Miami City Ballet's Ella Titus Talks Studio Style

Ella Titus (right) in company class at Miami City Ballet (Estefania Garcia, courtesy Miami City Ballet)

With her long limbs and delicate features, Ella Titus could pass as a model—and she has actually posed for fashion photographers on her days off from Miami City Ballet, where she's in the corps. But Titus also sets fashion trends: For several years now, she has designed and hand-knit her own line of legwarmers, Ella Warmers. Read on for her tips on achieving that pastel-pretty ballerina look.

How would you describe your personal style?

The beachy Miami lifestyle and all the celebrities who live here have definitely influenced my style. I like to change up
my studio look a lot, mixing in shorts, skirts, and leotards. I also love dressing up in cocktail dresses and high
heels for Miami City Ballet's galas and dinner events.

What are some of your favorite looks for class and rehearsal?

I try to wear mostly light colors, because I feel like they help me see my lines better. I'll also wear tights that are kind of see-through, just so I can see more of my muscle definition. If we're rehearsing more contemporary or fun ballets, I'll go for shorts and a leotard. But if we're doing a more classical ballet like Giselle, I'll go with a skirt and tights. I own around 50 or 60 leotards, but I need to go through and get rid of some because
I wear my favorites over and over!

Why is your studio style important to you?

I love to feel comfortable in the studio. If there's a leotard that I can't dance in, it just ruins my day! Also, whenever I go into rehearsals in a cute matching outfit, for some reason I dance a million times better. If I feel good about how I'm dressed
to dance, it's probably going to be a good rehearsal day.

A version of this story appeared in the September 2017 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Ger Her Look: Ella Titus."

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