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Leotards:

Image hotlink - 'http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y164/MystikMinx2/LeotardTypes3.jpg'Leotards come in many different types, sizes, cuts, brands, fabrics and colors.  As you can see in this picture you have a variety of short sleeve, long sleeve or halter type leotards.

Every leotard fits differently so it is best that you go and try them on at a store to get a proper fit.  The sizing of leotards is different than sizes you may normally wear.

The type of leotard you get is completely up to you, but it has to fit your body. It should fit close to your body but not too tight or too loose.  You need to feel comfortable when you move around, it must give you ample support and you should not have to constantly adjust it. A good leotard should stretch nicely when you move your body. Just be sure to check with your studio to see if they have any requirements before purchasing.

Tights:

Most ballet classes require you to wear tights because it gives the teacher an unrestricted view.  Tights come in a variety of colors and styles. Pink is a very popular color in many studios. However you must ask your teacher what color tights you should get for class.
 

Types of tights    

Description

Convertible:

These tights have a small hole under the foot that allows the dancer to wear it rolled up around their ankles or covering the foot.
Footed

This type of tight covers every inch of the legs, ankles, and feet.
Seamed

It can purchased in either convertible seamed or footed seamed.  The tights will have a  seam down the back of the leg.
Stirrup Tights:

These tights have have a hole cut out under the heel and they cut off at the ankle.
Full Body Tights:

  

It covers everything from the neck down and it can be purchased in long-sleeved or camisole straps.



Ballet Shoes/Slippers:

Ballet shoes are the "building blocks" of a good ballet dancer. Choosing the correct shoe is an important process that requires the assistance of a reputable salesperson.  You need to be able to manipulate your feet readily in the ballet slipper without having excess space.  The slipper will stretch to allow a little additional growth space. Although it is a fact that children outgrow their shoes quickly, it is also true that it is hard to learn to dance with poor fitting, uncomfortable or stiff shoes.

The proper way for a ballet slipper to fit is like a glove.  When you try on ballet slippers you should start with a shoe that is 1 1/2 to 2 sizes smaller than your street shoe size.  A good indicator for fit is to put the shoes on and stand in first position.  The shoes should feel a bit snug but not tight. When standing up with feet flat on the ground, you want feet and toes to lay flat in the shoe.  The shoe fits properly when your heel stays in place, the tips of your toes fit almost to the tip of the shoe, and you have room to wiggle your toes.  Slippers come in different widths so be sure to choose one that suits your child's foot.

So when you begin to think the slipper is too small for your child it is probably just beginning to fit correctly!  The slipper is too small when it is so tight that the toes can not lay flat and square on the floor. 

Basically there are two different types of ballet slippers: full-sole and split-sole.  

Full -sole The full-sole is the "traditional" ballet shoe with a leather sole that runs the length of the shoe.
Split- sole The split-sole shoe has half a sole under the ball of the foot and half under the heel of the foot. 
 

There are also a few choices of materials that you can choose from for ballet shoes.  They can be made out of canvas, leather or satin. Satin shoes are primarily used for recitals   Leather is a classic shoe material that has a smooth appearance.  This material will not stretch very much. Canvas shoes will stretch. 

When purchasing ballet shoes you will also have a selection of colors, generally white, black, and pink. Normally, pink are for girls, and white/black are for boys. Some contemporary styles of slippers for women are are also being made in a flesh tone. You should check with your dance instructor to determine what is required for your studio.

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Elastics are what keep ballet shoes on the ballerina's feet.  Some slippers will come with pre-attached elastics and with others you will need to attach them yourself.  There are two different ways to position the elastics to the slipper.  You can either go straight across from one side of the shoe to the other or you can criss-cross the elastic over the instep of the foot.

 

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Other Great Activities for Kids....

 

ART A wonderful way for children to express their creativity, while at the same time learning fundamental skills that will improve their artistic endeavors.

THEATER teaches the importance of dedication, focus and practice.

 

 

SCUBA teaches you to set goals and progress steadily towards them with the help of your instructors.

 

GYMNASTICS is the foundation for all sports because it teaches your child to control their body.

 


BIKING is a great family activity and it is something that kids love to do.