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    Question Ballet Classes

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    It looks like my daughter is going to be starting ballet next week. She has been asking for the last year so I have relented at last.

    I am so unsure about the whole thing.

    What I do need help with is a couple of things on the uniform list.
    What are seamless ballet stockings and also a ballet skirt? It says to get a leotard from KMart etc but not sure about the skirt. Any ideas?

    It says ballet shoes but does not say whether or not it is the ones with the split sole or not.

    We went to Jazz classes last year and the mothers were so scary, I am hoping this will be better

    Any tips etc etc

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    I've seen ballet skirts in target - they are the Lycra type ones that wrap around once then you tie it up - they're sorta floaty.
    That's all I can help with sorry! Sounds scary! Will be us in a couple of years!

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    Ballet shops sell the skirts (they are a wrap around style) but target has a pretty good copy. As far as shoes, I think it depends on your dance school, usually the ballet/dance stores know what school prefers what though.

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    Also try Best and Less they have some great dance wear. Their leotards are very nice, I have spent a fortune on fancy leotards but my girls find the Best and Less ones super comfortable. They also have these tops that go over the leotard for a bit of warmth in winter which my girls love.

    With the skirts they like a pp said they are made from a floaty, sheer, sort of chiffon fabric. You can buy them with an elastic waist which is my humble opinion is far more practical for littlier ones they are much easier to keep on as the wraps fall down and untie.

    With regard to shoes, if the school is teaching the RAD curriculum then you will need the full sole ballet shoes. If you go to the local dance wear store they are usually pretty good at knowing what the various schools requirements are.

    The stockings you will also need to buy at the dance wear store. We like the Energetiks brand and Fiesta is good too a bit cheaper. Various brands colours vary slighty but that is only really an issue for exams and concerts where the stocking colours should all be the same. My girls like the convertible stockings which means there is a hole at the bottom of the foot so you can pull them over your feet. It is a big girl thing

    I love being a dance mum, have fun

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    Seamless tights will come from a specialist dance shop, buy opaque tights & they'll last longer.

    Leotard & skirt, from target. Dance shop leotards are $40.

    Shoes, get split soles. It's easier on the feet.

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    Go to a dance shop in your local area - they should know exactly what stockings and ballet pumps your school has.

    I like Fiesta stockings, if you are doing ballet you will need Ballet Pink.

    Also with the ballet pumps, pull the little elastics in the front to tighten, then tie and tuck them into the shoe so you can't see them (you can trim them back a bit if you need). A lot of new mums (including me) just tied them like a bow, so I shall save you that one

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    All the other posts have answered most of your questions, but I just wanted to reply re: shoes

    How old is your DD? While Triple Time said they are easier on the feet, split sole shoes shouldn't be worn by younger kids (say under 12). You need to build the correct muscle usage of the feet, and split sole shoes provide little-to-no resistance, so the feet don't have to work hard/correctly to find optimal positions....it's even more important if your DD has high arches (all preparation for them being able to safely land from jumps and be able to work en pointe in the future). As a beginner, go full sole - they're around the $30 mark in most dance wear stores.They will come with an elastic strap, and most ballet school will only ask you to attach ribbons for exam situations

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandaw View Post
    All the other posts have answered most of your questions, but I just wanted to reply re: shoes

    How old is your DD? While Triple Time said they are easier on the feet, split sole shoes shouldn't be worn by younger kids (say under 12). You need to build the correct muscle usage of the feet, and split sole shoes provide little-to-no resistance, so the feet don't have to work hard/correctly to find optimal positions....it's even more important if your DD has high arches (all preparation for them being able to safely land from jumps and be able to work en pointe in the future). As a beginner, go full sole - they're around the $30 mark in most dance wear stores.They will come with an elastic strap, and most ballet school will only ask you to attach ribbons for exam situations
    I've always put my new students in split soles for their first year than full soles from there after.
    My major students wear hard soles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandaw View Post
    All the other posts have answered most of your questions, but I just wanted to reply re: shoes

    How old is your DD? While Triple Time said they are easier on the feet, split sole shoes shouldn't be worn by younger kids (say under 12). You need to build the correct muscle usage of the feet, and split sole shoes provide little-to-no resistance, so the feet don't have to work hard/correctly to find optimal positions....it's even more important if your DD has high arches (all preparation for them being able to safely land from jumps and be able to work en pointe in the future). As a beginner, go full sole - they're around the $30 mark in most dance wear stores.They will come with an elastic strap, and most ballet school will only ask you to attach ribbons for exam situations
    I agree with this. I went to a top ballet school here and we had to wear full soles till we were 12 or so. We even weren't allowed to do tap till we were older too.

    Without giving away who the school belongs to her husband is also a footwear specialist.

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    My DD is 5 in June.

    Thank you so much for the replies. I will go and have a look at Target and Best and Less on the weekend. The shoes I will get to next week, there is a dance shop not to far away.

    Might email the lady about the shoes etc just to make sure I get the correct ones. I just did not want to sound like I was silly


 

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