Last-Minute Presents Designed by Dancers

Whether you're looking for that perfect present for your BFF, or something easy for your whole studio #squad, shopping decisions during the holidays can be crazy-making. Fortunately, there are tons of dancer-owned companies and dancer-designed products out there, so you can buy presents for everyone while simultaneously supporting fellow artists.

We rounded up a few of our faves, from nutrition bars to custom leos. Did we leave out a dancer brand you love? Let us know in the comments!

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Joy Womack's The Prima Bar is a nutrition bar for dancers on the go and the perfect stocking stuffer for the 12 people you forgot to buy presents for.

Are your two besties fitness fiends? Former dancer Rachel Hamrick's FLX system offers balls, bands and stretching devices to help them get that leg up.

Rubia Wear and Fusco Knitwear both offer stylish legwarmers designed by ladies who really know their stuff. Boston Ballet's Ashley Ellis is the creator of Rubia Wear, while Pennsylvania Ballet's Holly Lynn Fusco makes Fusco Knitwear. Need something matching for your whole comp team? Here ya go.

Ready to splurge on someone extra special? Former dancer Jordan Reed makes sassy custom leos, and ballet superstar Maria Kochetkova's new t-shirt line is irresistible.

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Smuin Ballet's Susan Roemer and Pacific Northwest Ballet's Elizabeth Murphy make elegant, understated leos, too!

The legwarmers and leos are custom-made, so they might not be ready in time for Christmas. But an IOU, with the promise of something really special, might be just as good.

 

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

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