Editors' List: The Goods
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Dancers know there's no time like summer for sun, sand...and sweat! Gross but true: Whether your summer intensive has air conditioning or not (just because some people like to yell about how AC is bad for dancers), there's no denying that summertime dancing brings with it all kinds of sweatiness—and resultant smelliness.

Consider this quintet of products your Anti-Odor Justice League. They're sworn to protect you—not to mention your fellow dancers!—from the sweaty, stinky, just-plain-nasty worst of all that higher temps threaten.

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Editors' List: The Goods
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With the long, super-sweaty days of summer intensives fast approaching, there has possibly never been a better time to make sure your dancewear drawer is full—and fully equipped!—for whatever your training and performance plans might be.

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All tights are not created equal, so Pointe has listed 26 manufacturers to give you an idea of the broad selection available. Tights come in a variety of styles, such as footed, footless or convertible; mesh or non-mesh; and seamed or non-seamed. And colors can range from traditional pink to black, white, tan and nude. We have also listed new styles and innovative technologies. For further information, contact the companies directly.



Allen Bodywear
800-328-7107
www.discountdance.com
Details: men’s sizes only, two styles in black and white
New in the last year: convertible tights with suspenders

Bal Togs
800-992-6629
www.baltogs.com
Details: men’s footed in an assortment of colors

Baum’s Dancewear
800-8-DANCIN
www.baumsdancewear.com
Details: women’s sizes only in a variety of styles and colors

Bloch
800-94-BLOCH
www.blochworld.com
Details: women’s sizes only in a variety of styles and colors

Body Wrappers
800-323-0786
www.bodywrappers.com
Details: women’s sizes in a variety of styles and colors
New in the last year: men’s footed tights in black and white featuring non-knit construction and a seamed instep; ankle-height “footie” in a variety of colors, designed to protect feet inside shoes when not wearing tights

Capezio/Ballet Makers, Inc.
877-5-DANCER
www.capeziodance.com
Details: men’s and women’s sizes in a wide variety of styles and colors
New in the last year: women’s microfiber tights in a variety of colors, knit with run-proof microfiber yarn at the convertible opening

Dance Department
800-328-7107
www.discountdance.com
Details: women’s sizes only in a variety styles and colors

Danskin
888-DANSKIN
www.danskin.com
Details: women’s sizes and plus sizes, in a variety of styles and colors
New in the last year: ultra-soft micofiber arch-support footed tights; ultra-soft microfiber plus-size convertible tights; three new colors to match dance shoes: caramel, café, sun bronzed

Eurotard
800-222-0026
www.eurotard.com
Details: women’s sizes in a variety of styles and colors; men’s footed in black and white; convertible body tights in unisex sizes
New in the last year: men’s sizes in footed, ankle-length and capri-length with wide waistband; several styles of tights and body tights in plus sizes

Freed of London
866-MY-FREED x 232
www.freedoflondon.com
Details: women’s sizes only in a variety of styles and colors

Gaynor Minden
800-637-9240
www.dancer.com
Details: women’s sizes only; two styles of microfiber; one style of wool/microfiber blend

Grishko
800-474-7454
www.grishko.com
Details: women’s sizes only, two styles of convertible available in pink and black

Harmonie 
877-5-DANCER
www.harmoniedance.com
Details: men’s footless in black, white, burgundy and marine; women’s sizes in one style of pink convertible

Leo’s Dancewear

800-736-LEOS
www.leosdancewear.com
Details: women’s sizes only in a variety of styles and colors

Main Street Dancewear
804-780-1718
www.mainstreetdancewear.com
Details: women’s sizes only, four styles in a variety of colors

Merlet
800-660-6818
Details: women’s sizes only in one style of microfiber and one style of Lycra, several colors available
New in the last year: beige color available in the Lycra style

Mirella
800-457-0304
www.mirella-dance.com
Details: men’s sizes of seamed footed in black, grey and stage white

M Stevens

323-661-2147
See your local retailer
Details: unisex sizes in two styles: footless cotton/poly/Lycra blend in a wide variety of colors and footed Milliskin nylon/Lycra blend in a wide variety of colors

Mondor, Ltd.
800-363-1952
www.mondor.com
Details: women’s sizes only in a variety of styles and colors
New in the last year: Wellness tights with vitamin E, in footed or convertible and a variety of colors; footed durable performance tights; performance tights with microfiber/Lycra blend to provide leg support in footed or convertible; lightweight performance tights in footed or convertible; knee-highs with microfiber/Lycra blend to provide leg and foot support

Natalie
800-328-7107
www.discountdance.com
Details: women’s sizes in a long-sleeve stirrup body stocking available in nude
New in the last year: adult sizes in a body-smoothing undergarment capri tight available in nude or black

Prima Soft
215-572-5177
www.prima-soft.com
Details: men’s and women’s sizes in a wide variety of styles and colors
New in the last year: men’s sizes in heavy-weight, footed style, available in black and white

Radetsky Dancewear
212-246-6212
Available at Sansha NYC
Details: men’s and women’s sizes in a variety of footless styles; available in many colors; some styles have prints

Repetto
800-858-5855
www.repetto.com
Details: women’s sizes only in a variety of styles and colors

Sansha
910-371-0101
www.sansha.com
Details: men’s and women’s sizes in a wide variety of styles and colors
New in the last year: adult microfiber footless fashion tights available in new colors: purple, forest green, white and turquoise

Só Dança
800-269-5033
www.sodanca.com
Details: men’s sizes in black footless; women’s sizes in footed and convertible styles in a variety of colors

Wear Moi
888-831-0880
www.auroascollection.com
Details: men’s sizes in black footed; women’s sizes in footed, footless and convertible in several colors


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There’s nothing worse than pulling on your tights and watching a run make its way down your leg. All of the harsh wear we put our tights through on a daily basis can cause them to rip. But there are a few simple steps you can take to help extend their lifespan.

 

  • Read the label: Make sure your tights are made of a sturdy material, like Nylon and Lycra, to ensure a strong hold but also elasticity.
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  • Wear the right size. Tights that are too small are more likely to run when they’re overstretched.
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  • Hand wash your tights, or put them in a small mesh bag and keep the washing machine on gentle cycle.
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  • Always let your tights air dry. The dryer's strong heat and constant spinning wears down the fibers, thinning your tights and making them more susceptible to holes and runs.
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  • Keep your toenails and fingernails short. (Your partner will thank you for this one, too.)
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  • Store your tights somewhere safe. A drawer with splintered wood may not be your best choice. Keeping tights in plastic baggies can protect them no matter their housing conditions.
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  • If you know you’re going to be pulling your tights off at lightning speed during a quick change, spray them with a strong hold hairspray when you first put them on. They may feel stiffer, but this adds extra binding to its threads for a rapid take-off without complications.
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  • If you do get a run, don’t panic. It happens to the best of us. Put the tights on—slowly and carefully—and paint both ends of the run with clear nail polish, then let dry. Doing this with the tights on ensures you'll cover each ripped thread and that the polish won’t wrinkle or look thick when dried.

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