Here at Elevé we believe that every dancer is unique and what they wear should be a representation of their personality. As dancers, we spend all day in front of the mirror perfecting our line, rehearsing choreography, and trying to stand out. When we step into the studio, we want to look our best, we want to be individuals.
My quest for great fitting dance wear began after the birth of my second child. Yes, somehow I was lucky enough to bear two children in the middle of my 16 year dancing career. I was back in shape, rehearsing hard and was ready for something new to wear. I’m on the tall side for a dancer (5’8”), with a long torso and finding a leotard that fit well was challenging. After a very unsuccessful trip to the local dance shop, I decided to try making my own. I was already making coverups and skirts so why not leotards? Ha, success! A leotard that fit, didn’t bubble out in the back, and stayed where I needed it to stay. The best part is that I could add patterns and colors that weren’t typically available in the stores. Of course I couldn’t walk into the studio with one of my new creations without all of my friends wanting a leotard of their own. As my busy schedule allowed, I would make leotards and skirts for other dancers. My transformation to costume designer soon followed. I began creating costumes for Kansas City Ballet's director William Whitener and for other local choreographers in the KC metro area.
I was very fortunate to have a long dancing career and to work with many amazing people. I had wonderful teachers that believed in me and pushed me to dance my best. I was given opportunities beyond what I ever thought imaginable and I am grateful for that.
It's easy to feel uncertain in such a demanding career. Our rehearsal clothing shouldn't add to those insecurities. My goal with my dance wear line is not to only give dancers clothing that is comfortable and stylish, but also give them the confidence to dance and look their best. Have fun, be creative, and let your inner designer emerge. Wear Elevé and you will get noticed!