Don’t Forget about the Back View

When choosing the right leotard and planning photos for dance audition photo shoots, remember to consider how your leotard looks on you from behind

With that in mind, here’s a quick preview of some of what I cover in the Leotard Buying Guide about back views.

First, let us know – and please remember – all dancers’ back views are shot in a relaxed state.  We are not looking for crazy back definition, engaged hamstrings or perfectly placed shoulder blades.  Thanks for hearing me on this!

In general, you are, once again, looking for a balance of the upper and lower body.  We don’t want the back shoulder girth to be made too look too wide or (what may be worse), a back view that makes your popo look larger than it is.

yumiko chaccot grishko leotards for dancers 2014

Image (c) Rachel Neville, from Leotard Buying Guide 2013

Keep in mind, while crisscross straps and other embellishments may be fun for class and rehearsals, they can distract from a clean line and I don’t advise them for photo shoots.

Read through the Guide for another important note on leotard leg cut height – and how it can make for lines you don’t expect, or want, from behind.

Request your free copy of my Leotard Buying Guide 2013, a great choice for last minute holiday gift inspiration!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Hannah says:

    I have a question about Yumikos. How high is the high cut leg?

    1. rachelneville says:

      Hi Hannah, good question! How high a leg cut is, is relative to the dancer’s body and how big or small a leo is on you. Yumiko’s high cut is 5 cm’s higher than their ‘classic’ cut, which hits most dancers at a good point mid to higher hip. It is not the ‘classic’ cut of other companies that hit your hipbone at the crest of the bone or just under it. Note: in my research it seams that most companies have their own version of a classic cut

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