Early Thoughts on a New Dance Belt
I’ve historically danced in a Capezio … um, I can’t remember the model number at this moment, but it’s on my underpinnings page (I’ll link this later, too … if I keep this up, I’ll have to change my surname to “Linklater”).
Today I took a page of of the Monty Python Playbook and said, “And now for something completely different” — Body Wrappers’ M006.
I don’t think a single class can provide a really complete sense of how anything functions, but here are my initial thoughts:
1. The Construction Is, Indeed, Quite Different
I’m rather short-coupled. There’s about a half inch difference in the width of the elastic on these two models, with the BW M006 coming in wider.
The functional difference is rather greater: while the upper edge of my Capezio dance belts rests a couple inches below my navel, the BW M006 rests right at the bottom edge of my navel. (Edit: I think this is because of the way the pouch is designed, really; turns out that’s important.)
This will take a little getting used to and makes it clear that there’s still a little insulation going on there — though not enough to cause the top edge of the elastic to roll. In short, evidently I have a spare tire, but it’s a bike tire (appropriately enough).
On the other hand, in all other ways, this thing is really rather superior in the comfort department. Kind of makes me wish I wasn’t so bleeding conservative about these things.
To be fair, an uncomfortable dance belt is a thing of horror and a hell forever, and you generally can’t return them (or even, at our local shop, try them on first — besides which, they don’t carry this model). In short, because Bodies Are Different, choosing a dance belt falls somewhere between Voodoo and the Dark Arts for many of us even with the help of the entire Internet.
In terms of comfort, the major difference been the two models is the construction of the thong bit, which is flat and unobtrusive on the BW M006. The one on the Capezio is basically a small rope. This makes sitting down for any length of time miserable for me (broke my tailbone when I was 10).
2. Holy Elastic, Batman
I now have two black dance belts and two tan ones. Both of the tan ones are apparently possessed by angry pythons. Is tan elastic inherently stronger than black?
I do suspect that dance belts are manufactured under the assumption that you’ll wear them until they literally fall apart, and that the manufacturers accordingly make the elastics a bit stronger than they need to be, lest we injure ourselves down the road.
3. But Nothing Moves!
If anything, the BW M006 is even more secure than the Capezio whatever (sidebar: why can’t Capezio use less bizarre model numbers?).
I’m not that certain which of these dries faster. That said, the fact that there’s not a random panel of some different fabric in the middle of the BW M006’s waistband is good by me.
Overall, I’m really quite happy with this thing. I think, given the construction, I will also try the M007, even though (GASP!) the waistband is only 2″. Maybe I’ll be able to convince Denis to try it, too.
Anyway, that’s it for now.
Gotta jeté! (Okay, that was terrible.)
Posted on 2016/06/01, in aerials, balllet, cirque, review and tagged angry pythons, Capezio vs Body Wrappers, dance belt, suffering is not optional but a good dance belt can help. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
Awkward dancer/nondancer interaction: so I was stretching out while “working from home”, thought I’d mark through some of our variations, and I look down and THE TURNOUT IT IS GOOD. So I get a photo and send it to my mum.
Response: “You sent me a photo of the floor?”
OMG, this seriously made me laugh out loud. Total “you know you’re a dancer when…” moment !
I show it to the girlfriend. She: “Oh God, erk, that’s….disturbing”
This got a good laugh in class. speaking of which, only three showed up. this turned into an opportunity to nail down a lot of detail, and get some hard repetition in. I’m beginning to feel good about our run-in.