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I have a 6 yo neice who takes ballet lessons and lives out of
state. I would like to buy her a tutu and leotard for Xmas, but
as the mother of boys have no idea where one purchases such
items. I know I can find them on-line but would prefer to buy
locally so I can get it in the mail sooner than later. Any
suggestions for a good place to look?
clueless, but well meaning auntie
I have a 8 year old in Ballet and some of her items I buy at
Target - but watch the sizes as I seem to notice they run a bit
small. Target will give you a gift receipt to make exchanges
easy too. The other option is to call a local dance studio in
your area. I know Kids N Dance in Lafayette carries great
outfits, little skirts to go over the leotard are pretty
standard sizes, so buying should be easy.
Hi - have you tried the Capezio dance store on College in
Oakland (Rockridge)? They have an enormous selection & the girls
that work there, though they seem rather aloof, are all dancers
and can really help you select something appropriate for a
ballet class. You may want to check with your niece's mother to
make sure her ballet class doesn't require certain colors - some
There's a dance store on College avenue in Rockridge....
It used to be called ''Capezio'', but may have a different name
now. My niece is a dancer and she always goes there when she
comes to visit (from alaska) and stocks up on leotards, toe
There is a nice dance wear shop on College Ave. at the corner of
Chabot. Independently owned with a second store in the city.
CAPEZIO'S ON COLLEGE AVENUE AT CHABOT ROAD, IN ROCKRIDGE
SF Dance Company on College Avenue and Chabot is the local place
to get ballet stuff.
Former ballet mom
Forgive me for not knowing the name of the place, maybe someone
will read this & know what I'm talking about. There's an
excellent ballet store that has items from newborn to adult.
It's located on College. If you are coming from Oakland &
driving down College going toward Berkeley, it will be on your
right side. Start looking for it after you pass the BART. It's
across the street from 1 baby store on one side & another baby
store on the other. It's right on the corner. Sorry, I hope you
can find it.
My daughter loves pretty dance clothes so I look for them everywhere. She
(now seven) especially enjoys sparkle ''jewel'' decorated or velour leotards,
sparkle or colored filmy practice skirts which she likes to layer, and sparkle or
fun patterned tights. Some children in her classes dress in modern dance
style wear (the outfits look like spandex bicycle shorts to me), too. I have
found the best prices and the most fun selection of ballet and dance clothing
at Target and Mervyn's. I've also found cute dance clothes at Nordstrom's and
Macalou's (located in Montclair Village). If you want traditional dance wear,
there's a Capezio store on College Avenue in Oakland and a Capezio outlet at
the Outlet Shops in Vacaville. But my daughter's favorites (and the ones easiest
on my wallet) were purchased at Target and Mervyn's. The only problem with
some of the less expensive leotards is the material can be too thin showing off
the patterned panties many little girls wear. (Although once they put on tights
and a skirt, that usually isn't much of a problem.)
I feel compelled to add that some teachers are picky about the way their
students dress and hope you know what your niece is allowed to wear. For
example, my daughter's dance teacher does not allow students to wear tutus
(stiff skirts that stick out from the body) although supple skirts of any length
are OK. With that exception, she's loose about everything else as long as the
clothes allow comfortable movement and the students wear ballet slippers. So
children come to class very individually dressed. However, some dance
teachers require students to wear matching practice costumes.
Shopper for a dance diva
We always purchase our daughter's ballet outfits at Danskin
Outlet store in Girloy. Great price and variety of selections
(better quality than those at Target). They also offer a gift
set which include leotard, tutu and tights with free shipping at
there's a great dance supply store on Mission between 2nd & New
Motgomery in the city. I don't know it's name, but it's right
next to the Cartoon Museum. They are very nice there and have a
large selection. I'm not a dancer, but i've bought workout
clothes there in the past, and it makes me wish I was a dancer.
Try Target. Cute and cheap, when they have it.
Mom of former ballerina
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