Thiago Soares launched his own line of dance and fitness clothing today. The Royal Ballet Principal has teamed up with Ludana Mantegazza’s Balletto: “a brand that sets itself apart with quality and upscale design, as well as the technology that makes their clothes functional, in addition to improving performance and comfort.”
This is a first in Latin America. l feel honoured, because no other male dancer has a clothing line here,
The partnership with Balletto is special because the brand wants to disseminate the world of dance in Brazil and acknowledge professional ballet dancers all over the country.
The line consists of twelve items, mostly unisex – “Unisex elastic waist pants with side bicolour stripe; Unisex legging with side stripe; Unisex Nylon double-face fleece-lined jacket” – except, presumably, the dance belt.
The Creative Director, Mantegazza, is delighted to have Soares onboard,
Since its inception, Balleto wanted to cater to a male demographic with quality and stylish clothes. We were thrilled to have one of the biggest names in ballet sign this collection. This is really a first for Brazil and for dance.
The Thiago Soares for Balletto collection will be sold through the brand’s website and at multi-brand outlets throughout Brazil. In London, the line will be available through the Royal Opera House shop as well as at other outlets in Europe and an upcoming concept store in Sao Paulo.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.