This post was written by Lindy Shopper.
I am still on a quest for the perfect dance bra. Those female dancers who are well endowed know what a pain it is to not have proper foundation garments that will hold everything in place for the athleticism of Lindy Hop, while trying to maintain a sense of style and not have to revert to support that’s the equivalent of a straight jacket for your chest.
I took a ballet class over the summer and looked for a leotard with proper support. After dredging through a number of ballet forums on this topic, the general conclusion was that you would have to wear a bra under your leotard if you wanted proper support. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t bought a sports bra since high school and my body is definitely different at this point in my life. I really had to dig on the internet to find specific information on what sports bras are best for certain cup sizes, but finally came across a review of Moving Comfort’s Fiona sports bra. It looked sturdy, smooth, and non-threatening. I liked that it dipped in the back, instead of having a racer back, and the straps were wider set so that it wouldn’t show under my boat neck leotard. It also hooked in the back like a regular bra, instead of stretching and sliding over your head, which gave an added element of support.
After using it for ballet class, it slowly became the only acceptable sports bra I owned. While I don’t think this is the perfect Lindy Hop bra, I do think it’s worth mentioning because it has kept the girls in place better than any other sports bra I have owned. I put it on and forget about my chest, which is a fantastic feeling when you are jumping up and down during a jazz routine, or navigating your way through a swingout.
The pros and cons are outlined on Moving Comfort’s very user-friendly website. I would agree with the reviews that the Fiona is comfortable, moisture-wicking, snug fitting, lightweight, and stylish (in the sense that I could actually wear this under a lot of dresses due to the shape of the bra, having the deep V in the back and a scoop front). The only con I agree with is the uni-boob feedback (“flattens bust”), but that’s to be expected with a bra that doesn’t have separate cups. I disagree with the review about poor craftsmanship, as this is the sturdiest bra I own and I found the materials to be quality and comfortable. My only personal con is that I can’t wear this under a dress with a V neckline in the front.
Now that I have found this bra, I’m even more willing to try other bras on the Moving Comfort website. You can shop for bras by cup size (A-E) or by style, and each bra is different, based on what cup sizes it is best suited and for the level of activity it for which it was designed (low, medium, and high impact). There are a few styles with separate cups that I may explore for wearing under dresses. If you have tried one of these bras for dancing, I’d love to hear your feedback, as well.
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Thank you thank you thank you for writing this. I’ve been wondering about what other dancers did for ages!
I am the opposite of well-endowed, but sometimes I feel like I’m wearing out my regular bras by dancing in them all the time…
For the smaller gals: I’ve worn a bandeau style bikini top for years when I went to the gym. It didn’t make me feel flat chested and it was taught enough to keep me from bouncing everywhere (yes, small boobs bounce too).
Thanks for the tip! I hadn’t thought about wearing a bandeau style bikini top before to the gym.
At a 34 G, I found an Enell sports bra AMAZING to run in! Not fashionable for under dresses and things as it has a high neckline (think boat neck tank), it doesn’t give a great silhouette and does flatten. Freakishly good for “working out” and very high impact things. (I jump and they go absolutely no where ie. zero bounce.) When you don’t care about dressing up and just want support. Perfect for those especially sensitive days. I imagine that it would be killer for Shag and Charleston classes.
Another good ones I have found are Freya’s sports bras. I have tried both with and without under wire and they are really well done. The one I had without, left me with a very small amount of bounce, not a uniboob but not quite separate entities either and the silhouette was fairly vintage ie. a bit on the pointed size but not the full bullet either. Their underwired ones gave separate definition, more of a rounded cup, very little motion and again are really durable and well done. Both are very worth Trying.
I have to agree with Jody on this one! Freya is incredible for big busted gals who want some support. I also have worn ‘shock absorber’ bras (these tend to give the uniboob effect as well) – but this is the ONLY bra that I have found that seriously doesn’t make me bounce. http://www.shockabsorber.co.uk/default.aspx
I’m a bit late to the conversation here, but thought I’d just mention my new favourite sports bra: the Triumph “Tri-action Endurance”. It’s underwired, and I find it very supportive (the tag says it’s good for “extreme” activity!). The style is scooped in front with a normal (non-racer) back style and it doesn’t flatten my 30DD bust, or give uni-boob. I bought mine here in NZ: no idea whether it’s available in the US or UK, but the internet should overcome that: http://www.triumph.com/nz/en/886.html