Believe it or not, dance fashion has not always been a thing. Rehearsal wear used to consist of a leotard, tights and legwarmers—that's it. But today, dancewear has exploded with the rise of athleisure, and rehearsals have become a place where dancers can show their individual style. Almost anything goes, from fun socks to running pants to beanies. Here's a look at how three iconic companies have evolved their rehearsal fashion over the years.
Martha Graham Dance Company
Former principal dancer Peggy Lyman sports a skin-tight unitard in rehearsal, foot straps and all.
Martha Graham Dance Company members wear colorful leotards, baggy T-shirts, wool socks and Adidas running pants during a sweaty rehearsal.
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Today, the style has shifted to open-back leotards and mesh leggings.
Ailey dancers kept it basic and comfortable with black leggings and cotton shirts.
This summer, Ailey dancers wore bright colored yoga pants and lots of layers.