I firmly believe that ballet is for everyone. Physically invigorating, emotionally empowering, and creatively freeing, ballet feeds every portion of a person. From the proper management of bodily stress to the discipline of repetition, there is always something to be learned. Regardless of age, body type, and experience, the benefits of a ballet class are universally attainable- the “ballerina body”, however, is not quite so easily acquired. Enter Danseuse Balletwear. Created by style blogger/recreational ballet dancer, Michelle Haswell, and her fashion designer friend, Aleksandra “Dust” Stojadinov of the label Disturbance, Danseuse is a collection of luxe warm-ups designed to flatter all body types, from the lithe young ballerina to the one-class-a-week mother of 3, and every dancer in between. The line was born from Ms. Haswell’s struggles with the common insecurities that seem to spawn from most balletwear, and her unique vision of a truly beautiful,
“universal and luxurious collection, which is kind to all bodies and ages.”
Each piece reflects the graceful world from which it was inspired, incorporating sweet tulle hems, delicate wrapped fabrics, and soft feminine cuts to create elegant garments fit for a prima- and a pupil.
I had the pleasure of testing out two pieces from the Danseuse collection, made to order in The Netherlands by the talented Miss Dust herself. The darling Lana romper (pictured above) is the barre equivalent of your favorite onesie: soft, snuggly, effortless and a magnet for compliments. Even FBP’s artistic director stopped me in the hallway to check out the romper and let me know just how much he liked it! The coziest warmup in my arsenal, by far, and I’m loving this neutral pastel pallet- perfect for spring.
Also fluttering their way into the FBP studios, the breezy Wendy shorts feature a loose fit and curved hem, with high cut sides that resemble a longer style of the infamously flattering “SAB skirt“. These are perfect for keeping your hips warm without the restriction of any tight, clingy fabrics restricting your movement. All of the perks of a skirt, in shorts form…kind of like the ballerina version of that beloved skort from your childhood…see, dreams do come true! And with a name like Wendy, you know these are sure to be my new favorite shorts…
Both pieces are made to have a looser fit and feature adjustable drawstring waists, so you can easily tailor the garment precisely to your preference- grand battements to the gods, who’s with me?!
PS- Check out this post from Danseuse Balletwear co-founder, Michelle Haswell’s “pointers” (heh heh) for preparing for your first pointe class. I must admit, in my first pointe class I was guilty of that dreaded ribbon faux pas!
PPS- Leg warmers in the first photo by Rubiawear.
PPPS- Stay tuned for an exclusive chance to get your hands on some of my favorite brands, coming later this week!