A Dancer's Wish List

In the Nutcracker Clara bursts into dancing when she unwraps a pair of pointe shoes on Christmas Eve. While a dancer’s first pair of pointe shoes matches the joy of the season, the timing of this achievement usually is not Christmas. However, I have a few gift ideas to make your dancer to leap for joy.

First, a ballet skirt is the gift that keeps giving as it often fits a dancer for a few years. A pull on skirt is easiest for young dancers. It helps them look the part therefore they will play the part. A wrap skirt is stylish for teen dancers. The extra coverage it provides is often appealing. Also, when they’re in class more than once a week they’ll get a good amount of wear from a variety of skirts.

Secondly, owning more than one leotard is practical for the changing seasons. For young dancers, rhinestones, sparkles and bows add style to a solid black leotard. Crossing straps, cut outs and varying back and necklines give a solid black leotard individuality on a teen.  If your studio doesn’t have a color code then your options are endless.

Third of all, warm-ups will put the spring back in a dancer’s step when the weather is cold. Leg warmers and shrugs are fitted warm-ups that maintain a clean un-inhibited line versus baggy warm-ups. A shrug instantly adds warmth to a tank leotard. Leg warmers serve a dual purpose. In the studio they are worn over tights and outside the studio they are stylish under boots with skinny jeans and leggings. Once a dancer is warm they’re quick and easy to remove in the midst of class.

Fourth, a ballet on DVD can be a real treasure for a rural town dancer whose opportunities to make it to the theatre are limited. Ballet is a dynamic relationship between athleticism and acting. Any opportunity to see a performance helps a dancer make that connection. Start with a well-known ballet like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, or my personal favorite, Coppélia.

You’ve already given the best gift possible to your dancer. It’s your commitment to get them to a weekly dance class.  As a dance teacher and studio owner, thank you for support. Because of this, I am able to keep Christmas in my heart all year as I teach young people to dance.