DTB Review: WearMoi Dance Belt

Finding the perfect dance belt can be a tricky business. Everyone has their favourite (and often don’t agree!) but I reckon the WearMoi Dance Belt is the best I’ve ever worn.


Comfy, practical and fits like a glove; here is why I love it so much.

The facts:

Nicely padded dance belt with a medium width waist band. Available in black or beige (natural).

What I love about this product?

This is definitely the comfiest dance belt I’ve ever tried. The padding makes it nice and smooth and comfy, meaning I could happily wear it all day long at the recent Ballet Cymru Summer Intensive. The belt is wide enough to be comfortable without getting in the way.

What’s not so great about this product?

Whilst the padding makes wearing this dance belt for hours on end as comfortable an experience as possible, the padding can leave a rather obvious crease mark at the front that is visible in lighter coloured tights. The back is a bit thicker than other dance belts I’ve tried so might take some getting used to.

Where can you buy them?

I’ve gotten my last couple of WearMoi dance belts from online retailer Porselli. WearMoi also have an online website, although I’ve never used it.

In short:

The best dance belt I’ve ever worn: comfortable, smart and easily wearable for hours on end.

DTB Ratings

Appearance ★★★★★★★★★☆
Quality ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Value for Money ★★★★★★★★★☆
Overall Rating: ★★★★★★★★½☆

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DTB Review: Capezio Quilted Dance Belt

Two years ago, when I signed up for my first ever ballet class, I went searching for a dance belt. Not knowing much about different dance brands I went to the biggest store I could find in NYC, Capezio, and bought one of their Quilted Dance Belts.

I’ve owned a few of these, and whilst nothing flash, they do the job they need to do.

The facts:

A straightforward dance belt from Capezio, with a little bit of padding. Available in white, natural and black.

What I love about this product?

This does the job it needs to! It keeps everything safe and secure and offers a little bit of padding for comfort. It’s not too expensive (£16.40 on the Capezio website) and the wide belt means that there isn’t an obvious ‘belt-line’ that thinner belts can give (if you have a little bit of hip-flab at least…!). It washes great, both by hand and in the machine and I’ve still got mine from two years ago – still going strong!

What’s not so great about this product?

A minimal amount of padding means that this dance belt can be rather uncomfortable to wear for hours on end. The wide elastic belt can roll down over itself if you’re not careful. The elastic in my older dance belts has worn down quite a bit and on one pair has split (meaning ends of the elastic now poke through the fabric).

Where can you buy them?

I bought my first dance belt at the Capezio store in New York and have since bought them from the London store too.

In short:

This is a fairly basic dance belt that does the job but not much more. Great to start out with, but if you’re going to be dancing for hours on end you might want something else…

DTB Ratings

 

Appearance ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
Quality ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆
Value for Money ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆

 

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DTB Review: So Danca Men’s Split Sole Canvas Shoe

Whilst at the Ballet Cymru Summer Intensive, one of my flatmates, Taylor, recommended I try these shoes out. He uses nothing else at Elmhurst, where he trains, and swore if I tried them I would understand.

It’s true. These shoes are amazing, and I can’t see myself using anything else in the near future!

The facts:

They are a men’s canvas ballet slipper, with split soles, two elastics (one end sewn at the heel) and are available in black and white.

What I love about this product?

Unlike most other shoes I’ve tried, the So Dancas have a separate ‘middle’ (in between the two soles) made of a different, stretchier, fabric to the rest of the shoe. This means the shoe really hugs your arch, giving your foot a great shape and it even feels like you have a little support when trying to be really high on your demi-pointe. This does mean that the shoes feel really tight to start – I ordered a UK 9.5 and when I first wore them I thought I would need a 10 unstead. After a week or so of wear, however I realised that I actually could do with wearing a 9 instead! You might want to therefore ‘wear them in’ around the house before your first class in them.

What’s not so great about this product?

Because of this canvas panel being so stretchy, I didn’t want to do my usual technique of sewing the elastics (Passing through both elastic and shoe on each stitch). Instead I ended up having to sew the elastic to the inner fabric of the shoe only. This was a bit fiddly (which probably is more my ineptitude at sewing!) but also resulted in the white inner fabric being pulled up and showing whilst I wear the shoes (I ended up colouring it in with permanent marker). I also don’t know if you’d be able to dye the white shoes easily because of the different fabrics.

Where can you buy them?

Unfortunately, I am yet to find these shoes in any dance shop in London. I bought my first pair of Move Dancewear. The shoes are around a tenner which is pretty reasonable for a men’s ballet slipper, especially one of such high quality.

In short:

A fantastic ballet slipper that I couldn’t imagine dancing without. The unique design hugs your arch and gives your foot a great look!

DTB Ratings

Appearance ★★★★★★★★★☆
Quality ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Value for Money ★★★★★★★★★☆
Overall Rating: ★★★★★★★★½☆

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DTB Inspiration: Wheeldon, Nureyev, Bonelli…

I’ve been stuck in bed this last week with the flu, pretty bad eh? Haven’t been able to go to the office (okay, that hasn’t been so bad), haven’t been able to leave the house (that’s pretty bad) and haven’t been able to take ballet class (that’s been really bad).

Pretty much the only positive about this was that it gave me a chance to watch a lot of ballet. I mean a lot. I think I cycled through all my Ballet DVDs and then headed to YouTube to help inspire me. It definitely worked and I’m eager to get back in to the studio to use this inspiration (although I’m trying to stop myself from being too eager and making myself ill again!) so I thought I’d share some of my favourite videos…

Lamenting about my lack of new stuff to watch, one of my followers suggested I watch Strictly Bolshoi. It’s a great documentary following Christopher Wheeldon as he travels to the Bolshoi Ballet to create a new piece on them. Having to overcome language barriers, petulant Principals and a bad case of “choreographer’s block”, Wheeldon comes through to produce a stunning piece to Arvo Pärt’s Third Symphony (shown in full at the end of the documentary). As I’ve been working on choreographing my own little piece it was fascninating to see the choreographic process up close. It’s well worth a watch!

Next up, @LondonFlorists suggested I check out a Nureyev documentary on YouTube called I Am A Dancer. This is a fascinating documentary showing Nureyev in all roles: on stage (clips include a lovely Act 2 La Sylphide), rehearsing, directing and in class. Just watching him in class during the opening clip is so inspiring – to see the exact placement he gives to every single movement.

Talking of inspirational classes.. Royal Ballet Live was the social media event in the ballet world this year. Broadcasting on their YouTube channel for a full day, my personal highlight was getting to watch company class in the morning. The ROH has been awesome enough to upload it on its own, in full, and I couldn’t resist watching it again whilst in bed. Someone who always sticks out for me on stage is Dawid Trzensimiech, and he did the same in the class. I would give anything to have his attitude turns – they’re sheer perfection! (I’m also really jealous of his cool green tights…) Keep an eye out for RB stars from all the ranks and maybe follow along with some of the exercises at home? :)

One of the stars in that class is the awesome Federico Bonelli. He’s probably my favourite Male Principal Dancer in the Royal Ballet, if not the world, and he inspires me every time I watch him. There’s something about the way he fills the music, his effortless lines and crisp technique. This week @CrystalBallet posted a link of him in the Act III Sleeping Beauty Pas de Deux; His variation is awesome! I particularly love his crisp double tours and his fouetté transitions from arabesque to passé. Add to that mix Alina Cojocaru and you have an amazing pas de deux, including those breathtaking pirouettes to fish dives that make me gasp every time I see them. Enjoy!

And talking of Bonelli… I couldn’t resist including my favourite YouTube clip of all time. This has my favourite ballerina, danseur, ballet and choreographer all in one. Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli in the Balcony Scene from Sir Kenneth McMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. If this isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is.

So that’s some of the inspiration that has gotten me through this stupid flu. What’s your inspiration at the moment? Do you have a favourite YouTube clip? Please share it in the comments section below.

Until next time, keep on dancing!