I know my arm is all wrong and I don’t have very good turnout, but I’m in it to win it. I am, by far, the chubbiest ballerina in my class, and I’m not a great dancer either, but I’m there, doing something that’s outside my comfort zone. And kinda fun.
I wasn’t sure how I would be received by the teachers or other students as a beginning adult ballet student who obviously doesn’t fit the “ideal” of the long, lean dancer, but so far, everyone’s been friendly, supportive, and patient.
One of the nerve-racking things I had to do was step into Artful Dancewear and try to find appropriate clothing. I know dancewear runs small to start with, and I was worried that they would give me that pained smile and say, “Sorry, nothing in your size.” But the saleswoman, who was herself plus sized, showed me two styles of plus size leotards (of course, there were dozens of styles of straight-size leos). Later, as I was browsing the tights, another clerk went to the back room to find tights in several colors that fit me perfectly. So an anxious shopping trip quickly turned into a very pleasant experience.
Leotard - Capezio Team Basics, 2x
Tights - BodyWrappers TotalStretch convertible tights, 3x/4x (here)
Top - Walmart, 18/20
Shorts - Old Navy, XL (just bought these, but they’re not on the Website)