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Article: Mens Ombre Tights make their Royal Opera House debut

male ballet dancers wearing green to white ombre dance tights on stage at the royal opera house for royal ballet summer performance

Mens Ombre Tights make their Royal Opera House debut

It's official! Our best selling Men's Forest Ombré dance tights look incredible on the Royal Opera House stage! 

male dancer on the royal opera house stage performing in the end of year royal ballet school show wearing imperfect pointes ombre dance tights

Amos Child, Royal Ballet School. Photos with kind permission, Photography By ASH

The tights were chosen as part of the costume for the Royal Ballet School's 2024 end of year Summer Performances for the all male piece 'ASSEMBLAGE' by Choreographer Gemma Bond. 

There were 24 male ballet dancers on stage in this striking piece. For some, it was the last time they would dance together before embarking on their professional ballet careers. Gemma Bond created this choreography about coming together especially for the Royal Ballet School dancers and this group, taking into account their personal qualities of movement. This piece is one that is full of contrasts, making our Men's recycled nylon Ombré tights the perfect look. Within the piece there are moments where dancers can shine as individuals and at other times where the group is working as a collective together. 

group of three male ballet dancers in green to white ombre dance tights on stage at the royal opera house for royal ballet school's summer performance

The costumes were designed by Suzie Holland, of the Royal Ballet Costume department who wanted something really simple yet distinctive on stage. That's where Imperfect Pointes tights came in. It was an added bonus that they are made by a small sustainable UK dancewear brand. The Forest Ombre tights are not just designed here in the UK, they are manufactured in the North of England too and that is exceptionally rare to find these days. 

Gemma Bond said of the costume choice: 

"The costumes were kept simple because of the complex movement, and the large cast of dancers. I wanted the dancers lines to be shown off, as they all have such wonderful clean techniques. The dancers are so athletic and the tights show off the beautiful lines their bodies are making, which is is really, really lovely. Something that shows off their classical ballet technique but also how they adapt to contemporary dance" 

The tights were worn for all the Royal Ballet School shows in the Linbury Theatre, Opera Holland Park and end of year show. 

group shot of male ballet dancers wearing green to white ombre dance tights on stage at the royal opera house for royal ballet school summer performance

If you are looking for some striking new sustainable dancewear these Ombre Tights come in Ocean Blue or Forest Green and are available from Boys size (age 9-12) or Mens sizes small to XL with XL being Made to order, ready in 5 weeks. 

Dancers often tell us that they find it so refreshing to see interesting and impactful boys and mens dancewear. (check out the reviews) These full length tights have become an iconic style loved by trainee dancers and Professionals alike. Gareth Haw, recently Promoted Principal of English National Ballet is a fan of the Forest Green Ombré tights. Ocean Blue Ombré has also been seen on the legs of New York City Ballet Principal, Chun Wai Chan. 

Thanks to Amber from Photography by Ash for the use of the images. Thanks to Gemma Bond, Choreographer and Suzie Holland from the Royal Ballet School Wardrobe Department. 


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