September 16, 2011 3:25pm CST
Imagine having a time machine and you are wondering about 80's dancewear. You want to go back to a dance class in 1985, so you key in the year and you land smack dab in a dance studio. What clothes do you see on the dancers? How would they accentuate their dancing? If I were to have a time machine and traveled back to the class that took place that year, I'll see more than just leotards and legwarmers (the items you'll think of when I mention the dancewear of the time as well as the activewear of the time, regarding the era of aerobics). Dance trunks, or dance briefs - garments that look like panties and come in many styles like French-cut/high-leg - are not just for undergarments for a skirt or dance costume. They are all over the place as outerwear. Just take a look at movies of the 80's like Stayin' Alive (1983) or A Chorus Line (1985), for instance. Dancers wore those panty-like garments over unitards, pretty much like what some comic book protagonist heroes wore. They also wore them over tights (both ballet-standard as well as ankle leggings), paired with tops that show their midriffs, like bra tops. I am fascinated by the dancewear nowadays, with booty shorts, cami/tank tops, and bra tops galore. But that of the 80's fascinated me even more deeply, not because it's more modest. But I love how tacky, yet interesting a pair of dance trunks looked on ankle tights paired with a crop top! What do you think of the decade's practice dance attire? How does it compare with that of recent times?
18 Sep 11
Well the tight dance clothes back in the 80s make it easier for the dancers to move, I guess. I think jazz was also really popular during the time, so skin-tight garments would be more sensible compared to jogging pants or loose shirts. Tight clothes also make the moves more visible and the arms and legs longer, I think.