Ten Years of Yumiko: Anniversary Giveaway

Heads up girls AND boys!

Yumiko is celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary this month and have recently unveiled a shiny new website where any leotard can be fully customised: from colour and fabric type, to lining and sleeve options.

We’re whooping it up and teaming up with the company to give away two pairs of the latest female and male models, the Nadja and the Daniil (as featured below), which are currently sold exclusively at Yumiko Boutiques.

This is our fifth Yumi promotion and the biggest one yet!

The Nadja by Yumiko

The Daniil by Yumiko

Lucky winners (two for the Nadja and two for the Daniil) will receive made to order pieces in the size they wear.

To enter, all you have to do is:

Tell us about your dream Yumi

Use the comment form below or email us ( theballetbag [at] gmail.com ) by 16 May. For inspiration and ideas on models and colours, visit the Yumiko website.

Entries from all over the globe are welcome. Be creative & good luck!

15/06/12 – Update: Promo results

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Nadja/Daniil promo. It was super hard for us to pick only four answers from an overwhelming amount of fab entries about your dream Yumis.

After much deliberation, we are pleased to announce the winning emails/comments:


Madeline who emailed us this lovely poem (Yes a Yumi poem!):

My Dream Yumi

Her Dream Yumi,
Is original and fun,
A Lemon Lena,
As bright as the Sun.

Her Dream Yumi,
Is modern and new,
A Folk and Plum Marieke,
Matching her tutu.

Her Dream Yumi,
Is colorful and loud,
A Zucca and Juicy Kiki,
Standing out in the crowd.

Her Dream Yumi
Is timeless and sweet,
A Rose and Charm Sofiane,
Delicate and elite.

Her Dream Yumi,
Is powerful and fierce,
An India and Planet Elise,
For a girl who has no fear.

My Dream Yumi,
Is mine and mine alone,
A Dew and Turchese Velvet Wendy,
One of a kind and existing on its own.

and Alyssa, who commented as follows:

I’ve quite literally had dreams about this leo: Sofiane, 3/4 sleeves, white velvet body with dark red velvet trim. You know you spend too much time on the Yumiko website when it starts to appear in your dreams (and you recognize the name of the leo)!


this comment from Will:

My dream Yumi would be the Cedric in a large size in clay colored nylon. I would actually like a really rich forest green color available. But anyway, I would wear them long for ballet in the morning, knee-length for yoga in the afternoon, and if I can manage, roll them up to mid thigh for pole dancing at night.

Although I guess in a realistic world I would be changing my clothes more often on days when I do lots of classes. Yay Yumis and versatility!

and the below entry from Oliver Swan-Jackson:

My dream Yumi would have to be the Tibo style, in my favourite colours: Black with Red trim or Red with Black trim. would be perfect for auditions! Loving the look of the new Daniil as well though!

Congratulations guys! Your Nadjas & Daniils will be on their way soon.

Do stay tuned for more Yumiko promotions in 2012!

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  • May 16, 2012


    Hello i own two beautiful Yumiko leotards they are my absolute favorite, how ever they are black because that is my dress code at ballet although on Saturdays we are allowed to wear a color. My dream colored leotard would be the Elise in Nylon in Olive with Fall trim. My inspiration for this look is Emeralds by George Balanchine. My favorite ballet. I hope i win this generous give away, Congratulations on 10 years! I will always buy Yumiko leotards.

  • May 16, 2012


    My dream Yumiko would be Denise in Rose and titanium. My inspiration is this lovely photo of Alina Somova principal dancer with Mariinksy theater in a curtain call for Don Quixote.


  • May 16, 2012


    My dream Yumiko is the Sofiane in black velvet with quarter length sleeves and red trim. My inspiration is the black swan pas de deux. My dream role.

  • May 16, 2012


    I’ve long been eyeing the Lena leotard and I would love it in zucco colored nylon with royal blue trim!

  • May 16, 2012


    My dream yumiko is the sofiane in black velvet, quater length with red trim. Black swan-ish :)

  • May 16, 2012


    Difficult to choose..but one of my dream Yumikos would be Noe in T-Violet with T-Mora trimmings. : )

  • May 16, 2012

    Jeff Tabaco

    My dream Yumi is the Max (in any color!). I prefer knee/capri lengths, so it’s perfect.

  • May 16, 2012


    the Alicia leo in alloro with white trim!

  • May 16, 2012


    I love Yumis! My dream yumi would be Sofiane in rose with antique trim! I think the new Nadja is so pretty too!

  • May 15, 2012

    Maddie Bender

    My dream yumiko leotard would be the tamara with a fully lined front in titanium with rose trim. Worn with black high legwarmers, and a pat georgette skirt! I want it so badly!

  • May 14, 2012


    My dream yumi would be a sofiane in titanium with juicy trim, or in all royal. Love the cut of that leo!

  • May 11, 2012


    Tamara with chartreuse straps and frappe body. Want so bad!

  • May 11, 2012


    My dream Yumiko leotard would be the Marieke with an antique body and rose trim :)

  • May 8, 2012


    My dream Yumi would be a silver Marisa with a fairy trim… preferably worn with a georgette Pat skirt! Happy tenth anniversary Yumiko!

  • May 8, 2012


    My dream leotard is the Tiffany a sea body and juicy straps.

  • May 8, 2012


    My dream Yumiko would be the Veronique with a Rose body and Grey straps.

  • May 8, 2012


    My Dream Yumiko leotard would in the “Anna” style. It’s so simple but elegant. I would love a yumi leotard but I have to stick to the cheaper ones! Although if I did have one, it would be the anna in black definitely. Keepin it simple :)

  • May 6, 2012


    My dream Yumiko would be the Larissa in nylon Sea body with Ottanio trim. I haven’t seen anyone wear this combo yet and I think it would look gorgeous! (and it would also stand out from everyone else!)

  • May 2, 2012

    Sammy St. Juste

    I once had two Yumikos. I had received them for my 21st birthday from my big sister in our dance program. I had no idea what the gift was but soon I was to reveal two of the most beautiful Victor Leotards I had ever did see. It was the day of September 13th 2011 my big sister handed me a birthday bag and out of the bag I pulled two soft skin Victor leotards and, I immediately knew were very expensive I was so happy I wore them both that day. One Yumiko was a short sleeved all white leo with black trimming all around it I wore that one for ballet, all my dance friends and teachers said I look so good in it. The other Yumiko had to be my favorite one if I were to chose, that Yumiko was definitely my dream Leo, it was a sleeveless almost sky blue splash leo with dark blue trimmings even the zipper was dark blue and it had a dark blue side trim I wore that one for Horton. I only had them 2 days and I thought I was the king of the dance school haha no one could tell me nothing, I walked around with them in my birthday bag just to show my big how grateful I was but who would know my dream leos would leave me so fast. I placed my Leos in my Locker after dance class for a meeting and when I came back my leos were gone and that was that last I seen of them I cried the whole day like a big baby the thought of my big spending over 150 dollars for me just made it event worse. With that said everyday from then on I dream of having at least one of those Leos back ugh especially that blue one. Happy 10th Anniversary your dance wear Company is doing a fabulous job!!!!!!

  • May 2, 2012

    Sammy St. Juste

    Once had two yumikos. I had gotten them for my 21st birthday from my big sister in the dance program I had no idea what they were but soon enough I revealed two of the most beautiful leotards Id ever see Haha. They were two Victors one was short sleeved all white with black triming all around it ugh it was so nice on me said all my dance friends and teachers. I also had a sleeveless c-splash Victor that was my dream yumiko kinda like sky blue had dark blue trimming around it I felt so powerful wearing it and Iconly had them 2days and no one could tell me anything hahaha. I walked around with them in the birthday bag I received them with to show my big how much I was grateful. However I place the bag in a locker with no lock to attend a meeting when I came back my dream leos were gone and I was to never see them again, I cried knowing that my big sis spent over 150 dollars on those leos. every day after that I dream of having one of those yumikos again and one for her as well ugh can’t even tell you how good I looked hahaha I wish I had pictures contracts on your tenth anniversary this company is doing a fabulous job!!!

  • May 2, 2012

    isabella ingels

    My dream yumiko would be the Marieke Unitard with the duo colors of silver on the top and cove on the bottom. I have always loved this color combination and I feel that it would be a very classic unitard with the pop of the silver on the top to catch your eye.

  • May 1, 2012

    Linda Fox

    I’m a dancer with absolutely no natural talent whatsoever. I have an awkward body with extremely long legs and a relatively average torso. I’ve watched people soar past me with talent, no matter how hard I worked; my confidence was fading. But in the past year I’ve noticed a large leap in my training. I can see I’ve gone from 0 to 60 in months. I’ve regained my confidence (with the help of my Yumiko leotards to boost my confidence by making me look the best that I can), and I can now work towards my life goal: being a successful professional dancer. My dream Yumiko based on the current styles and colors would be the Kiki in N-India and N-White trim. The white trim adds contrast to the rich red color of the base, and I love contrast! If I were to design a Yumiko, it would be a camisole with a lovely pinch-front and a flattering low back (a bit lower than the Sofiane). Of course, it would have the option of different color trim as well. I love open/low back leotards because when I’m dancing for long hours and become hot and sweaty, it’s nice to feel a cool breeze on your back. I would purchase this leotard with a N-Plum base and T-Foli trim!

  • May 1, 2012

    Giuliana Pindo

    My dream Yumiko would be the Tamara with a nylon Burgundy base and nylon Dawn trim. So far, I have one Yumiko leotard (the Sofiane in nylon Alloro with Black velvet trim– absolutely gorgeous!), and I have to say I look stunning in it. Until four years ago I couldn’t even do a tendu correctly. But in the past few years, I’ve really stepped it up. I was by far the worst in my class, and now I’m close to the top at my studio. I have several gorgeous leotards, but only a few brands really look flattering on me. I have extremely long legs and arms, and a non-existent torso. Since everybody’s limbs are much shorter than mine, I’ve always felt a bit uncomfortable or out-of-place. Now I try to borrow my friends Yumikos as much as I can for class, and no matter what style I wear, I can say I always look fabulous! Thanks Yumiko for making me feel better so much better about myself as a dancer!

  • May 1, 2012


    My dream Yumi is the Jessica, because the style is so sporty but elegant at the same time! If I had it my way, it’d be in a lovely burgundy color with a white trim. I find mock-turtleneck leotards the cutest and sexy in a subtle way.

  • April 30, 2012

    Joscelyn D.

    My dream Yumiko would be a sofiane in marsh with moontide trim with half sleeves, or a noe in alloro with black trim.

  • April 30, 2012


    My dream Yumiko would be either the Kiki in Sea with a Ottanio trim or the Charlotte with cap sleeves in Frappe with a Flash trim :)

  • April 29, 2012


    My dream Yumi is Tamara with microfiber “sport” and velvet silver trim. :)

  • April 29, 2012


    I’m a dancer/graphic designer. I love fun color combinations such as Folk (lavender) with marsh (green), Mara (dark purple) and sun (orange) or sea (light-aqua) and magenta. I’d get one of those color combinations with the new Nadja style or the Alex style.

  • April 28, 2012


    I would love a yumi in burgundy with an antique rose trim in the Noe style =)

  • April 28, 2012

    Sarah Shaw

    I would love a Yumi that was especially built for dancers with curvier, more muscular builds! Yumis are so flattering on everybody, I can’t imagine how amazing it would be if you made a leo specifically for busty ballerinas! As for colors, how could I possibly just choose one combination? I think maybe, if I was feeling daring, I’d love to wear something flashy like hot pink with a neon green trim :)

  • April 28, 2012


    My dream Yumi would be the Heather in espresso with cyan trim

  • April 27, 2012


    My dream Yumi would be the Wendy in rose with juicy as the trim and strap colour!

  • April 27, 2012


    My dream yumi would be with one strap down your back and one horizontal one by the strapless side so it wouldn’t fall.. The back would be low with lace around the back. I think the straps and the lace together will make it seem strong but gentle at the same time. I love yumiko!

  • April 27, 2012

    Teagan Reese

    I love wearing Yumiko’s because they make me feel confident, even on the toughest days. For so long it seems like I have always had to work the hardest out of all of the other girls that I dance with, because they were born with natural abilities. I was born with flat arches, and no turnout. Not to mention super long legs which took be years to grow comfortable with. Whenever I wear my Yumiko leotard, I don’t have to worry about something looking wrong with it, or a sleeve falling off. I feel so elegant. I would love to have the chance to order another, especially the Sofiane in black with Turchese Velvet trim. I love hign necklines, they look to beautiful and create such an open feel. That would be my dream Yumi.

  • April 27, 2012


    My dream yumiko would be the wendy in espresso with straps in T-Peri. I love yumiko so much, they fit just right!!! ;)

  • April 27, 2012


    My dream yumiko is the Wendy style with high cut legs and full front lining. It would be blue tie dyed and it would have dark blue velvet on the cap sleeves. :-)

  • April 27, 2012


    I would love the sofiane in cyan, with silver trim!

  • April 27, 2012

    Jenny Eubank

    I just discovered your leotards and they are so fashionable. I would love to have an Alex style in the T-Lilac & T-Mora Trim. I have a lot of plain black leotards so this would be something more playful.

  • April 26, 2012


    My dream Yumiko is the Denise :) The seams are really flattering. I like the combination of Marsh (trim and bottom) with Foli (top color). I love green if you couldn’t tell. :)

  • April 26, 2012


    Any of them would be my dream Yumiko! Alright, but if I HAD to choose it would be… Larissa with 3/4 sleeves with a full front lining. The colors would be Sea as the body color and Frappe (one of my favorite exercises at barre) as the trim color. I love Yumiko!

  • April 26, 2012


    I love the Jahn. In the Zucca color. Wow, that would be bright in class.

  • April 26, 2012


    My dream yumiko would be the Alicia without sleeves in violet colored techni for the bottom half, silver velvet on the top, and violet trim. I absolutely love the Alicia, the low v on the front really flatters any figure :D

  • April 26, 2012


    My dream Yumiko would be a sleeveless Sofiane leotard in red techni fabric, with an espresso trim. This combination would make me feel like a real Kitri both in ballet and in flamenco class.

  • April 26, 2012


    My dream yumi would be the Cedric in a large size in clay colored nylon. I would actually like a really rich forest green color available. But anyway, I would wear them long for ballet in the morning, knee length for yoga in the afternoon, and if I can manage, roll them up to mid thigh for pole dancing at night. :-) Although I guess in a realistic world I would be changing my clothes more often on days when I do lots of classes. :-) Yay Yumis and versatility! :D

  • April 26, 2012


    My dream Yumi would be the Larissa with cap sleeves in velvet. I would love the dark red color with a white or silver trim :)

  • April 26, 2012


    I LOOOOOVE all the Yumiko leotards but my dream one would be the Larissa in Pinkberry microfiber and Black trim.

  • April 26, 2012


    My dream Yumiko is the Alicia with Putty on the bottom, Coral on the top, and Fairy as the trim!

  • April 26, 2012


    I’ve been saving up for over a year to get my dream Yumiko leotard: the Becky model with a titanium bottom, antique top, and lavender trim. <3

  • April 26, 2012

    Jenna Scaccia

    My dream Yumiko would be the Sofiane with high cut legs in Mirror with Planet trim!

  • April 26, 2012


    My dream Yumi would be the Tamara in Juicy with Lemon straps. I love exotic colors that make me stand out from the usual black and pink and the open-back would show off my hard-earned back muscles! Happy 10th Anniversary Yumiko and keep up the creativity and wonderful quality & durability of your leotards!