Where to Buy Dance Stuff
As noted in the Dress Code, Twinkle Toes (4yos) and Twinkle Stars (5yos) are required to wear a specific skirted leotard. We will try to keep these in stock for purchase in the studio lobby.
The leotards also may be ordered online from Revolution Dancewear and shipped directly to your home. Our dance school has a Revolution online storefront that is already loaded with the dress codes. Shipping is $5.25 for the first item and 75 cents for each additional item. Please note: Because Revolution is a wholesale supplier, you won't be able to purchase from their site unless you follow these links and enter through our unique storefront.
We have a sizing kit for the Revolution brand of ballet shoes as well as a limited inventory for onsite purchasing. If we don't have your size in stock, please go ahead and order directly from Revolution. You do not have to buy the Revolution brand, but we do ask that you purchase shoes with no ties (just elastic).
Dance Socks (or tights)
Dance socks are great for Twinkle dancers! These are easier for young dancers to get on and off, easier to keep clean, and (we're told) are more comfortable. Dance socks are available for purchase in the studio, too (they are not sold by Revolution).
Tights are stocked in the studio, too (Revolution brand in PINK). Other brands are acceptable, but please try to come close to matching the Revolution brand color of pink.
Ballet Shoes (for Intro Irish only)...
Intro Irish dancers may wear black ballet shoes during their first year. We have a sizing kit for the Revolution brand ballet shoes as well as a limited inventory for onsite purchasing. If we don't have your size in stock, you may order directly from Revolution Dancewear and have it shipped directly to your home. Our dance school has a Revolution online storefront that is already loaded with dress code options. Shipping is $5.25 for the first item and 75 cents for each additional item. Please note: Because Revolution is a wholesale supplier, you won't be able to purchase from their site unless you follow these links and enter through our unique storefront.
You are not required to the Revolution brand, though, and may look elsewhere for black ballet shoes.
Irish Dance Shoes...
Irish Dancers should plan on buying their ghillies and hard shoes in the studio. There are several good brands of Irish Dance shoes, but we recommend (and sell) Rutherford: www.rutherfordshoes.com. This is an Irish brand, of course, so sizes are not the same as American. Shipping from Ireland is also very expensive. For this reason, we carry a "size run" of both ghillies and hard shoes in the studio so your daughter can be properly sized. In addition, we have an arrangement with a supplier located in the United States where we can get wholesale prices on bulk orders and pass the savings on to our dance families.
If you need to buy either ghillies or hard shoes, simply let your teacher or the person at the desk know. They will have you try on shoes to make sure you are fitted with the correct size. Generally, we only place orders twice a year so we can get that wholesale price. Feel free to ask your helper when the studio is making the next order.
Poodle Socks & Tights...
Poodle Socks are not required for class but are required for some public performances and for feis competitions. They are sold in the studio.
Tights are stocked in the studio for all sizes -- Revolution brand in BLACK (for Irish performances). Of course, you may order those online from Revolution, too.
In general, Irish dance skirts should have some swing to them (not a straight skirt).
The length should hit three to four inches above the knee.
Modesty shorts should be worn under skirts unless you choose to wear a "skort."
We have a small selection of skorts for sale in the studio. This is just a convenience for our families, and you should not feel obligated to purchase these.
Possible options for girls' skirts/skorts:
For older girls and young women, look for black skirts or skorts that are 17 or 18" long. Here are some to consider:
B Dancewear Irish Dance Skirt (this is the skirt often worn in our shows)
We have some used items that families have made available for resale or giveaway. These items will be available in the studio. They are marked with the contact information for the person selling so the buyer pays the seller directly (the studio is not involved). In addition, a private Facebook group for the purpose of buying and selling shoes and dancewear: BUY & SELL: Rince na Grá School of Irish Dance