Dance FAQs

Q: You're a Dance Boutique so does that mean your prices are more then big box stores or department stores?

A: No. Just because we are a boutique does not mean that we charge you more for your dancewear. In many cases our prices are lower. What you do receive is great customer service and a proper fit, not to mention the proper attire for your dance classes as we have many of the local studios dress codes on hand to ensure you receive exactly what you need.

Q: Don't they sell dance shoes at Payless, Wal-Mart and the Superstore?

A: They do, well kind of. These stores usually carry a small selection of dance shoes during the back to school season. These shoes are not made by dance manufacturers and are not made of quality materials. In many cases they have cardboard soles! We, however, carry a large selection in sizes and widths in stock all year round. Not to mention that we have friendly, knowledgeable staff who are eager to help you. No running around trying to find some help.

Q: What's the difference between full sole and split sole shoes?

A: A full sole leather shoe provides the proper support and will push the dancer to work the foot and muscles while building strength through the feet and legs. This will help them achieve the proper technique and muscle memory that is required for more advanced barre and centre work as well as Pointe work.

Split Sole shoes are designed for the more advanced dancer. It allows the dancer to easily point the foot and show off the arch. It also provides a cleaner line for competition or advanced examinations, and because the student has a strong foundation, it will not hinder the strength and technique of the dancer.

Q: Can I wear dance shoes outside?

A: No! The only type of dance shoe that can be worn outside are the dancesneakers which have an outdoor sole. Otherwise all other shoes should only be worn indoors, including tap shoes. Not only is this because of the dance floors that you will find at studio's but it is also for the wear of the shoe.


Ballet FAQs

Q: What's the band attached to the bodysuits?

A: You may notice that some of bodysuits have an elastic band attached to the tag. This is a waist belt that is used for RAD ballet exams.

Q: How do I get the black scuff marks off my ballet shoes?

A: Black scuff marks seem to quickly accumulate on ballet shoes. By taking any kind of leather scuff remover to the shoe with a cloth, some force and a little scrubbing, these marks should come right off. Our favourite product is Goo Gone Cleaner available at hardware stores. For any nicks or spots that just don't want to come off, you can usually take a cream makeup foundation in the same shade as the shoe to make them look just like new.

Q: When can I go "En Pointe"?

A: There is no magic age when a dancer is ready to go "En Pointe", although it is usually no sooner than age 12 as the body, and most importantly the spine, is still in its developmental stage. The decision to go on Pointe is made based on a students skill, strength and knowledge and should never simply be because a dancer or parent thinks that they are ready. Going on Pointe before a dancer's body and technique is ready can be not only an unpleasant experience, but can also cause injuries that affect the dancer in the long term. A teacher will take into consideration a dancers age, bone development, strength, weight, muscle tone, flexibility, and length of training when making this decision. A dancer that goes on Pointe at the correct time will lessen the risk of injury and will be able to achieve the correct technique with greater ease and success as well as being able to progress faster.

Q: Who invented Pointe shoes?

A: Though "toe dancing" was popular in London as early as the 1820s, it is believed that the first ballet dancer to dance en Pointe with modified shoes was Marie Taglioni in the ballet La Sylphide in 1832. The first Pointe shoes were little more than soft slippers, heavily darned at the toes. Today, Pointe shoes are made of multiple layers of burlap, paper and glue. The hardened glue gives Pointe shoes their stiffness.
Visit our Pointe FAQs page to learn more.