Our daughter only began taking dance classes less than a year ago. Although it is too soon to know if she will be an aspiring dancer someday, we can already tell that she is thoroughly enjoying it. She has a natural grace (for a 5 year old) and she is not too timid to try new steps demonstrated by her instructor. When she dances, even when her moves have yet to be perfected, she does so with confidence and a smile on her face. That is the spirit captured by this new line of dancewear for girls.
This new dancewear collection by ivivva athletica, the girls' dance apparel division of the Canadian company lululemon athletica, was inspired by the hit Disney show "Shake It Up". The video below shows a quick overview of the 2012 Spring Collection and will make you wonder what is to come for the upcoming Summer, Fall, and Winter seasons . . .
Although our daughter is just under the age group for the "Shake It Up" target audience, the Shake It Up dancewear is a huge hit as far as she is concerned. We had received the Shrug It Up shrug the Tumblin' Tank II, and the Stretch It Up Tight tights to try out. Although the clothing is fitted, it is in no way restrictive and the styles and prints are suitable for young girls and tweens. Our daughter normally takes a size 5 or 5/6 and there is definitely room for her to grow in these size 6 ivivva pieces.
I especially like the feminine gathers on both the sleeves of the shrug and the legs of the tights. Our daughter was just thrilled with the thumb holes on her sleeves. They made her feel like a real dancer. The shrug can also be worn by flipping the front hem behind the neck to look like a more traditional shrug. This is perfect for wearing over her tank style leotards during the colder months since I prefer not to buy her different leotards for each season. A cool feature about the tights, which our daughter can wear as leggings since they are a little large on her, is the hidden pocket in the waistband on the back.
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All three pieces came out of the washer and dryer looking as great as they went in. I did not see any signs of shrinking either. Most of the ivivva Shake It Up dancewear pieces are available in girls' sizes 4 to 14. From our experience, these pieces seem to run true to size. Visit www.ivivva.com and ivivva athletica on Facebook to view the entire Shake It Up Collection. Overall, this collection would be perfect for girls who are dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders, and other types of athletes.
Thank you to lululemon athletica for providing complimentary product samples for us to base this review upon.