Darcey Bussell Dancewear
As you may have heard, world-renowned, retired ex-Royal Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell is back in the UK for work commitments for a couple of years. International Dance Supplies (IDS) has a Darcey Bussell range of dance wear that I wanted to put to the test. Would the items be good quality, durable and fun ? Would they stand up to the rigours of wear and tear of youngsters ?
I asked a family with two young children to try out the items you see photographed here – a Darcey Bussell leotard, a tutu, wand, hairpiece and suitcase. The skirted leotard is for 6-8 years and the tutu for 3-5 years, according to IDS. In tests, the family found that size-wise the tutu comes up a little small.
They loved the colour of everything – it is a lot of pink but a good shade and first impressions were really good, with excitement from the children which is always a good thing! The headband was a great fit though two of the embellishments came off during general wear. The family reported, “the leotard so far seems to be in good condition, it washed well on a 40 degree standard wash. The tutu outfit is sponge clean only and has sponge cleaned well, saying this there were no obvious marks or stains that I was trying to clean from it, more a general clean. The wand accessory is being much enjoyed by the children, the star on the top seems to bend easily but has not snapped, however I am sure little fingers could do so.”
The family has been using the items in a role play capacity, and found them very useful for that purpose. But there is more….
Their parting comments were a huge bonus : “They [the Darcey Bussell items] have encouraged Jessica to enquire about starting ballet lessons, she seems very proud to wear them.”
The Darcey Bussell range can be bought from International Dance Supplies Ltd