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In a Nutshell

Kids and adults alike can use their imagination and learn the basics in dance classes

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Promotional value expires Apr 4, 2015. Amount paid never expires. New customers only. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per child. Must activate by the expiration date on your Groupon. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required; subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). All goods or services must be used by the same person. Must sign waiver. 17 and younger requires guardian-signed waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Four Options

  • C$85 for a mommy-and-me class for children aged 18 months–3 years old (C$175 value)
  • C$85 for a Pre Dance or Pre Ballet class for ages 2–3 years old (C$175value)
  • C$89 for a Ballet, Jazz/Hip Hop, Tap, or Musical Theatre class for children aged 4–10 years old (C$185 value)
  • C$89 for a 10-week Ballet or Pre-Natal Dance and Fitness class for adults 18 years and older (C$185 value)

Ballet Slippers: Training for the Toes

Ballerinas exude grace from the toe up, thanks to their special footwear. Before you point your toes, check out Groupon’s overview to make sure the shoe fits the dance.

Most ballerinas dream of gliding effortlessly across a stage on the very tips of their toes, but they all step into their first ballet class with their feet flat on the ground. Before a dancer can rise up on her first pair of toe shoes (which generally happens around age 12 after years of classes and levitation spells) she must train in simple ballet slippers. The thin, flexible footwear allows dancers to memorize the feeling of their feet on the floor as they learn to form the correct movements and build up muscle strength. The slippers’ suede soles give dancers more traction than socks, but allow much more glide than bare feet.

There are two main factors to consider when shopping for ballet slippers: material and sole type. Delicate satin slippers may look lovely, but they’re usually reserved for special performances, since satin is neither stretchy nor durable enough for everyday use. Some dancers start with slippers made of canvas, as these shoes are durable, comfortable, and affordable, though many prefer the rigidity of leather—thought to increase foot strength—despite its higher price tag. The next choice is between full soles and split soles. Split soles, which separate the heel and toe area, provide more flexibility for pointed feet. However, beginning dancers often opt for full soles, which stretch from toe to heel and provide more resistance, building up strength with every flex of the foot.

No matter what slipper you choose, it should fit your foot like a glove or thumbless mitten, so that your toes can sit flat with no extra room at the tip. Before your first class, it’s a good idea to call ahead and ask what shoes would be appropriate to wear. The instructor may be able to suggest a few brands, or even tell you the color of shoe that the studio prefers.

Customer Reviews

My son enjoyed coming for his trial dance! He likes his teachers and had a wonderful time! Would recommend.
Roselle B. · 3 days ago
My daughter loves attending the class and looks forward to going every time. She really likes the songs and her favourite part is obviously dancing.
Genevieve D. · October 8, 2017
My daughter had a great time doing the Hip Hop class and end of year recital. Carolyn was so amenable to our family's needs and questions. Highly recommended - great way for a family to try out a new class without huge investment.
Gigi L. · June 24, 2017

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