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Do you have a daughter doing dance this year? I recently asked readers ways they save on dance apparel. Here are some of their suggestions. Let me know your savings tips if you have some to add!
I’d highly recommend having your child fitted at a brick and mortar store so someone can evaluate your child’s foot/fit of the shoe. Yes, even for tiny dancers.
I think if you ask around in your dance group there will be people who are selling stuff that their children have outgrown so be sure to ask the parents of older children.
One of the challenges will be if this is a new dancer. Sizing (at least to me) is so different from street sizing, but once you know the sizing you need, asking the girls a year up from yours at the studios, second hand shops, or moms Facebook groups and such.
Discount Dance online. I get most of my little girl’s leotards at Once Upon a Child!
Target has some cute dance leotards.
I would search your local resale shops. We have a Kid to Kid store where people sell their old clothes, shoes and toys to the store. I’ve found most of my kid’s athletic shoes and my daughters dance clothes and shoes which is much cheaper than new. However, they don’t always have her size. If I find a larger size, sometimes I get them knowing she will eventually fit in them.
I would ask the dance studio if someone has donated any! I had one daughter start off in one size and end in another!
As far as dance wear, Target and Walmart! Consignments sales .. ask for hand me downs .. even shoes .. those things get so expensive!
Most studios have requirements, especially for shoes so I’d recommend buying the ballets shoes at the dance studio. Zulily usually has cute ballet leotards, as long as you can wait.
When my daughter took dance, there was a kind of consignment table (at the studio) where you could purchase gently used items.