal dancer Ashley Ellis


Leg-warmers that hug all the right places of the leg, don’t slide around, and come in cute unisex patterns. They also recently started making awesome warm-up rompers!



Run by: former Dutch National Ballet dancer Yumiko Takeshima

Yumiko LLC

One of the biggest names in personalized leotards, featuring durable, well-made leotards, unitards, skirts, and shorts for men and women in customizable color-block designs


Emily Strickland is a professional ballet dancer and writer from Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is currently dancing with Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas, where she’s had the opportunity to perform ballets like The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, as well as in a collaborative performance with Cirque du Soleil. Previously she was an artist at Columbia Classical Ballet and a trainee at Richmond Ballet, where she was the featured soloist in Connor Frain’s premiere piece “Inertia”. She has trained with Richmond Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Nashville Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition, she is a ballet instructor at Avery Ballet.

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