There is no doubt about it, ballet is an expensive sport. At first, there are just the leotards, the pink tights, and the soft ballet shoes that need to be purchased initially. A few years go by and then the dancer goes onto pointe so she must buy a pair of $65-$100 shoes. Then the dancer starts wearing out her leotards and tights because she is in the studio five to six days a week so a new selection of these items must be purchased routinely. With the addition of more classes comes the reality that the ballerina's pointe shoes also need to be replaced every couple of weeks, as do pointe shoe and foot maintenance supplies like jet glue and toe tape. What is a dancer to do when there are so many things that need to be purchased with her minimum wage pay check? Here are a few tricks the ballet students of Medford Oregon have come up with throughout the quest of learning how to get the most out of their ballet budgets:
1. Use super glue instead of jet glue. Jet glue is a substance that is used by dancers to harden their pointe shoes. The reinforcement the glue gives the shank allows the dancers to wear their shoes for a longer period of time, meaning that they do not have to purchase brand new shoes as frequently. Jet glue is around $16 at dance stores or online. This may not seem like much but the glue tends to dry up if not used quickly enough and due to the fast drying properties of this substance, the glue can also get clogged in the nozzle of the bottle making the glue unusable. A simple and cheap way around these problems is to buy super glue inexpensively in small quantities. Ordinary super glue contains cyanoacrylate just like jet glue does so it hardens the shank in the same way the jet glue does but for a lower price. If you are tired of spending $16 on jet glue just to have it dry up and become unusable, head to The Dollar Tree and pick up a couple tubes of super glue so you can buy only as much as you will use. No more waste!
2. Dollar tree paper tape. Paper tape, which many dancers use in place of toe tape to protect the blister prone areas of their feet, is over $3 a roll at Walmart. But The Dollar Tree sells a cheaper version that works just as well.
3. Discount leotards. You don't always have to spend $40 or $50 when it comes time to get a new practice leo. Take the time to browse the “Last Chance Sales” tab on dance wear sites. Many times you can find some real bargains on super cute leotards.
4. Pointe shoes from Bay Back Dance Wear. The downside of getting mail order pointe shoes is always the cost of shipping. However, Bay Back Dance Wear is offering free UPS Ground shipping for any purchase over $100 as a limited time special. Dancers ordering from Bay Back will also be pleasantly surprised by the everyday low prices of pointe shoes of all brands offered on the website. To get a superb deal on your favorite pointe shoe today visit http://site.mawebcenters.com/backbaydancewear/catalog_i13478486.html?catId=36508.
5. Make your own leg warmers. Legwarmers are a must-have during the chilly months of Nutcracker rehearsals but they can be spendy. An inexpensive way to keep your knees and ankles warm and limber during the winter season is to buy a pair of long socks and simply cut holes in the toes and heels . Bravo! You have just made your own leg warmers!
6. Use floss to sew pointe shoes. Stitch kits may be convenient but there are cheaper thread options when it comes to sewing ribbons and elastics onto your pointe shoes. Wax floss is durable and cheap making for a great substitute.
Don't wait another minute to start stretching your ballet budget. Try out these nifty tricks today!
This leotard may be on the “Last Chance Sale” rack but you will certainly not be sacrificing edgy style if you choose this budget-friendly dance wear option.
Discount Dance Wear
Discount Dance offers a variety of reasonably priced items to dancers. Their website and catalog contains everything from pointe shoes to performance jewelry.
Sewing shoes with floss
Use floss to sew your pointe shoes. Wax works best because it does not fray and is very strong, helping to keep the ribbons and elastics in place even through the movement of the shoe while dancing.
Knee high socks for homemade leg warmers
Buy ordinary knee high socks in a color and material that you like. Simply cut holes in the toes (wide enough for the toes and top of foot to come through) and one in the heel. You can scrunch up the material for more warmth around the ankle or keep the socks stretched out like in this picture.
When you buy super glue in small tubes you can be sure that it will not dry up before you can use it all. It is also easy to store in a small bag so that you do not have worry about carrying a huge bottle around with you.