1 comment / Posted on by Sonja Church

We know the burden of endless dance expenses you face every year: studio registration fee, monthly class fees, dance supplies, recital fees, costume fees, competition fees, traveling costs, oh and more dance supplies.

Not to mention gas to and fro and all the time you spend driving. It’s for this reason we’ve gathered a list of 6 ways YOU can save money!

  1. BUDGET AND PRIORITIZE
    If you know what expenses to expect you can determine what’s worth spending more or less on. Write out all your monthly costs for the year. Then determine what is absolutely essential, and what you can compromise on.

  2. BE A SMART SHOPPER
    Don’t just say yes to the first option of ballet slippers you see. Research what other online retailers sell and compare prices. If you’re on a tight budget, consider gently used dance items from local dance shops or dance community groups. We recommend trying shoes on locally before buying to avoid sizing exchanges and returns.

  3. PAY UP FRONT
    Wouldn’t it be nice when the holidays hit to know that you have already paid for dance that month? Often times studios offer discounts to parents who pay their annual tuition up front. Find out what financial plans are offered or ask if they would consider knocking off some fees for paying in advance. That way each month is taken care of and you won’t have to think about it!

  4. CARPOOLING
    Know a mom at the studio? Have a dance friend that you trust? Maybe it’s worth carpooling? Growing up, we carpooled every week twice a week with our best friends to ballet class. This meant 50% less driving for each mom PER week. *Sigh of relief* now you can enjoy a glass of wine that night instead :).  

  5. GIFTING FOR DANCE
    A super nifty idea is to put gift cards or gift certificates on your ballerina’s wish list. We find that often time family members and close friends love to contribute to their favorite dancer’s passion. They can do this in forms of gift cards to her favorite retailers and certificates to your local studio!

  6. SALVAGING POINTE SHOES  
    Boy do they add up! I remember the look on my mom’s face when I informed her that the pair she had just bought me a month prior were already going dead.  A couple things: when pointe shoes start to die, try using spray shellac or jet glue to harden them and conserve their shape. This should increase the lifespan of the shoes. You can also use dental floss to sew pointe shoes. It’s cheaper than special wax thread and pointe shoe sewing kits. And it’s durable. Lastly, salvage the ribbons and elastic from older shoes so you don’t have to re-purchase them again and again.

We hope these tips help! Now sit back, have a spritzer and think about what a great job you’re doing as mom :).

Xx,
Sonja
Ballet Belle, Founder

 

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  • Posted on by Nathalie Mahaffey

    About Pointe Shoes… Make sure, once your ballerina feet has stopped growing for a bit, go to the Website of the shoe maker and order direct. A lot of time they have sales like 20 to 30 percent off or free shipping and buy several pairs if you can!! I just scored Russian Pointe Bravas for $63 instead of $90 !!! Also they have an Outlet on their website too!! I once scored three pairs for $23 EACH!!! Check often !! Also I’ve bought pairs off EBay , poshmark and Craigslist too!! Also you could organize a Leotard swap or sale at your studio can save money too!!

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Belle Leggings

SIZE XS S M L XL 
WAIST 25 28 30 35 37
35 38 41 45 49
INSEAM LENGTH 26 1/4 26 3/4 27 1/8 27 1/2 27 7/8

Model wears size S and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 36 hips.

Belle Crewneck

SIZE S M L XL 2XL
ACROSS SHOULDER 20 22 24 26 28
BODY LENGTH 28 29 30 31 32
CHEST WIDTH 21 23 25 27 29
SLEEVE LENGTH 24 24 24 24 23 1/2

Model wears size S and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust.


Belle Off The Shoulder Long Sleeve

SIZE XS  S M L XL 2XL
CHEST 24 1/4 25 1/2 26 1/2 27 1/2 28 1/2  29 1/2
CENTER FRONT LENGTH 19 19 3/8 19 3/4 20 1/4  20 3/4 21 1/4

 

Model wears size M and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust.

 

Belle French Terry Long Sleeve

SIZE S M L XL 2XL
HPS 25 1/2 26 26 1/2 27 27 1/2
BUST 19 20 21 22 1/2  24

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Bust measures across the bust 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

Model wears size M and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust. 

Belle Muscle Tee

SIZE S M L XL 2XL
CENTER FRONT LENGTH 20 1/4 20 5/8 21 1/8 21 5/8  22 1/8
WIDTH 16 16 3/4 17 3/4 18 3/4 19 3/4

Width measured 1" below arm hole

Model wears size S and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust.

Belle Tee

SIZE XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
HPS 25 3/4 26 1/4 26 3/4 27 1/4 27 3/4 28 1/4 28 3/4
BUST (14" from HPS) 17 1/2 18 1/2 19 1/2 20 1/2 22 23 1/2  25

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Bust measures across the bust 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

Model wears size S and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust.

Belle Tank

SIZE XS S M L XL 2XL
HPS 25 7/8 26 1/2 27 1/8 27 3/4 28 3/8 29
BUST 15 16 17 18 19 1/2 21 

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Bust measures across the bust 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

Model wears size S and measures 5’3” tall / 115 lbs / 27 inch waist / 33.75 bust. 

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Belle Princess Tee

SIZE XS (3/4) S (6/6x) M (7/8) L (10/12) XL (14/16)
HPS 19 20 21 23 25
BUST 11 1/2 12 1/2 13 1/2 15 16 1/2 

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Bust measures across the bust 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

Model wears size M (7/8) and is 4’3” tall, age 8. This shirt is very fitted and long in the torso. For a looser fit, order one size up.

Model wears size M (7/8) and is 4’3” tall, age 8. This shirt is very fitted and long in the torso. For a looser fit, order one size up.


Belle Princess Crewneck

SIZE XS (3/4) S (6/6x) M (7/8) L (10/12) XL (14/16)
HPS 19.75 21.25 22.5 24 25.5
WIDTH 16 17 18 19 20 

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Bust measures across the bust 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

Model wears size S (6/6x) and is 4’3” tall, age 8. This crewneck runs slightly large and yields a roomier fit.

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AGE 1-2 2-3 3-4 5-6 6-7
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AGE 0-3 M 3-6 M 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M
HEIGHT (in) 18-21 22-24 25-28 29-31 32-34
WEIGHT (lbs) 5-9 10-16 17-20 21-24  25-27



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AGE 0-3 M 3-6 M 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M
HEIGHT (in) 18-21 22-24 25-28 29-31 32-34
WEIGHT (lbs) 5-9 10-16 17-20 21-24  25-27

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SIZE XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL
HPS 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
WIDTH 17 1/2 19 20 1/2 22 24 26 28 30 

High Point Shoulder (HPS) is measured from the highest point of the shirt (usually top of the shoulder) to the bottom of its hem.

Chest measures across the rib cage 1" below the armhole, seam to seam.

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