Congratulations, you’ve signed your budding ballerina or ballerino up for class, now what? First things first, time to buy the necessary clothing and shoes. Check with your school prior to venturing off to Target, Walmart, or Sears. Many schools have a specific dress code and can recommend a dance wear store for all of your purchasing needs. Dance wear stores are experts when it comes to finding the right leotard, tights, and shoes. It may be tempting to find a cheap imitation, but there’s a lot to be said about quality when it comes to dance wear.
Every year I have students dressed in attire from a retail store. I can’t deny they are cute, but these outfits are more for play than taking class. Many of the leotards have accents that fall off, tear, or press into the body during exercises and stretches, which can hurt a child. However, the worst part of these outfits are the shoes. These silky slippers are NOT ballet slippers. They are house slippers, and they’re the biggest threat to your child. They fit loose and don’t promote proper foot use for ballet. As a teacher, I can guarantee that students who wear these shoes will slip, trip, and fall within the first fifteen minutes of class. When it all comes down to it, save your money and the tears; buy your child’s dancewear from a dancewear store!