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  • How to Survive your Child’s Christmas Dance Show

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    So the rehearsals are under way and as ever, Christmas goes from seeming like weeks away to – help – it’s only 6 weeks away!!
     
    And as well as all the food and present shopping and getting ready for the family descending, your little one has got a Christmas Dance show to get ready for!
     
    At Dance Gear we’ve helped literally thousands of Mums (and Dads) get their child’s dance costume made to order in their size and colours and style on time. As dancers and parents of dancers ourselves, we know a little about getting ready for that all important event!
     
    We know that your child – whether a beginner, or a more experienced dancer - will be nervous and of course you and they want to everything to go well.
     
    So as the old saying goes: “Prepare to plan; OR Plan to fail!”
     
    Don’t miss rehearsals
     
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    It goes without saying that the more practice your child gets, the more likely they will be to perform well. Building confidence is one of the best ways to overcome nerves on the night – for your child and you!!
     
    And if you are there for some of the rehearsals too, to hear what the teacher is saying and see what the show will be like, you’ll be more able to get your child completely ready.
     
    Get their costume and accessories ready early
     
    The dance teachers will decide the style, colour etc. for the costumes – hopefully in plenty of time - so you can order it and make sure it fits properly and add the sparkly bits or other finishing touches.
     
    On the day though, the costumes will probably be hung up in the changing room and as many of them will be the same - but different sizes maybe – labels on everything is good idea.
     
    Be prepared for problems
     
    Ok so you’ve made a list of the costume and accessories and shoes and things you need to take - clever you!!
     
    But what happens if she ladders her tights?
     
    Or falls over and grazes a knee, or …
     
    So maybe having one or two other bits in your kit bag would be a good idea, like:
     
    Clear nail polish to stop a run in those tights and a spare pair of tights
     
    Invisible plasters;
     
    Water, snacks, safety pins, hair spray, spare hairband, ribbon, small sewing kit, sequins, etc.
     
    Don’t Rush
     
    Get there early so that neither of you are fretting about that. And keep as calm as you can; children pick up on your moods and feelings.
    But prepared to wait around beforehand as everyone gets ready.
     
    Last but not least – Enjoy it! And Good luck
     
    Dance Gear has over 40 years’ experience of selling dancewear and we’re happy to help with advice and guidance at any time.
     
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  • DANCE COSTUMES FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOW

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    So you’ve done all the hard work and rehearsed and rehearsed until your feet ache and your head is spinning.

     

    Now comes the fun bit – finding a dance costume for your show!

     

    Your Dance teacher has probably got some ideas, but before you and your teacher make your minds up, why not explore the Dance Gear Dancewear range.

     

    With over 80 colours and patterns in 5 different fabrics and with lots of the garment designs where you can choose to have your costume made in any TWO of the huge range available, you’re bound to find something truly unique.

     

    The Fabrics:

     

    So there’s Nylon Lycra with 4-way stretch;

     

    Nylon Lycra Red

     

    Cotton Lycra for that little bit of extra warmth and comfort but still with plenty of stretch;

     

    Nylon Lycra Vert Green

     

    Shiny Metallic for that stand out colour which catches the light;

     

    Metallic Silver Fabric

     

    Printed with anything from animal prints, to strong vibrant autumn or winter patterns; or stripes and diamond patterns or musical patterns and many more to make a bold statement and help to create a theme for your show;

     

    Printed Safari Fabric

     

    And velour for that crushed velvet look and extra warmth;

     

    Velour purple Fabric

     

    The Dancewear:

     

    So whether you want a leotard or a catsuit, or crop tops and leggings or skirts or tutus, all of them can be made in 10 sizes and any of the colours or patterns and many can be made in combinations from the range of colours/patterns. There are literally THOUSANDS OF CHOICES.
    Imagine a tutu with the body in one fabric and then the layers of nets in alternating different colours:

     

    DGTUTU Nylon Lycra Red with Red and White Net

     

    And don’t worry Mum, Made to Order doesn’t mean they’re expensive. Prices start from as little as around £10 and we usually despatch them the day after you order them.

     

    So why not have a look and if you have any questions just gives us a call or email us and we’ll be happy to help you in any way we can.

  • Help Protect Our World

    Dance Gear Direct has always taken sustainability seriously, with all of its dancewear made under the Dance Gear brand, being made in its own factory here in the UK. We feel that people involved in dancing have always been mindful of their responsibilities in protecting the planet, but the BBC Blue Planet series II this year has exposed the dangers we all face if we fail to protect the world we live in.

    Earth Dancer

    We are all individuals and Dance Gear Direct has helped thousands of dancers express their own individuality with the unique fabrics and style combinations they can provide, such as (April Unitard in Fluo yellow and Printed Kaleidoscope) (Harmony Leotard in Printed Superstar and Black Lycra) (Megan short sleeve leotard in Printed Musical Notes and Musical Beats) But when it comes to protecting the plant, we all must act as one.

    Help protect our world

    The world's a stage. Dance Gear can help you dance your part.

  • BONFIRE NIGHT

    BONFIRE NIGHT

    Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!

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    Over 400 hundred years ago on the night of November 4th 1605, Guy Fawkes was caught under the Houses of Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder.

    He was one of a number or people who tried to kill the King because of persecution of Catholics.

    Ever since then we have celebrated the failure of the Gunpowder Plot

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    WHAT WILL YOU WEAR TONIGHT??

    Michelle in LightningLeila in GalaxyTammy in SuperstarGeorgina in Black

    AND WATCH OUT FOR THE FIRE FAIRIES

    When the fire is going out and the people have left you never know who might gather round!!

    Fire Ballerina

  • How Halloween Dance Costumes Began

    How Halloween Dance Costumes Began

    History of Halloween

    Long, long ago when dark forests covered much of the land (and way, way before electricity or phones!) a troupe of wandering minstrels and dancers were on their way through the forest to perform for the Lord of the Manor for Halloween.

    It was the night of October the 31st, cold and dark and thunder rumbled in the distance. The ancients believed this was the time when the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead was blurred and that ghosts of the dead returned to the earth and other scary creatures roamed the earth. There were wolves and bears and wild boars abroad too. It was Halloween!

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    On this night the Druids built huge bonfires to burn crops and wore costumes of animal heads and skins.Centuries later as Christianity spread the Celtic Druid celebration ( SamHain) was replaced by All Saints Eve or All Hallows (eventually becoming Halloween).

    All Souls Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils

     Halloween Costumes

    The minstrels and dancers dance costumes were inspired by the ideas of Halloween and were bright and scary to entertain the Lord and his guests

    As the thunder grew louder lightening flashed (lightning dance catsuit);

     

    The fiery glow from the bonfires cast shadows all around (metallic red Capri pants and  dance crop top);

     

    while dark witches tried to hide by turning into black cats – black net skirt and black tights and leotard;

     

    others saw a bear with sharp claws lurking in the trees ( claw costume with  leggettes/ crop top/ shorts.

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    Still others went for more exotic wild animals like leopards and tigers

    Leopard/safari/ tiger costumes)

    The minstrels preferred Harlequin costumes (black and white and fluo harlequin costume

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    Create you Halloween Costume

    For hundreds more ideas, quick delivery, and affordable made to order costumes visit www.dancegear.co.uk

  • Beautiful Tutu's for all Ages and Occasions.

    Beautiful Tutu’s for all Ages and Occasions

    shutterstock_714951238Often, when you ask a little girl what she wants to be when she grows up, ballerinas are high on the list. It’s no wonder. Their poise, graceful posture and costumes are beautiful and wearing tutus is high on their wish list.

    We make and send out countless beautiful tutus throughout the year - for all ages, and in a variety of colours and fabrics.

    Designing and manufacturing here at Dance Gear sets us at a unique advantage, as our customers can order their tutu of choice in any combination they like, chosen from over 80 fabrics. We offer L30-18-Pink-Front-CHILDa fast service and are proud to be a UK manufacturer. We have complete control over the entire process, to make sure that customers get what they want.

    We have an exciting variety of colours available, depending on which fabric you choose. If you are unsure on sizes, you can check our sizing guide to help you to decide or of course call or email us and we’ll be happy to help.

    In our made-to fabric range, choose from almost any fabric you like, such as Cotton Lycra, Nylon Lycra, Metallic, Velour or even a Printed fabric.

    Romantic White TutuFor a more classical design, dancers often go for a Romantic tutu.

    It is formed from longer layers of net, and is attached to a bodice. Sometimes, these are embellished but look equally as elegant in a plain colour. Our adult designs can be made in children’s sizes and vice versa.

    To see our full range of tutus, head over to https://www.dancegear.co.uk/

  • How to Choose the Perfect Ballet Shoe

    All About Ballet Shoes
    Step-By-Step Guide on How to Choose the Perfect Ballet Shoe

    The golden rule of choosing dance shoes, whatever the style of dance, is comfort. This is absolutely essential in order to ensure you give your best possible performance. In ballet, having a comfortable pair of ballet shoes is no less important than any other style of dance.

    With such a wide variety of ballet shoes available, it can often be very confusing knowing which ones to choose especially if you are just about to start learning. There are so many styles available and if you are a novice, you need to make sure that you choose the right ones. Most dance schools have a uniform and it's quite likely that your ballet teacher will require you to buy a particular pair of ballet shoes so it's best to talk to them first. For those of you who want to get a head start or don't have a uniform, here is a helpful guide to make sure you choose the best ballet shoes for you!

    Step 1: Type of Ballet Shoes 
    Soft Ballet Shoes

    There are two different types of soles available with soft ballet shoes - split sole and full sole.

    Full Sole:

    • Reaches from the toe right down to the heel without a break
    • Elastics are either attached or within the shoe
    • Offers the extra support required by beginners especially.
    • Encourages the foot to work harder in order to achieve en-pointe.
    • Over time, this will develop and strengthen the muscles in the arch of the foot enough to allow the dancer to progress to split sole ballet shoes.

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    Split Sole:

    • Has a break in between the ball of the foot and the heel
    • Elastics are either attached or within the shoe
    • Provides more flexibility of the foot
    • Gives a much nicer line which can help result in a more polished performance.

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    Once you have progressed to the split sole ballet shoe, you are just one step away from advancing to the pointe shoe. This type of shoe has a different structure to the soft ballet shoes discussed in this article. They have a 'box' and 'shank' which together support the dancer's foot allowing them to stand on the tips of their toes and move around the performance space as though weightless. This highly rewarding skill takes many years of hard work and commitment.

    Pointe Shoes

    A Demi Pointe:

    Demi pointe have some features of both the soft ballet shoe and the full pointe shoe:S0135-Top-and-Sole

    • The toe box is softer and the sides or 'wings are not as deep as in a pointe shoe
    • Demi pointe shoes have no shank so are more flexible and do not have the support required for pointe work
    • Demi pointe shoes are used to make the transition from soft to pointe shoes, but should not be used for 'en-pointe' performances.

     

    Pointe:

    Pointe shoes vary in size and fit to suit individuals, but all have the same internal structure:

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    • The box is a hard enclosed space at the end of the shoe, designed to support the toes.
    • The end of the box is flattened to create a platform enabling dancers to stand 'en-pointe.'
    • The shank is a piece of rigid material which provides support for the arch of the foot whilst 'en pointe.'
    • Most pointe shoes are only made in flesh colours, so that the dancer almost appears as though they are performing barefoot
    • Come with a strong hard-wearing suede type bottom so it can be bent to break the pointe shoes in.

     

    Pointe shoes DO NOT come with pre-attached elastics or any toe protection, such as Ouch Pouches or Animal Wool. They are sold separately -you need to choose protection which makes your toes feel most comfortable or get advice from a fitter. Any other accessories such as pointe shoe elastics, suede caps (to improve the grip of the pointe platform on the toe box and stop wear of the fabric), ribbons and more are also available to purchase separately.

    Step 2: Type of Fabric

    The next thing to consider is the fabric from which ballet shoes are made. The vast majority and most popular ballet shoes are manufactured from leather and canvas though satin ballet shoes are also available which are very attractive. Though ballet looks very dainty and delicate, ballet classes require a lot of endurance and your ballet shoes will need to be equally hard wearing. Each ballet shoe comes with either a suede full sole or split sole bottom to help with better grip and rotation when wearing the shoe.

    Satin:
    • The most aesthetically pleasing appearance
    • Ideal for special occasions
    • Lacks any give therefore is unable to stretch and mold to the shape of your foot.
    • We also have these in a 'Wide' fitting as these can come up fairly thin measured.

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    Canvas:
    • fairly durable and will outlast most pairs of satin shoes several times over
    • will retain their shape
    • can sometimes snag and form holes
    • they are machine washable making them easy to maintain
    • Some dancers also feel that they allow them to better feel the surface of the floor through the shoe than other fabrics.

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    Leather:
    • Hard wearing therefore will usually last much longer than any other of fabric.
    • They require the dancer's foot to work harder to stretch which helps develop the strength of the muscles in the feet and legs.
    • More expensive than canvas or satin.

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    If you're not sure which ballet shoes to choose, leather is almost always the best choice. However, if you're not ready to spend that little bit of extra cash just yet, it's a good idea to start off with a pair of Satin ballet shoes. If you decide that you enjoy ballet classes, then you can always buy a pair of leather ballet shoes when your canvas ones need replacing. Remember though, before you go out and buy any ballet shoes, check with your teacher to see whether there are any particular shoes they recommend.

    Step 3: Try the Ballet Shoes on!

    Once you have decided on your chosen fabric and type of sole, you will be getting close to finding the right pair of ballet shoes. Before you make your final choice you will need to try them on.

    • Put on your ballet shoe.
    • Put your leg out straight forward with the toe pointed forward and touching the floor.
    • Is there ample space for a good pinch at the back of this foot?
    • Is there enough room for the toes to wriggle around a little but not enough space for the foot to move around inside the shoe?

     

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    If the toes are jammed into the end of the shoe, then you need to go for a bigger size.

    You need to make sure that when wearing the shoe, you have enough room at the front of the shoe for your toes. There doesn't need to be a massive gap around all the toes, but you do need to be able to see the tip of the big toe through the ballet shoe but still have a bit of room around the other toes. This is so when a dance teacher looks at your pointe, they can identify that the tip of the toe is in the correct position within the shoe. The leather ballet shoes do give a little once worn in, that's why you don't want a huge gap at the end or they will end up too big.

    Step 4: Consider the Elastics

    Finally, you need to consider the elastics. Most ballet shoes come with elastics included but they may not be attached. This is because every dancer has slightly different shaped feet which means that the elastics need to be in a slightly different position. Some beginner shoes come with the elastics pre-attached which is great for novices. If the elastics you choose aren't attached then it's important to attach them to ensure that they offer your ankles better support and protection.

    To do this;

    Place your ballet shoe on a flat surface with the sole facing down.

    Keeping the sole of the ballet shoe flat, fold down the heel of the shoe against the lining, and on the outer side of the shoe use a pencil to lightly mark where the folded upper meets the binding.

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    Stitch one side of the elastic onto the lining and binding but be very careful not to put the needle through the ballet shoe upper.

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    Put on the shoe and pull the elastic over the instep, mark where the elastic meets the binding and stitch the elastic to the other side.

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    Following these steps will ensure that the elastic is sewn on in the correct place and your ballet shoes are as comfortable as possible!

    Dance Gear Direct are experts in providing dance wear with over 30 years' experience. For more information about our extensive range of ballet shoes please visit our website https://www.dancegear.co.uk.

    We also provide Pointe shoe fitting by appointment, in our shopCall 0121 420 1999

  • Everything you need to know about Dance Sneakers

    What are Dance Sneakers?

    Dance sneakers are a type of footwear designed for dancing. They are specially designed to support the feet, but still allow for bending, spinning, and movement. Dance sneakers should only be worn for dancing; they are not intended for general use, because they often do not provide enough arch support for daily walking.

    What types of dance sneakers are available?

    There are different dance sneakers available for different types of dance, such as Modern, Street and Hip-Hop.

    Often, dance sneakers are designed with a split sole. This means that there is sole support in the front, underneath the toes and ball of the foot, and the back, underneath the heel of the foot. There is very little sole support in the middle of the foot under the arch, however.

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    This split sole design allows the foot to bend much more freely when dancing. Some feature straps along the side to give the arch a small bit of support. Other types of dance sneakers have a very thin, extremely flexible sole over the entire sneaker.

    Some dance sneakers feature additional benefits, such as smooth spots on the soles to make spinning easier, or notches in the heel to make it easier for a partner to lift another dancer. Sneakers are typically lace-up; slip-on shoes are not common. The sneakers are typically made of leather, canvas, suede or performance meshes; leather and suede shoes tend to be more expensive than others. Again, the style, type, and features of the shoe vary depending on the type of dance for which it is intended.

    What features should I look for in a pair of dance sneakers?

    Dance sneakers are designed with keeping the dancer's demands such as the flexibility and comfort during the movements. They employ innovations such as;

    • Dynamic Resistance Technology [DRT]; this makes use of lightweight materials like sleek leather along with mesh upper. This givesS0538-BK-2T-1S good breath-ability to the feet with comfort.
    • Smooth spin circles for the quick effortless turns and the finger notch in the heels provide the confident partner lifts.
    • Variable lacing system to give a foot hugging fit for the dancer.
    • Grooves on the forefeet to increase flexibility in the movements.
    • The insole can be removed and cleaned; they are made up of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate [EVA] to provide supplementary support to the feet.
    • The mid sole is usually made up of Poly Urethane [P.U] to give excellent cushioning to the feet. This allows the dancer to be more comfortable during action.
    • The split sole design gives the best arc support and enables excellent orthotic inserts to be used
    • Light weight non-marking out-soles give essential shock absorption for the dancer and they also add to the agility of the person.

    What types of dance are dance sneakers used for?

    Dance sneakers are used for many styles but are particularly popular for:

    shutterstock_70304335 hip hop urban landscape Break dancing; Hip hop; Street dance; Modern..

    And more..

    Where can I purchase dance sneakers?

    There is a wide range of dance sneakers available on the market from many major dance brands such as CapezioBloch and Roch Valley.

    If you're buying your first pair or if you're not sure what size to choose, it's a good idea to get them fitted at a local dance shop. However, if you're confident that you know what size and style you want to purchase then you'll find much more competitively priced dance shoes online. These sneakers are generally not found in general shoe stores.

    Dance Gear Direct are experts in providing dance wear with over 30 years' experience. For more information about our extensive range of ballet shoes please visit our website https://www.dancegear.co.uk.

  • Everything you need to know about Ballet Leotards

    Step-By-Step Guide on How to Choose the Perfect Dance Leotard

    A dance leotard is a piece of dancewear designed specifically for dance. It's skin tight, covers the torso leaving the legs and usually the arms free, and its main purpose is to allow for complete freedom of movement.

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    The dance leotard is particularly well suited to dance because of its tight fitting or formfitting quality. This holds the leotard close to the dancer's body to accentuate their physique whilst allowing them complete freedom of unrestricted movement. In turn, this allows the dance teacher, choreographer and audience to clearly see the placement of the dancer's body which is highly important to provide the best possible performance.

    Step 1: Choose your style

    There are simply hundreds, if not thousands, of different designs of leotard available between which we can choose the one that fits us better. The most popular ones are:

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    Tank: This is the most basic of all leotards. It consists of a simple sleeveless tank-style torso.

    Camisole: These are similar to tank leotards but have thinner shoulder straps which allow for more intricate designs such as double strap, criss-cross back, lattice back or rib back.

    Short Sleeved: This style of leotard has short sleeves and can have several variations on design such as an open back, ruche or polo neck.

    Long Sleeved: As the title suggests, leotards of this nature have full length sleeves. Similar to the cap sleeve variety, the long sleeve leotard can have several variations on design such as an open back, ruche or polo neck.

    Frilled or Skirted: The frill or skirt is usually attached to the leotard near the waist of the dancer. However, sometimes the skirt can originate from higher up the leotard such as on the Lyrical Dress where the skirt originates from just under the bust line.

    Child's Lyrical Dress Skirted Sleeveless Camisole Leotard

    Step 2: What fabrics are available?

    When you think of ballet leotards, you probably think of Cotton Lycra or Nylon Lycra in black, white and pastel colours such as pink and blue. However, leotards actually look superb in a range of different fabrics too. Here we have some examples of the most popular ones:

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    Nylon Lycra: It has a slight shine. It offers a wide variety of colours which means that even the most basic of leotards can be used to either contrast or harmonise with the themes explored by the dance.

    Cotton Lycra: It has a matt finish. As well as nylon lycra, cotton lycra also offers a wide variety of colours with the same benefits.

    Metallic: These fabrics have a light reflective quality to create a glittery or sparkly effect.

    Printed FabricsLeotards made from printed fabrics are available in prints ranging from tiger or zebra through to harlequin and rainbow.

    Velour: It has the rich appearance and feel of velvet.

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    Step 3: What's my size?

    If you want to know if a leotard fits you or you want to know if you've bought the right size, you can follow the next steps in order to find it out:

    1. Try it on and move around.
    2. Bend forward, backward and maybe to the sides too.
    3. If the straps on the front of the leotard don't move too much then it's likely that the leotard is a good fit.
    4. Other good tell-tale places of a well-fitting leotard are between the legs and under the arms. If your leotard pulls under the arms or between the legs when you try it on you need to choose a larger size. If, however, your leotard is baggy in any way, try a size smaller

    Step 4: What about children leotards?

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    The importance of choosing quality leotards cannot be underestimated in providing the correct fit for your child. More and more dance teachers are allowing their students to wear their own choice of leotard, so there is a range of factors to consider when buying yours so we thought we'd outline a few of them here:

    Firstly, does your school follow a regulatory body?

    RAD Chloe Child's Leotard with scoop neck and short sleeves

    Before you purchase your dance leotard, check with your dance teacher whether your school follows a certain regulation such as RAD or ISTD. There are different uniform requirements for different exams, so your child may start in a short sleeved leotard but change to a sleeveless dance leotard as they progress through different grades.

    Different styles make a huge difference

    Fashion leotards with more intricate strap designs are genCHLOE-Main-CHILDerally more limited to adult leotards. However, an increasing number of leotards with fashionable designs such as criss-cross straps, spaghetti straps and low backs are becoming available to children which further increases your choice.

    Ensure that you get the correct size

    When your child tries their leotard on at home or in a shop, allow them to do a few simple movements to see whether there is any irritation and whether there is a suitable amount of growing room. If you get the leotard too large though, there may be the risk of the leotard falling down off the shoulders. Equally, if the leotard is too small it may cause some discomfort in areas such as under the arms.

    Capezio and Bloch Leotards

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    Capezio and Bloch provide excellent choice of style, design and quality to all their dance leotards and now provide a large variety of children's leotards. A number of these are in cotton with a mixture of nylon to give better stretch but also breath-ability.

    Dance Gear's own unique range of leotards is also available in over 80 colours & patterns and five 5 fabrics. We even make leotards in a combination of two different fabrics for something completely unique .Purple and pink colours being particularly popular with children. Don't ignore other makes as well, Roch Valley have a variety of different styles for children.

    Dance Gear Direct are experts in providing dancewear with over 30 years experience. For more information about our extensive range of ballet leotards, please visit our website https://www.dancegear.co.uk.

  • Mum of Three review of Dance Gear

    Posted By Sarah Mummy on Aug 1, 2017 | Dance Wear by Dance Gear Ltd.

    Dance Wear can sometimes look a bit boring – leotards, leggings, shorts, crop tops… They come in pink, black and lilac. The leotard might have a skirt. It might have thin straps or thicker ones. But it can all be a bit the same. Which is where Dance Gear comes in.
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    The UK company doesn’t just stock dancewear brands like Roch Valley and Bloch, they also have their own unique Made to Order range. The range includes 80 different designs, each available in over 80 different fabrics, colours and patterns and 10 sizes to fit the smallest children right up to adults. That’s over 64,000 unique choices!
    That must be expensive, right?
    Not at all! The prices are no different from any other ready-made dancewear you would buy.
    When my daughter was offered the chance to choose something from Dance Gear’s Made to Order range, she was overwhelmed by the choice. My daughter has uniform items for her ballet and tap classes, so doesn’t often need anything different to wear for dance. But over the last year she has done a choreography show at her dance school and a ballet dance in the school leavers’ play, which meant she wasn’t wearing her usual ballet uniform. And just when we were offered something to wear from Dance Gear, she had decided to enter the talent show at her Scout camp.
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    She looked at a whole range of leotard shapes, with patterned fabric and velvet fabric, as well as the more regular cotton. But eventually she decided to go for something entirely different and went for a crop top and hotpants. Initially she chose a crop top with regular sleeves, before picking one with a long sleeve and a shoulder strap. She chose the bright fluorescent pink in nylon lycra, which costs just £9.95.
    She finished her outfit off with a pair of hot pants in the same material, which are just £7.75.
    Her outfit was manufactured especially for her at the company’s site in Birmingham and actually arrived the next day!
    Dance Gear is run by a dancing family and staffed by people who have been professional dancers, as well as enthusiastic amateur dancers. They all know the importance of getting the right outfit, which is sturdy enough for energetic dance classes, but also stands out as something unique and individual.
    If you’re looking for dancewear that is good value and unique, you should definitely check out Dance Gear!
    We were sent a crop top and hot pants for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.
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