A long-time standard, considered by many professional dancers to be the Cadillac of dance belts, especially for performance. The cotton/poly quilted lining rounds out the bulge lines and offers some minor protection from contact injuries. The no-stretch pouch offers an extra firm fit. Above the pouch a no-stretch cotton panel connects to the 3½" wide elastic waistband, which supports the lower back to aid in partner lifts, but is not covered by fabric. The raw elastic is industrial looking, and can pinch and irritate sensitive skin. The narrow thong has just a tiny bit of stretch to accommodate movement.
Waistband roll-over can be a problem, due to the unstructured cotton panel above the pouch. Seams in this area can pucker and show through white tights, making it obvious what kind of dance belt is being worn.
90% cotton/10% Lycra
Historically, Capezio has had sizing problems. I have 2 quilted Capezios claimed to be the same size that have a 3" variance of un-stretched waistband elastic between them. That makes online purchases risky at best! Recently Capezio added an "N" designation ("New"?) to their model numbers. Hopefully that means better quality control in the sizing department.
"Jordan" dances with a youth company in Southern California. He's been a fan of Capezio dance belts for his entire career. He wears both their Quilted and
Cotton models, and reviews & compares both.
Here's his review of the "Quilted":
Dance belts are an evolving undergarment. We’re Men, we demand certain things out of our support. The company that I find has the best dance belts is Capezio. Every male dancer has their own preferences of how they want their dance belts to fit. Capezio has found a happy medium with their Quilted and Cotton dance belts. Both are supportive and comfortable, but each is best for a different purpose. Wait… Different uses demand different dance belts? Yes!
Capezio Quilted (N5930) Pros:
The quilted gives the ultimate support & coverage, and is well built with strong stitching & durable elastic. This dance belt is perfect for a pas de deux class, or a jumping & tricks class. The elastic grips well and holds everything in place. The quilted support, if sized correctly, lifts and holds regardless of your movement. The quilted dance belt gives you a nice shapeless round bulge. This makes for a nice clean look that is adored by most fans.
Comfort depends on the elastic that Capezio has used to make the dance belt. I have run into some Quilted dance belts with extremely tough and rough elastic. This does not make for a comfy wear. The Quilted can be a bit bulky depending on what type of shorts or tights you wear. I usually wear the Quilted under thicker fabrics. For those of us who have well developed butts, that square shape we love can push the elastic up and cause an uncomfortable pull on the thong if the dance belt doesn’t fit correctly. If the belt is too large, you may experience some uncomfortable drooping or a pushing down feeling. If you have a bit of a muffin top, the elastic on this dance belt folds over, and you will have to continually unroll it.
Jordan goes on to review the Capezio N26 "Cotton". Click to go there directly.
"DancingDude” scores it 5 on a 5 scale: There is no question that these are of excellent quality. Sizes run true to the chart. It features a wide, comfortable band which further supports your lower back and core - necessary when partnering of any sort. The thong back is as comfortable as they get and is very durable. The front is soft and holds everything in place. I don't even want to try another dance belt. A must have for male dancers in almost all styles of dance!
“Anonymous”: This is the best jock (dance belt to American readers) I've ever had. I've been using them for years, and they last for ages. Only problem is that the stretch of the waist band varies from batch to batch.
A ballet company costumer: This is the dance belt that our guys like best. Smooth line, always looks good.
“Movie Monster”: Large waistband has tenancy to roll over. not fun. Problem may be me. Quilted front works well. Can't really complain. Well made.
“Iseewhat youdidthere": The waist band of this product wrinkles and folds in on itself while I dance, causing friction and abrasion. As a consequence I had to adjust it a lot while wearing it. The package area is a bit small and causes some discomfort, yet a larger size is too loose in the waist. Yes, you do get used to the length of thick rope between your cheeks, and yes, it's completely necessary.
“Dennis L.”. Sized right, not too tight, not too loose. Take care putting it on at first but then it molds to you and its "Set it and forget it." No more distractions during class. Follow the care instructions and the string will stay soft and flexible. Straps lay flat under clothes, no bumps or lumps showing through. Takes days to dry so get two.