Dance Leotards are an essential item for taking any type of dance class. The tight fitting nature of the leotard allows dance teachers and choreographers to see the exact dance positions of students, letting them spot misalignments, poor posture and provide better dance tuition. If this is your first time purchasing a leotard, find out from the dance teacher if they follow any regulation bodies such as the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance), the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) or the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing). If they do, you’d need to buy a regulation dance leotard to meet the exam requirements. Any leotard can be used for dance classes, just not for exams. Dance Store Direct stock both standard and regulation leotards in a range of styles. The most basic style is the tank leotard. Other options include long-sleeve leotards, sleeveless leotards, frilled leotards and skirted leotards. In addition to the style, there’s also a variety of fabrics. Popular materials used for dance leotards are nylon lycra, which has a shine to it, and cotton lycra, which has a matte finish. Printed fabrics and velour are other options. Metallic materials provide a glittery effect on the leotard, which is more commonly used for performances rather than in dance classes.