La Jolla Girl starts dance lessons today. It’s a class for 3-year-olds and is a combination of tap and ballet. I had a laughable time trying to round up the necessary dance shoes and apparel at the lowest price possible (while still looking like she lives in the 92037), just in case she hates it. So it’s probably not the best price out there, but I felt good about what I bought and I’m pretty sure I spent a ridiculous amount of time on the project.
Me: “So can she come in playwear or does she have to wear special clothing?” Please say playwear.
Dance Instructor: “Well, she can come in whatever she likes…(pause)….however, all of the other girls will be wearing dancewear.”
Ok, that means go buy some. I wasn’t about to have her stick out like a sore thumb. The school suggested that I head to Payless to pick up some tap and ballet shoes. There’s one next to Home Depot and Target on Sports Arena (as well as on Balboa) so we went in. They did not have ballet shoes in her size in any color but the tap shoes were an even $25 including tax. Fine. They are kind of stiff and uncomfortable looking though.
Shoes: I buy La Jolla Girl shoes at Endless.com all of the time but didn’t think to look at dance shoes. This is where I hit the jackpot and thought I’d share in case you don’t have time to go looking for this kind of thing or your child has a hard to find size. Maybe I have a little guilt because they lost the lottery on shipping in my case.
I first bought a pair of pink Capezio ballet slippers for $19.95. They were a little small so I sent them back. Free overnight or two day shipping, free returns. Then I ordered the right size in pink. They arrived and then I had an epiphany that her ballet shoes should probably be black like her tap shoes (also because Target didn’t have any pink skirtalls – see below).
So I sent these pink ones back too. At that time, I also decided to plug in tap shoes to see what they cost on the site. I found these flexible tap shoes by Dance Class that are miles better than the Payless ones and $5 less. They’re not as flexible as I thought they would be, but they seem way more comfortable. La Jolla Girl spent a long time last night jumping up and down in them on the driveway, no blisters or anything. So shoe dilemma solved.
They also have wide and narrow sizes which I hear can be hard to find. The have awesome metallic silver ballet shoes on the site even. I’ll see if La Jolla Girl likes dance school first before we go splurging on that kind of thing.
Apparel: There is a Capezio store in the UTC mall. I went in there with La Jolla Girl and saw that a plain leotard was about $30 (gulp) without the cute little skirt and tights. If it weren’t for the fact that she wanted to have lunch, I would have bought them. That’s at a level of pricing where I would have been bummed if she wound up not liking the dance school. Nothing was on sale in her size.
Next stop was Target. The dance school suggested looking there for dancewear, but not to buy their ballet slippers because they don’t have the strap that goes over the foot. La Jolla Girl needs that. No frilly tutus either.
Target carries Danskin which is what I remember wearing as a kid. I bought two really cute leotards with skirts attached (called Skirtalls – I didn’t know that) for $16.99 each. And the tights were about $5. I’ve never bought apparel at Target before but also threw in a pair of cotton PJs for La Jolla Dad (I mean he’ll never know the difference).
My little tomboy refused to wear the leotards until La Jolla Dad told her she was going to look like a princess. Because she’s obsessed with Disney princesses, and the blue one is the same color as Cinderella’s dress, it’s all good now. So hopefully, she’ll like the class.