Where can I buy a ballet costume for my 4yo?

(37 Posts)
PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 20:32:34

She has started ballet. She is the only one not in a costume!

I need leotard, tights, ballet shoes, and I am guessing a tutu? is this part of the leotard? although some girls have them with their leotards and some don't, not sure if it is needed or not.

I was told Sainsburys sell some? anywhere else?

lockets Thu 03-Feb-11 20:34:18

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MaryBS Thu 03-Feb-11 20:38:54

At my DD's ballet school, it had to be a particular colour and style, although no tutu required. It sounds like yours has no dress code though. John Lewis are very good.

shesparkles Thu 03-Feb-11 20:38:55

I use dance direct too, but check with the teacher exactly what she needs-some dance schools are stricter than others

ThaliaKeith Thu 03-Feb-11 20:40:56

I've seen some in H and M. Does the dance school sell any second hand ones? Or you could try ebay.

But agree with checking whether there is a colour code.

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 20:42:14

I know this sounds silly but what exactly do I need to buy? there is so much to choose from, I don't want to buy the wrong thing and have her look silly. I know what i like but not sure if it would look too fancy dress. I want her to fit in.

I have never done anything like this myself and her best friend from school goes and has done for years, so I want her to look right. Not better or fancy or anything, just not like her mother knows nothing about ballet!

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 20:43:30

colour is soft pink, that is clear, ALL the girls wore pink, but sort of guessed it is standard. I don't think they are too strict at this age, it is a small class of little ones, but they all look professional!

melpomene Thu 03-Feb-11 20:44:22

Have you asked the teacher? Our teacher sells the kit, but I've found it's cheaper on ebay (I've bought both new and used ballet stuff from ebay.)

lockets Thu 03-Feb-11 20:46:05

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elphabadefiesgravity Thu 03-Feb-11 20:47:24

Most dance school have a uniform dependig on which dance organisation they are affiliated with.

RAD is pink or lilac leotard and voile crossover skirt

etc etc

Most children wiat and go to the first class then the teacher tells them what to buy.

ISTD for little ones is I think Melody Bear all in one leotard/skirt in a selection of colours (each school chooses a colour)

BBO is all in pink leotard and attached skirt in a particular style

Tutus are virtually never worn to class.

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 20:47:40

No i didn't ask blush i thought I knew what to buy, and then, went to buy it and realised that i didn't have a clue!

She is going tomorrow and I had wanted to get her some, as we decided that if after last week she enjoyed it (3 weeks) we would buy her outfit for her. She enjoyed it (although a professional dancer she is clearly not ever going to be wink has zero coordination/concentration!) so we decided to buy it and I have been stuck.

I guess she will have to go one more day tomorrow with her leggings/tee-shirt and a promise to get it for the following week and we will ask exactly what to buy so it is right.

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 20:49:29

lockets that sounds right, but some have the voile skirt, and some don't. It was voile that I was thinking, not the full on tutu! I did not know the name! All have the tights, shoes and hair up.

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 20:50:43

and the wraparound cardigan, several had these on.

elphabadefiesgravity Thu 03-Feb-11 20:50:54

You never know Pavlov. I said something similar to dd's first ballet teacher when she was 5. Two years later she was dancing with a touring Russian opera company in a professional production!

lockets Thu 03-Feb-11 20:52:47

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elphabadefiesgravity Thu 03-Feb-11 20:52:56

If it is RAd the pre primary uniform is changing and many schools have a mixture. The voile skirt used to be circular with dots on, now it has changed to crossover. However the skirts and leotards are a different style to ISTD and IDTA so it is best to check.

If you go to a local dance shop and tell them which dance school it is they will probably know thught they will be a bit more expensive than places like Dance Direct.

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 20:54:02

shock holy shite! I really did not consider how serious this is taken! I mean i did but not, if that makes sense!


schilke Thu 03-Feb-11 20:56:21

Pavlov - I have a pale pink voile skirt that I could send you. We have 2 and also they have changed the uniform. Had to buy new wraparound skirt just for dd1 to do an exam so now dd2 has that one. Might have a spare leotard. Got loads of ballet shoes. If you would like any let me know.

elphabadefiesgravity Thu 03-Feb-11 20:56:22

At dd's ballet school they take the stance that if you have the proper uniform then you don't have to go out and buy special stuff when they come to take their exams.

Some schools have one uniform for class then a comepltely separate uniform with brand new shoes for exams. Stuff that for a bowl of cherries!

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 20:59:15

RAD?ISTD? shock

I just said to DH 'this dance school DD goes to, it is not a serious one is it, it is just a local ballet dance school isn't it' and he laughed at me and said 'er, no, i would say, it is a serious dance school...'

<sigh> no just DD learning stuff eh!

I will talk to the mother of her friend, and see what she says. Her DD is excellent at it, been going there since she was just 3 so she will know what I need to get, just won't be tomorrow, unless there is a dance outfitters somewhere in this godforsaken city.

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 21:02:01

shilke that would be wonderful! I would happily buy the stuff from you, PM me and we can chat about it, what a lovely offer smile

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 21:03:36

so, for tomorrow, while I continue panicking, do you think I would be ok if I could locate her a correct coloured leotard, tights and ballet shoes? even if the style is not exactly right. I really don't want her to go in there with normal clothes on, I think she will get on so much better and fit in properly if she has the right colour at least!

schilke Thu 03-Feb-11 21:03:49

Dd1 has just started grade 1. I nearly had a fit at the cost of buying various skirts and shoes. Some of them take it so seriously. Dd1 just likes dressing up!

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 21:19:47

schilke that is exactly like DD! She did fun ballet at her nursery each week, had a ballet teacher come in to the nursery, they had little cute tutus and leotards in class and I sort of thought in some odd way this would be a continuation of the same, have no idea why i thought that!

mummyosaurus Thu 03-Feb-11 21:24:27

I use dance gear direct.

Is there a uniform guide at the ballet class?

The first time I ordered I rang dance gear direct and they helped me with sizing and everything, lady was fab.

Ballet shoe sizes are different - be warned!

PavlovtheCat Thu 03-Feb-11 21:25:35

oh are they?!!! how different?

<gets out notepad>

elphabadefiesgravity Thu 03-Feb-11 21:27:00

Apart from Capezio (which are American sizings) ballet shoes are about one size smaller than normal shoes.

elphabadefiesgravity Thu 03-Feb-11 21:27:47

Grade 1 - character skirt = expensive!!!!!!!

mummyosaurus Fri 04-Feb-11 10:48:18

Ballet shoes are one and a half sizes bigger than the usual shoe size, I believe. But check with the shop, or the lady on the phone if you use Dance gear direct.

I also think it may be pssible to buy 2 sizes larger because as you tie them the size is fairly adjustable, the leather ones stretch too, so they ended up fitting DD through quite a few sizes.

PavlovtheCat Fri 04-Feb-11 18:00:06

ok, so today i bought the leotard and tights from a local dance shop, spent a bit but wanted it today, got simple ballet pink colour and shilke had kindly passing on the voile skirt and some ballet shoes. She went without today, due to her friend's mother agreeing to bring some for her to use, then we got stuck in traffic, she did not see us, her daughter for some reason told her that my DD had gone home sick, the granny called so they mitched as daughter sad DD was not going grin <sigh> logistics eh?! anyway, she went without and they were not at all bothered, two children had no shoes on.

She did much much better today. Hair up in a bun, looked the part. I wonder how much difference it had made to her? a little at least that is for sure.

Checked it with the ballet teacher who said it was fine, she said in this group, the little ones group she was not too strict with the rules, as long as they had a leotard/tights/shoes in pink and ideally a voile skirt she did not mind exactly what ones.

elphabadefiesgravity Sat 05-Feb-11 18:18:38

It is often a little less strict in the very young classes.

Thy use the skirts for excerces, preparation for certain arm posisitions I think.

PavlovtheCat Sat 05-Feb-11 18:42:49

Yes, DD said she had to have a skirt so she could practice some of the moves!

Portofino Sat 05-Feb-11 19:21:46

This a little scary! Dd goes weekly in Brussels and everything has come from H&M! And has Hello Kitty on! Do these scary places really exist in the UK?

PavlovtheCat Sat 05-Feb-11 19:56:55

porto* DD would wear all Hello Kitty stuff if she could have her way! She has lots of H&M hello kitty stuff! There are a couple of children in her class wearing little cute tutus which may be H&M but they are little ones, like 3yo (group is 3-5) so they can get away with it, the older ones, while not wearing matching outfits, all have proper stuff on. The older ones, in the class above do wear different stuff though, some of them have black outifts?

Portofino Sat 05-Feb-11 21:20:27

Blimey! And buns in hair too! I struggle to get out of bed on a Sunday morning and drink enough coffee to get me there in one piece!

PavlovtheCat Sat 05-Feb-11 21:46:09

luckily DD goes straight from school so I put her hair in a pony tail, and when there, freshen it and twirl it round quickly, it looks fine, but not a proper one! <adds to list 'must learn how to do buns'> grin

I am not anticipating her being a fabulous ballet dancer, she is a very rough and tumble kind of girl. But I think she will learn a lot from the discipline side of things, and learning to hold herself well, and maybe a bit of grace to help with other things she does. If she does well, great, if not, then she has a nice little fancy dress outfit!!

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