As a Canadian small business, supporting innovators in the Canadian dance world has always been important to us. For more than 20 years we have carried lots of amazing dance brands and are proud to say that some of our favourites are designed or manufactured right here in Canada. For this Canada Day, we wanted to highlight some Canadian dancewear brands that we love!
AinslieWear based in Vancouver, British Columbia
Every AinslieWear product is designed and hand-crafted in Vancouver by a team of local cutters, sewers, and staff. Created by former ballet dancer Ainslie Cyopik (National Ballet of Canada, Ballet British Columbia), AinslieWear specializes in high-quality dancewear by dancers, for dancers. Every bodysuit is made with four-way stretch, clean lines to showcase the wearer’s athleticism, and buttery-soft fabrics engineered to withstand long rehearsal days. These bodysuits are fashioned to be ultra-comfortable so that wearers can focus on their craft without being distracted by their clothing. While bodysuits and leotards are their main focus, AinslieWear also makes tops, shorts, pants, and cover-ups.
Mondor based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec
From their headquarters in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Mondor supplies dance and athletic wear to retailers all across Canada, Japan, and the US. Their products include high-performance tights and competition wear designed for dancers, figure-skaters, and gymnasts as well as fashion wear for active women. Perhaps their most popular items are their amazing dance tights. Crafted with a combination of nylon and either elastane or lycra-elastane, Mondor tights are comfortable, durable, and easy to move in. Their woven band keeps the tights in place without leaving a mark on the skin or creating ridges and lines under clothing.
Tendu based in Toronto, Ontario
Toronto-designed, Canada-made is the name of the game over at Tendu Active. Creator Talisa Timla had fashion-forward, active women in mind when she started her business. After many years of having studied and worked in the fashion industry, Timla decided to combine her passions for dance and fashion to create her very own line of premium sports bras aimed to empower women to look and feel their best. These bras are made from breathable fabrics that feature four-way stretch, anti-odour, and moisture-wicking properties. Designed for women of all activity levels, these high-quality bras are made to show off your style while providing comfort and support.
Freshify based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Freshify is a family-owned business based out of Wolfville, Nova Scotia that supplies stores in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the US. Famous for their highly effective, all-natural foot spray for dancers, Freshify also makes a sport version as well as nourishing lip balms. The soothing foot spritz is made with essential oils that naturally have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties to keep your feet and shoes smelling fresh. The astringent qualities of witch hazel are added to soothe, cool, and deodorize feet that have been danced on for hours on end. Free of parabens, synthetic dyes, and harsh chemicals, Freshify products are great for dancers with sensitive skin. As a company, Freshify uses ethically sourced ingredients, works with fair-trade suppliers, and never tests on animals!
We hope you enjoyed getting to know some of the fantastic Canadian companies in the dancewear world. Inspirations Dancewear would like to wish all of its customers and fellow Canadian businesses a fantastic Canada Day!