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!
- 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.
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.
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!
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 :).
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!
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 :).
Ballet Belle, Founder