what excellent notes!
<P>i was just struck by this, from basheva: --- "a simple basic leotard, ..... with sleeves for warmth. " --- for the simple reason that leotards with sleeves are very rarely worn in australia, and indeed, in my experience of ballet classes anywhere - what an odd difference of experience, which i take to be cultural - after all, it DOES get cold in USA, but so it does in europe....., and both have central heating......<P>an oddity!
in my experience the sleeveless leotard is by far the most common, at all ages, with a few people wearing very short sleeves, and long-sleeves being almost unseen.<P>but it's also my experience that teachers are happy with whatever leotard you wear in an ADULT class, as long as it fits! the adults in my class at present are wearing bike shorts with a T-shirt, swimsuit with bike shorts, whatever else they have, that is close-fitting and doesn't make them sweat too much.....(actually only 1 lady has a leotard - and hers IS long-sleeved) - but they are real beginners......none have ballet shoes (expensive!), all are wearing socks!