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Last Minute gifts for dancers

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Do you have a dancer in your life? Need a gift? What dancer doesn't need new shoes or new clothes? How about some inspiration?

If your dancer is picky, then try a gift certificate. You don't have to go to the mall to do that.

  1. Gift certificate for Dancewear Solutions.
  2. Gift certificate for Discount Dance.
  3. Clothes from Melodia.
  4. Clothes from Phoenix Rising Artists.
  5. See it or buy it: "Frances Ha"
  6. See it or buy it: "First Position"
  7. Tickets to Cirque du Soleil
  8. Offer to pay for custom made shoes.
  9. Private dance lesson.
  10. A day at the osteopath.

Dancewear Solutions and Discount Dance has shoes and clothes for most any kind of dance. Does any dancer ever have enough of the basics? They offer jazz, contemporary, ballet and gymnastics clothing.

If you're looking for something a little special and want to support small businesses, try Melodia Designs. Melodia is a California-based company that specializes in belly dance (tribal fusion) clothes. They also work for dressy casual or yoga. Check out their dance and movement collections. Pants run almost $100. For the holidays, you can get free UPS ground delivery if you spend more than $135. This is clothes for comfort for the woman who wants to show off her body.

I'm in love with their pantaloons, but adult sizes don't fit me.

Phoenix Rising Artists is another small company that puts out some stylish clothes for the dancer. They have some men's clothing, but they are best known for their dance and yoga clothing. The classic batiked pants are just made for belly dancing or that dressy casual event where you want to get some attention.

If you want small sizes, try Gypsy Monkey. Their largest size, however, is 10-12 and their supplies and styles are limited.

If you need a movie to give dancers hope, try "First Position," but you might also want to give dancers a dose of reality as in "Frances Ha."

If you want to give something really special, how about a card and a promise of something special like tickets to see some special production of Matthew Bourne or Cirque du Soleil.

Other great things to promise require some local research and the gift receiver's cooperation. Locally, look for places where you can get custom made shoes. That will run you anywhere from $80 and up. Private dance lessons? How can that miss. We're talking a hundred at least for top teachers.

What dancer or gymnasts hasn't twisted, sprained or strained something. Don't call the chiropractor. Try an osteopath instead. Treatment generally runs over $100. My osteopath suggests regular visits, but I live a rough and tumble life.

Limited Edition dress from Melodia Designs.
Limited Edition dress from Melodia Designs. Melodia Designs.

Limited Edition dress from Melodia Designs.

This Boheme Boudoir Athena Skirt has peek-a-boo lace sides and is $140 and the Athena top is $60. Soft, sexy and flattering. Colors may be limited.

Melodia Designs top and pantaloon outfit.
Melodia Designs top and pantaloon outfit. Melodia Designs.

Melodia Designs top and pantaloon outfit.

Here's something to hug your curves, a pantaloon with its own skirt. Add a matching top or try something a bit different. Pantaloon i $95. The bandeau bra top is $37.

Balera glitter dress at Dancewear Solutions.
Balera glitter dress at Dancewear Solutions. Dancewear Solutions.

Balera glitter dress at Dancewear Solutions.

You can have a bit of holiday glamor and do some dancing. This black spandex biketard comes in both children and adult sizes. ($34.95-$39.95). Wear it as is or with pants.

"First Position" inspires.
"First Position" inspires. First Position

"First Position" inspires.

How about a movie about ballet hopefuls? This 2011 movie didn't get a lot of press and the release was limited, but the documentary follows girls and boys, young men and young women who aspire to be the best and get scholarships in ballet.

Phoenix Rising Dancewear.
Phoenix Rising Dancewear. Phoenix Rising Aritists.

Phoenix Rising Dancewear.

Belly dancers love Phoenix Rising Designs and these pants are more than a little cheeky. This classic batiked pants is $85 and Black Icarus will make you want to fly.

Phoenix Rising Artists Classic pants.
Phoenix Rising Artists Classic pants. Phoenix Rising Aritists.

Phoenix Rising Artists Classic pants.

Not everyone loves black and white. Sometimes you need color AND comfort. How about this Hijiki Classic Batiked Pants from Phoenix Rising Artists? This also is $85.

"Frances Ha" to see or buy.
"Frances Ha" to see or buy. Frances Ha

"Frances Ha" to see or buy.

Some movies inspire; some are like a dose of reality. "Frances Ha" is the latter. This movie doesn't have a Disney happy ending, but it's something all dancers should see.

Black ballerinas can be in 'First Position."
Black ballerinas can be in 'First Position." First Position

Black ballerinas can be in 'First Position."

You don't often see movies with people of color. For ballerina hopefuls of African American descent, the 2011 documentary "First Position" features a woman who came out of Africa to be adopted and then became a ballet hopeful. Buy the DVD.

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