Why do I need to come to the store for a fitting?
The shoes and brands we carry are made in many different countries. Thus, sizing is NEVER uniform between styles, brands, genre. Literally one size foot could wear 4-6 sizes in different shoes in the dance world.
We can give you a roundabout guess by equating a specific shoe to your U.S. street shoe size, but the best way to get that perfect fit (the fit you want as a dancer) is to come in-store for a professional fitting. Our fitters are trained to give you the fit YOU want. Some dancers and/or teachers prefer extremely tight fits, snug fits, some looser.
Pointe shoes can never be fit with “growing” room. Fitting pointe shoes with “growing room” is detrimental to bone structure and the overall health of the dancer.
If you prefer to purchase your shoes elsewhere but would like a fitting by our extremely qualified fitters, Footlights is happy to do that with a $15.00 fitting fee. If you later choose to buy those shoes, the fee will be deducted from your purchase. As always, if you are purchasing shoes at the time of your fitting the fee is waived as complimentary.
Can you recommend a dance studio?
Footlights services over 300 studios and their students! All of these folks are our customers and all have something different and unique to offer. It would not be professional nor advisable for us to “recommend” studios. We can always tell you what is in your area, but here are some questions to help with your decision:
- Are you looking for somewhere fun and recreational, or are you looking for something more structured and even a possible career or education in the dance world?
- Is the studio within commuting distance so as to make traveling a chore, or are there friends to carpool with?
- Can you do a “drop-in class” or at least a class observation at the studio to get a better feel of the studio environment?
- Are you interested in the competition circuit?
- Do you prefer classical training as opposed to contemporary training?
- Do you want a particular genre, or would like to learn across all genres?