The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s time to start making those holiday shopping lists. Have you been wondering what to get for the dancer in your life? Well look no further! Here are some gift ideas that are sure to delight any dancer.
By Elizabeth Roember
Who doesn’t love a cute leotard? There are so many fun color and style options that you are sure to find the perfect leotard for your dancer to add to her wardrobe.
Skirts, shirts, warm-ups, bags–I could go on and on. CDT even has a great new drawstring bag that is perfect for storing dance shoes. Need a great stocking stuffer? Fuzzy socks! Nothing is better after a long day of dance than putting on a pair of nice soft, fuzzy socks to show your feet some love.
~Tickets to a Show~
Dancers love to perform, but they also enjoying watching others perform. Watching other performing artists in their element can be a great learning experience for dancers as well as inspire them to continue to grow in their dancing. Consider getting your dancers tickets to a dance production or musical. Chattanooga has many great performing companies stop in town throughout the whole year. It’s definitely worth checking out the Patten Series at UTC and the new Broadway Series at the Tivoli.
Dancers are always looking to improve and grow in their craft, and nothing helps them more than private lessons. They are a great way for dancers to get the extra personalized attention they need to help their technique reach the next level. Private lessons can also increase a dancer’s self-confidence since they will be getting one on one feedback and encouragement.
I hope these gift ideas help you find the perfect gift for your dancer this holiday season. Happy shopping!
Chattanooga Dance Theatre teaches some great technique. Students at CDT develop a strong foundation in ballet and with training in modern, jazz and other forms of dance, these dancers feel comfortable in almost any class. But there are even more reasons to dance at CDT. Here are the side effects of dancing at Chattanooga Dance Theatre:
- Confidence. At Chattanooga Dance Theatre, we work to empower students. While good technique is taught, it is always taught in an encouraging way. Teachers help students set goals and assist dancers to achieve them. Dancers feel supported, accomplished, and ready to take on more in life.
- Creativity. Throughout our syllabus we incorporate and encourage student expression and creativity. When dancers learn to use their creativity, they are better problem solvers in the studio and throughout life.
- Intellegence. Did you know that dance makes you smarter? No joke. They are using dance to help slow down dementia and it has been helpful for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Dance does some amazing things for keeping healthy brain development and brain function. Check it out here: http://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/dancing-and-brain
- Work Ethic. You don’t get too far in dance without working hard, and with a supportive environment, students learn that it can be fun to work hard as a group and reach amazing new heights.
- Responsibility. Students at Chattanooga Dance Theatre learn responsibility in class and preparing for performances. Dancers are required to adhere to dress code, have hair properly pulled back and have all dance necessities in their dance bag.
- Friendship. Not only are the teachers supportive of the students at Chattanooga Dance Theatre, but the students are supportive of each other. It’s an encouraging environment all the way around and dancers create life long friendships.
If you are a current or potential student at Chattanooga Dance Theatre feel free to speak with a teacher or office staff member about any questions, concerns, praises, or suggestions.
Tell us what you or your child have enjoyed at CDT below.
By Christine Mashburn-Paul
It seems so simple, they are little leather slippers with a draw string. But believe it or not, poorly fitting slippers can easily become a distraction in class, not to mention cause pain for your little ballet dancer. If a dancer’s feet are hurting, they won’t be able to dance to their potential. So, I’ve compiled a quick list of “dos” and “don’ts” for fitting your child’s ballet slippers….
First, the ‘dos’….
- Do make sure that your child’s shoes are fitted, but not too tight. Ballet slippers ideally fit like a pair of socks. There shouldn’t be extra fabric around the foot. If your child is growing quickly it is understandable to buy a half size larger so that you aren’t buying new shoes every four months, but make sure they don’t look like clown shoes!
- Do write your child’s name in their shoes. There are a lot of dance shoes that look alike.
- If the elastics aren’t pre-sewn onto the slipper, do make sure the elastics are far enough back that they will hold the heel of the shoe. It is incredibly hard to dance when your shoes keep falling off!
- Do tie a knot (those bows always come out) in the drawstring without pulling on it tight around the foot.
- Do cut the drawstring so that there are only half inch tails. No tying and retying. These shoes should be able to easy slip on and off before and after every class.
- Do tuck the drawstring into the shoe. Hide those tails so that you have a clean looking shoe!
Now, the ‘donts’…
- Don’t pull on that elastic drawstring! When you pull on the elastic drawstring it tightens the elastic all the way around the foot and can put pressure on the Achilles tendon. This can cut off circulation to the foot and cause a lot of discomfort and pain for your little dancer.
- Don’t tie the draw string in a bow. Those drawstrings are notorious for coming undone in the middle of class. Many young ones don’t know how to tie it back and if they do, they end up taking a lot of time to do so. The teacher will often end up having to stop class to retie it or knot and cut it. This can be time consuming when you’ve got 12 kids in class!
- Don’t let your child’s shoes get too small. I know things can get really busy for moms. I’m a mom who works full time to run a business, believe me, I know! But a child wearing shoes that are too small can really injure their feet in the long run. Make sure to take the time to purchase some new shoes as soon as your child says they are feeling tight!
- Don’t let your child wear ballet slippers (or any dance shoes that she is wearing in the studio) outside. It’s important to keep those shoes clean and you want them to last as long as possible.
If you have any other questions about your dancer’s shoes you should speak with your child’s teacher. They know that not everyone has worn ballet slippers and they are always there to help!