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Support Systems for Busty Dancers

Let's be frank: Most dancewear isn't designed with larger breasts in mind. But that paradigm is—slowly—changing.


Capezio BraTek leotards, for example, feature built-in bras with adjustable hook-and-eye closures in the back, and Jule Dancewear, founded by Miami City Ballet dancer Julia Cinquemani, manufactures several leotard styles modeled off of a compression sports bra for a more supportive fit.

In general, if you're bustier, you should look for leotards in sturdy fabrics that will hold their shape as you move and sweat. Embrace tank straps, mock turtlenecks, and sleeves. If you need a bra under your leo, choose a leotard style with a higher back to hide the band.

When it comes to sports bras, be prepared to shop around to find a style that makes you feel comfortable and contained. Contemporary ballet dancer Laura Morton goes to Target for inexpensive compression sports bras with a wide band and racer back. She often buys her stage bras a size small, noting, "when it's snug, I don't move as much."

Commercial performer Latrice Gregory prefers a sports bra with wire cupping, a front clasp, and a hidden zipper, but points out that this ultra-supportive style isn't perfect for every situation. "The right support puts the breasts up where they're supposed to be, which can make them really obvious," she says. "If I'm trying to minimize, a softer yoga-style bra (with the right shirt) can accomplish that."

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