What the heck is… a “leotard?”

…And why do dancers have to wear them? A leotard is…


…a skin-tight one-piece garment that covers the torso. Dancers wear them because they’re easy to move around in. But dancers aren’t the only ones who wear them–figure skaters, gymnasts and other athletes also wear them both during practices, competitions and rehearsals.

Bathing Suit from the 1920s

They were first created in 1886, but were confined to circus performers (People were so stuffy back then!). They were very influential in the styling of bathing suits in the ’20s and ’30s and eventually became the favorite garments of Broadway showgirls.


3 Responses to “What the heck is… a “leotard?””

  1. 1 David Reuille
    October 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    We also wear them so we can see the body more readily to make corrections on body alignment and technique.

  2. 2 Chris
    December 9, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I wear my leotards for doing aerobics and exericsing.

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