Originally Posted by kathymuggle
I too find the idea that someone feels they have the right to tell someone not to wear underwear, or to limit their choice during menstruation, a little apalling.
As a private business, they entirely have the right to conduct classes in the way they see fit (noting that it is an industry norm), just as people have the right to decide they don't want to pay for classes at their studio for that reason.
: By the time we started going underwearless (it wasn't enforced at the studio I attended until the girls got into their teens, to upper level classes, taking pointe, more serious dancing), it was in fact more comfortable to not have the extra layer of underwear there, even though underwear seems thin...it could bunch up uncomfortably, stick to you, get wedged in places that were not comfortable for holding extensions or jumping, etc.
: It had zero to do with anything untoward or sexual, in my personal experience and from what I could tell, of those around me. None of us saw it as a big deal. We saw other things as big deals and would talk about them, but the underwear (or lack thereof) was pretty much a non issue.