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Leotards, tanks, leggings, and booty shorts made from 100% recycled fabric in the US with solar power?  The future is here.  My friend and colleague, Mary Brewster, has begun a really innovative line of clothing for dancers, yogis, and active people alike called American Flora.

Freesia Halter Leotard


The silhouettes are classic and simple and as of now, the line is entirely in black (which is always in vogue and is easy to incorporate into the closet).   There are also chic metal grommet details on every piece, which I think are a cheeky nod to the industrial and industrious nature of working with recycled material.

Being spotted on the Reformer at BodyTonic in Lotus Halter Top and Poppy Shorts.

I am a big fan of the IRIS cropped yoga pant and the POPPY shorts.  Likewise, Alison Roper of OBT has given this review, “I like the comfort of the fabric.  It has a feel that is unique.  It has the softness of Modal (that bamboo fiber) but the coolness of lycra.  Very nice!”

Grommet Detailed Back of Lotus Halter Top

You can shop the line now, and guilt free, at




Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.