Dancers Look Pretty Great in Their Underwear
Remember when, a couple of years ago, Hanes featured Momix dancers in a few of their television commercials? It was a genius idea for a brand trying to prove that its underwear was not only comfy but would also stay put: have a group of people who know how to move (and have gorgeous bodies, to boot) put that claim to the test.
Well, now Fruit of the Loom has cottoned on (har har!) to the idea. As I was flipping through the September issue of InStyle magazine, I saw the kind of gorgeous FOTL ad at right. And the beautiful dancer featured in it, with those amazing feet? She's American Ballet Theatre member Puanani Brown, who was also one of the stars of our March 2010 tutu fashion shoot. Work those skivvies, Pua!
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.