"I have remained a Footlights customer for [over] twenty years now. I highly recommend Footlights to anyone looking for the right pointe shoe, rather you're just beginning or dancing at an advanced level."

Maggie K. (Bald Ballerina)

"Great products and service as usual! We never shop anymore elsewhere for our daughter's dance wear."


"Great service and we were done quickly!"

Leena A.

"Perfect store for both casual and serious dancer[s]. Outstanding customer service! The staff at Footlights is absolutely amazing and always goes the extra mile to make sure my dancer has what she needs."

Jen W.ย 

"My daughter and I love [F]ootlights. They have a great selection of shoes, tights, leotards and more."

Cheri B.

"Amazing selection, experienced and helpful staff, just an overall great experience."

Olivia R.

"Customer service was great. The lady who assisted us was patient and took the time to help us find the right shoe fit for my daughter."

Tamara W.

"Amazing little dance store! Super friendly and helpful consultants! Ethan got his first par of "adult" tap shoes and is over the moon excited! Thanks Footlights for a great experience! Well worth the drive!!!"

Laura H.ย 

"They are very knowledgeable and great customer service!"

Beth B.

"Staff was knowledgeable, and friendly, plus the service was fast."

Lance R.

"Knowledgeable staff helped put my teenage son at ease while researching and buying his first pair of dance shoes. Thanks, ladies! He says now he feels like a better dancer because the shoes work so well on the dance floor. He said he feels good, so he stands up more straight."

Tracey P.

"My daughter loves the dance shoes she said there was a notable difference from her other shoes. Most importantly the service received was excellent. The salesperson (cannot remember her name) was personable and patient. We were not rushed and she even gave us little tips."

Mary M.

"One stop shop as far as I'm concerned. The ladies that were there were super helpful! Big store tons of dance necessities."

Caitlin O.

"Footlights has an amazing inventory of dance products! So many beautiful leotards and dance accessories! have been going to Footlights for years and I am always impressed. Their employees are amazing, so knowledgeable and always helpful. They also do the best pointe shoe fittings in the region!"

Amanda C.

"Excellent customer service. Staff was very helpful."

Viola S.

"Everything you need to dance with great customer service."

Jennifer D.

"Came in during a busy time of the year not really knowing what I needed and the ladies who work there were very kind and helpful. I really appreciated the effort."


"I had an appointment at Alexandria location. The service with the gentleman was excellent!!!! Thank you so much!"

Olga R.

"My daughter is happy with her new pointe shoes, she feels comfortable with it. The attention is very good, very kind and cordial, it took us less than expected! For me it is an excellent store!"

Alba Z.

"The service was exceptional. The store has lots of inventory with very good quality. I highly recommend it."

Ruth C.

"Great service from extremely knowledgeable employees!!"

Shannon M.

"I love these shoes! They are very supportive and exactly what I was looking for. The fitting experience was amazing and my fitter was very thoughtful with her suggestions. I will defiantly be coming to Footlights for my future fittings!"

Noe C.

"Super customer service and personable staff. Even though the pandemic and reduced hours, they've been reliable, helpful and friendly. Love this local shop!"

Nicole H.

"So helpful and patient!"

Heather M.

"The absolute best place for pointe shoes!"

Anne B.

"My nervous three year old walked out of the store excited and confident for his new tap and ballet shoes. Thanks so much!"

Louis C.

""Love this store! Great selection of dance wear."

Kimberly P.

"Just visited for the first time and loved it! Everyone was so nice, helpful and patient! See this lovely boutique for your dancewear and dance shoe needs! Support local business!

Emily C.

"Great service, good shoe selection - and they'll order what they don't have in. We're delighted to have them in town; they're an easy walk from the Metro and across the street from public parking. The staff are knowledgeable, patient, and generally *epically* helpful...which is vital for dance shoe fittings, which are finicky and lengthy. Also have a good selection of dance clothing and accoutrements."

Monica T.

"Great service and the staff know what they're doing!!! Love going there because they educate you while they're outfitting the dancer."

Adalynne L.

"They have a huge selection of dance apparel!!"

Casey L.

"Nice staff and good supply of products." - Deanna W.

Deanna W.

"Footlights is our go-to place for dance supplies! The staff knows their product and work with you to find the best products to fit you. The staff also remember you when you come in!! Their selection is top-notch for all styles and dance, and their dance apparel is always updated with the latest styles. They truly love what they do, and it shows! We are repeat customers!"

Lisa A.

"Always helpful and usually has what we need or can get it quickly."

Doris J.

"We received excellent customer service. I must have tried on at least six pairs of dance shoes and the salesperson was more than willing to get more shoes until I found exactly what I wanted. I will definitely go back when I want more dance shoes."

Kate D.

"I had an amazing experience today at [F]ootlights. I took my two year old to find her first leotard and the staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. She knew exactly what size my daughter needed and helped me find the perfect leotard. When they didn't have her size tights they ordered them for me and called me later the same day to say they were ready! Will definitely be using [F]ootlights for all my daugher[']s needs in the future."

Doug S.

"Every dancer is threated special here."

Tashia A.

"Love this place, nice and friendly employees."

Regina R.

"The staff is very friendly. They are doing a great job keeping everyone safe during these harsh times. When I was buying pointe shoes, I arrived late and they still welcomed me in as if nothing happened, assuring me I was fine."

Iryne J.

"My daughter was looking for a possibe change in pointe shoes. The salesperson took her time to make sure she got exactly what she needed. The store felt safe and comfortable for us. I appreciate the time, effort and precautions that were taken."

Lori F.

"The employees there were very helpful and nice. The prices there are very reasonable as well."

Andrea C.

"Footlights is more than an hours drive for us, but so worth it. Not only do they have a huge selection, they have wonderfully helpful, patient staff who give you their all."

Stacey S.

"Glad to have this great place available for daughter's dance needs. Staff is always the best."


"Footlights has great staff. It has dance shoes and leotards for all ages. If your child is going en pointe for the first time I recommend you go here. The staff are professionally trained to fit you in pointe shoes."

Arianna P.

"Excellent service!"

Valeria P.

"Great job at fitting pointe shoes. The line is often long but they are worth the wait. Now that my daughter's foot is not changing we phone in an order & have it shipped. Thanks for the great service."

Jennifer F.

"Great customer service and knowledge on every product."

Briana F.

"Our pointe shoe fitter was absolutely amazing!!!!"

Darcy A.

"Best around! Great fittings, very friendly. I highly recommend."

Kerry W.

"We have had the best experiences at Footlights. Don't let the small store front deceive you; it's a treasure trove for local dancers and their parents. The all-important pointe shoe fittings are alone worth the trip. Gigi and Joe are ever so patient, kind, and helpful. On both slow and busy days, you never feel rushed and you walk out knowing you've tried many shoes and walked out with the perfect ones. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!"

Cora M.

"Thank you Footlights Dance & Theatre Boutique for always taking such great care of our dancers' feet!"

Ashburn Academy of Dance

"As a dad with no knowledge of ballet, the Footlights staff made shopping for my daughter's uniform a much less stressful experience. They were friendly, very knowledgeable and patient with my questions."

Rocky G.

"Knowledgeable service and they were so kind. Shoes are exactly what my daughter needed."

Keri S.

"Wonderful, helpful staff!"

Leanne C.

"Recently came to the area from Massachusetts for my daughter's college audition - and forgot her leotard! The staff at Footlights was so helpful and kind. Got a great deal and my daughter was accepted to the college program! We're sure the leotard was the lucky charm! Thanks, Footlights!"

Joan C.

"Never in my 47 years have I experienced a store going to these lengths to support a customer before store hours. My heart is filled to know there are, not only good people in the world but good companies that still care about people more than money!!!"

Emily L.

"Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable."

Teresa V.

"The service was amazing and the prices were fair! Yes, there is a wait but that is only because Ja[z]mine is doing such a thorough job helping properly fit students for pointe shoes. My daughter actually texted me from dance today to tell me how much she loves her new pointe shoes. Thank you!"

Bonnie M.

"The staff are so kind and the store is clean and organized. They always have what we needed in stock."

Beth S.

"Stephanie was amazing with my daughter. She asked her to advocate for herself and took the time to ensure a perfect pointe shoe fit. My daughter is so excited to keep training and we will always buy all our shoes from Footlights. The service is excellent."

Samantha P.

"It's a huge store with stuff for kids and adults. They always fit my kids shoes perfectly and have tons of styles and types to choose from."

Katie K.

"Footlights always has everything I need!"

Kimberly T. (@redheadballerina)

"Wonderful customer service and expertise in fitting our daughter for her first pointe shoes!"

Jan C.

"Staff is friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Ballet shoes for toddlers at very reasonable price that is high quality."

Cindy P.

"Awesome and efficient service!"

Sylvia L.

"Fantastic service! Friendly and attentive."

Audrey S.

"Thank you for great [pointe] shoe fitting for Layla. It was the most through and thoughtful fitting for any of my girls in all the years. She is wearing them as we speak."

Janine R.

"I love this place. My daughter had her first fitting for pointe shoes. The people there were so helpful. I highly recommend this place for a ballet dancer."

Abena T.

"I went in not knowing much and the young lady was amazingly helpful and got me just what I needed."


"Great crew, great help and a great selection. Excellent location."


"Great customer service. Knowledgeable and polite staff."

Michelle S.

"Easily the best dance shop in the area. The folks working are very knowledgeable AND they remember customers. Kind of an old time customer service vibe."

Thea A.

"Quick service, patience with my daughter on her first fitting for pointe shoes."

Kathy S.

"The appointment was wonderful, efficient and really a positive experience!"

Kathleen L.

"The staff was amazing, so pleasant and kind to my daughter. It was a great first experience and we will be back."

Amber S.

"Excellent service!"

Tiffany P.

"Thank you so much for the wonderful experience. [My daughter] is over the moon with the fit of her [pointe] shoes, and your skilled ear that led her to them. We've never had such a good experience."

Christine S.

"Friendly staff and quality items."

Jason P.

"My experience at Footlights (Silver Spring, MD) was amazing! Molly was personable, professional and polite from start to finish. I was able to make an appointment with ease. During my first visit, I had 4 fittings. Due to the outstanding customer service received during my first visit, I contacted the store to schedule fittings for 10 girls who attend The Davis Center. Each of the 10 appointments were completed efficiently with 100% satisfaction. I will be a returning customer at Footlights."

Mekisa Stinson

"Nice store. Everyone is always friendly and polite when I come here. They have always had either exactly what I wanted or a good alternative here. Service is usually pretty fast unless it's a little packed. Everything is well organized and tidy. The employees have always been very helpful."

Luca M.

"Had a great experience with both gals. Knowledgeable and very kind in the store! Came in for a pointe fitting and leotards and we are very happy to say we walked out with a perfectly fitting pair of shoes for a first time pointe dancer!"

Jody M.

"Extremely friendly & helpful staff. They're taking very appropriate precautions during this time without sacrificing customer service."

Kate N.

"I was so glad when Footlights opened up so close to the ballet studio where my daughters were attending at the time. No more calling around trying to find things, no more going to multiple places or trying to order on line. The store has wisely used this space and filled it, very neatly and beautifully with all things dance related. I can't think of one thing that they don't carry. Really. The staff is always nice and helpful and are really great at pointe shoe fittings and will sew your elastics and ribbons on (for a fee) if you aren't experienced at sewing or you just don't feel like it...If they don't have an item available they can quickly have it sent over from their Frederick store and often run a promotion around recital/performance season(s). My girls would spend thousands in this store if I let them (or if I had it and spoiled them rotten). They have all sizes from the littlest ones into adult sizes. It is truly a gem of the neighborhood and in a convenient location. Just park across the street and cross in the crosswalk like orderly law abiding citizens and you'll find yourself in dance supply heaven. They are training in D.C. now but we still head over to Footlights for all our needs. Support this business because they deserve it and I hope your experience is as good as mine always is."

Angela A.

"I just visited Footlights for the first time today and had an excellent experience. I was greeted when I came in and was promptly asked if I needed help finding anything. I said I needed tights and the woman working there helped me figure out what color would be best for my skin tone. She also pointed me to the other adult-sized items in the store. I will be returning in the future if I need other dance items."

Samantha M.

"Excellent and fully stocked. Found exactly everything we needed."

Sara P.

"Enjoyed watching my daughter get professionally fitted for pointe shoes. Great store, well stocked, numerous selections of leotards and dance apparel. Friendly and knowledgeable staff."

Ella G.

"We enjoy our shopping trips to Footlights. The staff are usually very helpful, and my one daughter is very difficult to fit. They are NOT more expensive than shopping on line. Right now I need a pair of pointe shoes and they are $9 cheaper at Footlights than at Discount Dance, and, there's no shipping. I love the personal service and being able to 'try before I buy'....[W]hen wanting to support a local business, this one earns my money. Local businesses provide jobs and pay taxes in our community. Plus, when you're on your way to a performance and realize you need tights - no one is going to be able to get them shipped to you that moment. By supporting a local store we ensure there IS a local store to support us when we are in a bind."

Nancy M.

"Loved it, friendly, fast and knowledgeable service. We traveled from Camp Spring Maryland to Springfield in search of Ballet and Tap shoes, I was uncomfortable ordering offline because of sizing differences. We were greeted immediately upon entering the store. The store employee allowed us to try on various version of tap and ballet shoes until we had a comfortable fit. Will return soon for all dance and ballet needs."

Brittany M.

"It gives me great pleasure to write this review ! I've always had wonderful service at Footlights in Alexandria (Kingstowne/Landsdowne). They have always made me feel as though I was the only customer in the store with swift response to our needs. Tonight just when I thought I would be buying brand new ballet shoes simply to t dye them put one sporadic use . ..they enlightened me about a service they offer to restring ballet shoes. I had an old pair that I had washed and the strings disappeared. I paid for the elastic and it took about 7 to 10 minutes to install. I had new strings in old shoes. #winning . "

Stephanie M.

"Great store. Outstanding service. After 5 trips to 2 stores for a total of 8 hours of fittings for pointe shoes, Joe at Footlights got it right. My daughter has two different size feet, making the fitting process long and laborious. He was so patient and tenacious, going through what seemed to be every variation of brands and sizes, widths, shank strength--and seemed to really enjoy the challenge. He was the first to get her a shoe that the teacher did not reject. Everyone in the store was super professional, nice; everyone seemed to get all the individual attention they needed even though the store was busy. Being able to sign your name when you first come in takes the guesswork out of when you will be seen. Thanks!!! We'll be back for sure."

Robin M.

"Thank you Footlights for making 5 girls getting their first prepointe shoes that they were all that mattered that morning. There was 3 people waiting on the group and they were wonderful in explaining things to us newbies."

Joan G.

"Excellent experience for pointe shoe fitting. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and we're very friendly. I'd highly recommend Footlights!"

Becky T.

"Footlights was well worth the drive! Friendly informative staff, clean and organized store, great products!"

Michelle T.

"Friendly staff, helpful service, nice ambience. We got what we needed right away and stayed a little while to browse just for fun."

Alicia N.

"Can't say enough about the staff at Footlights, I will never shop anywhere else for my daughters dance wear !!"

Eileen R.

"Molly spent a lot of time with my daughter, making sure she got the right point[e] shoe for her feet. Thank you so much, Molly! You have gained a loyal customer!"

Lisa H.

"I found the perfect gift for my daughters here! And the staff is amazing! Thank you!"

Katie B.

"Came from PA and was very happy with the [knowledgeable] service provided and my daughter found new pointe shoes! Thanks for all the help!"

Angie L.

" I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this boutique!!! They offer personalized appointments, fittings and other services. This is my go-to boutique for all my daughter's Dance performance and practice needs. Their customer service is unparalleled and I appreciate the time they take with my daughter each time we go!! You ROCK Ladies!!!!!!"

DePriest R.

"My daughter's experience was awesome! The attendant was very patient, knowledgeable and professional."

Gillian R.

โ€œJazmine is incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and patient. She understands the need for the best fit in pointe shoes and doesnโ€™t stop until the dancer is completely satisfied. She is a treasure!โ€

Lucia C.

"The staff at the store was AMAZING! I would highly recommend a pointe shoe fitting at this store, especially if it's for a first pair of shoes. The staff was very thoughtful and detailed in how the fitting was done. They helped my daughter find the right pair of pointe shoes."

Claire B.

"The young lady who did our fitting was amazing! My daughter is new to the dance world and she made my daughter feel so welcome. She was so knowledgeable and we left feeling excited for her new adventure and with a lot of valuable information. And she gave us all of this personal service while basically running the whole store by herself. Cool u set pressure and pleasant even when people were impatient."

Jinessa M.

""Thank you for the wonderful service!! We appreciate it!"

Amalia A.

"I usually donโ€™t write reviews, but the staff were exceptionally kind and helpful."

Maria R.

"Everyone is very nice and accommodating to us and the girls at our studio. We appreciate the time that they take to make sure their shoes are just right!" - Kim B.

Kim B.

"Staff is wonderful. She fitted my daughter for her first pointe shoe. Took time to ask questions to aid in finding best fit, and explained process. Found perfect fit. Pleasant and friendly staff made this and previous shopping for shoes and accessories enjoyable. Weโ€™ll be back. And appreciate the convenient location."

Rebecca K.

โ€We had been going to the Alexandria Footlights until it closed, so this was the first time at the Silver Spring store. Stephanie and Jasmine were very welcoming, patient, and super knowledgeable with the pointe shoe fitting for my daughter, and all the staff took extra care with the safety and sanitation protocol. There are good reasons brick and mortar local shops like this one will always be better than online stores. Highly recommend!โ€

Tina J.

"Everyone was extremely courteous and helpful. The sales person was knowledgeable and suggested pointe shoes I had never tried and they worked perfectly. Thank you for the enhanced safety precautions such as wiping down the benches between customers and providing hand sanitizer at entrance. Excellent experience!"


"Placed my order over the phone to [be] shipped to the studio. Fast, easy and very helpful. Thank you!"

Lena G.

"Wonderful customer service! The store associates were very knowledgeable and helpful in determining the right shoe for my daughter."

Caleb Y.

"Wonderful experience and very helpful staff. The quality of their merchandise is top notch. Iโ€™ll definitely be coming back to buy all my daughterโ€™s dance clothes."

Michelle N.

"The staff is knowledgeable, patient and engaging! Wide variety of items."

Riyan W.

"I had the BEST customer service experience. The male worker in the store made my daughter and I feel like the only people in the store and gave us all his attention. The other customers had other workers. He was super polite, well informed about his products and made our experience east. We purchased my daughters dance uniforms, tights, slippers and warm up booties. [To Joe], I say "thank you".

Kim C.

"I love this store i will definitely be coming back it was a last minute decision but i was treated with care and i love the discounts as well."

Faith A.

"Very helpful, knowledgeable, and courteous staff. Would definitely recommend for first time and experienced dancers."

Teresa W.

"This is my granddaughters first pair of Pointe Shoes. The fitting, professionalism and time it took to properly fit her flat feet was amazing. Your attendant was well skilled and knowledgeable."

Patricia L.

"This was are first time coming to the boutique. We were so impressed with the service of your workers. We will definitely be making a trip back for tutus, tights, and more."

Lacey E.

"We had a great visit to Footlights this afternoon. We were completely taken care of and spectacularly fitted for all of my daughterโ€™s ballet items she needed (leotards, ballet slippers, skirt, and tights). Everyone was so knowledgeable and friendly! Thank you very much!!!"

Alicia W.

"We had a wonderful experience. Everyone who helped us couldnโ€™t have be nicer, especially to my 4 year old daughter who is very excited about her first dance class. Thank you!"

Maggie M.

"The entire staff, not just the person working with me, were absolutely lovely. I got multiple friendly compliments and adored every moment I spent in there. I'm definitely only getting my pointe shoes from here now!!"

Charlie B.

"Stephanie was amazing and so very patient with my granddaughter, Maya, to make sure she was comfortable with her FIRST pair of ballet shoes!"


"We love Footlights. Weโ€™ve been going there for years now and appreciate all their great care and attention. We recently purchased our first pair of point shoes. The patience and knowledge was exemplary. Thank you!"

Kim M.

"We always shop from here, this is my daughterโ€™s favorite store, she can find everything she need for her ballet, associate are very helpful very kind. Thank you , we also went there today and bought pointe shoes for her nutcracker show. Highly recommend, definitely will come again."

Halinu A.

"Joe was super helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly! Grateful for his help today!"

Cindy M.

"Stephanie was beyond Amazing. I was in desperate pursuit of new pointe shoes for my daughter, & she needed a full fitting and Stephanie swooped in like Super Girl and not only took us in but was super informative and took her time to go through all 7 shoes she had my daughter try. This was customer service at it's best. You Rock Steph!"

"Convenient and professional. If youโ€™re serious about quality dance wear, this is the place."

Nadia T.

"I havenโ€™t received the shoes yet but I have to take a moment to sing the praises of the staff, especially Kim. There were some issues with inventory and placing an order and Kimโ€™s response and compassion more than made up for the hiccups. Because of the staff, I am going to have one surprised and happy tapper and it is totally because of Kim!! I will be a return customer for my future dance needs. Thank you โค๏ธ"

Alisa R.

"Excellent attention! And they really know what they are doing. Super professional and kind. Perfect for the special moment of getting your first pointe shoes."

Maria M.

"We love footlights! The service and expertise is excellent! It is the only place we go for all of our dancing needs!"

Stephanie A.

"The shoes are a good fit and our experience was positive on a very busy day in the store. Thanks very much!"

Anita P.

"We live on the West Coast, but our order arrived quickly. I appreciate being able to find items my dancers need in her preferred skin tone color. Thank you!"

Sonya P.

"Excellent communication. Arrived promptly! And mystery leotards were fun for my girl."

Melissa A.

"This was my first fitting in a long time! Alex was fantastic helping me the right pair of shoes and they feel amazing. Thank you Footlights!"

Chiara P.

"Kim was so helpful, kind and knowledgeable! Lots of inventory too! The store is beautiful! We will be back! Worth the 1 hour drive to get there!"

Traci T.

"Thank you so much for all your help getting my daughters fitted for pointe shoes! Your staff is wonderful and worth the drive to Frederick!"

Samantha N.

"The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about helping me find the pointe shoes that fit me best"

Ella G.

"The lady checking us out was so great! We came from PA and 20 minutes before the shop closed. She was so patient and waited until we looked and got what we needed for dance. Thank you and the shoes are great!"

Lacey E.

"Footlights has been my go to dance shop for almost 20 years. They always have the best inventory and service!"

Danielle T.

"Great experience. Everyone has such patience. Theyโ€™re not pushy, and give genuine recommendations."

Ashely A.

"Love the shoes. They are attractive and comfortable and offer good support and a nicely cushioned insole. And the attentive, caring service made the entire shopping experience a pleasure!"

Robin B.

"Alex was awesome! Very helpful, attentive, informative and friendly. Thank you Alex for going above and beyond and checking the just delivered inventory for the product I needed. Low and behold my item was in the new inventory and I was able to purchase it :-)"

Ifeanyi D.

"It was apparent the associate is knowledgeable and loves what she does. We found one pair of pointe shoes that worked but could tell she was thinking there was better pair for my daughter. Sure enough - it was the better pair!"

Erin B.

"The only store Iโ€™ve found anywhere that carries the tonal range in 0X width. And it only took a couple weeks to arrive during the holidays. SO happy with my purchase! Thank you!"

Jade T.

"Kim was wonderful and we LOVE Footlights!!! The leo is very nice!"

Jenny L.