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Merry and bright: A dancer’s gift guide

Esmé Chou.
Esmé Chou.

The countdown has begun. Santa has begun packing his sleigh, and you’ve probably started your Christmas shopping as well. But it’s not too late to add a few more items to your wish list, or to give your favorite dancer a little special something for the holidays. 

It’s been a rough couple years. Let’s make this season extra merry and bright with some fabulous dance offerings as gifts. Read on for some of our favorite gift ideas for dancers! 

Add some brightness to your life.

During the cold, dark months of winter, we all need a little more brightness in our life. And that can start…with a fresh, bold new dance look! Só Dança’s Chloe Leggings from the Brittany Cavaco Collection are like the athletic version of candy canes, and they’re so exciting (and super comfortable), that we’d wear them everywhere – in the studio and on the street. We also love the bright, spunky Simone Leggings, which are guaranteed to make any dancer stand out in the best possible way.

Lena Garcia.
Lena Garcia.

As for leotards, young dancer Lena Garcia, who trains at Stars Dance Studio in Miami, FL, and who won Só Dança’s Just Dance virtual competition last June, says she thinks all her friends would really love the Só Dança Julie Leotard. “It is a fun styled leotard, and it’s very pretty and delicate,” Garcia says. “Perfect for a Christmas gift!” 

And what’s on Garcia’s own wish list this year? “I would love to have the Gianetta Leotard in all colors!” she says. “They are perfect for class!” And it’s true, too. This simple style is classic but stunning. The colors are unique, and the crossed back straps are flattering and beautiful. 

Young dancer Esmé Chou, who trains at Project 21 and Yorba Linda Academy of Ballet in Yorba Linda, CA, says she’s asking for black leotards for ballet class, convertible ballet tights, pretty leotards from Só Dança’s Diamonds in the Rough Collection, her favorite SD16 ballet shoes, and dance shorts and dance top sets in bright colors.

And for her dance friends? She plans on gifting any fashion leotard from Só Dança’s From Rio With Love Collection. One look at this gorgeous, shimmery Jessica Cap Sleeve Leotard with tear-drop open back and mesh inserts, and that’s going on our wish list, too! 

“Só Dança products are consistently very well made, and my mom knows that they will not fall apart, fade or bleed in the wash,” Chou says. “I like how soft and stretchy and comfortable all of the dancewear is, and I can always count of Só Dança for designing pretty leotards that feel unique, even if they are ‘basic black’ for ballet classes and intensives!”

Chou also points out that tops like the Fatima two-toned crop top and bottoms like the Be You™ Queenie Shorts would make a great outfit and a great gift for a dancer in your life. 

Accessories, please!

When in doubt, get a stocking and stuff it with dance goodies like a Mini Glitter Pointe Shoe Keychain, a Tie-Dye Face MaskScrunchies, a Stitch Kit and a ballet skirt like the Nadia pull-on skirt. And when in doubt, Chou says, “you can never go wrong with gifting a gift card!” 

Esmé Chou.
Esmé Chou.

Or if you can’t make up your mind, leave it up to Só Dança! The brand is offering Mystery Bags for a limited time. Each bag comes with four items – a leotard, a pair of tights, a top (shirt, tank top, bralette or crop top) and bottoms (skirt, shorts, pants or leggings), and are available in child and adult sizes. You can even request any specific color or modifications. Who doesn’t love surprises?! How fun!

Don’t forget the boys and men in your life.

Dance is for everyone. Surprise that male in your life – dance teacher, dad who drives you to dance class, friend in class, even a younger brother who probably watches and wants to dance like you. The Luiz black ballet tights from Só Dança are comfortable, stretchy and stylish. And speaking of comfortable, gift that male dancer in your life a pair of the Bellamy Super-Pro Split Sole Stretch Canvas Ballet Shoes. He’ll thank you! The SD122 is Só Dança’s first shoe with a memory foam heel cup and pad. 

We’re also super excited about the new book, My Daddy Can Fly, co-written by American Ballet Theatre Principal Thomas Forster and Shari Siadat. It’s about a young boy who wants to “fly” just like his dancer daddy, and it would make a wonderful gift this holiday season. 

To shop these products and more, visit www.sodanca.com.

By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa.

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