Public registration is now open for fall--pass it on! For those who have already registered, read on for some resources for purchasing dance attire plus our regular monthly newsletter content.
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WHERE TO BUY SHOES AND CLOTHES
Every year around this time we forward you some basic information about shopping for dance attire in San Francisco so you can get prepared for the start of the fall semester on September 5th. If you're curious about our casual and supportive dress code, you can read it at the bottom of our tuition and policies page.
If you are buying new shoes, please buy black tap shoes and pink ballet shoes for girls and black dance shoes for boys. For teens, please buy black tap and jazz shoes, pink or nude ballet shoes, and nude character shoes (if needed). If you already have shoes or find some second hand, any color is fine!
We do have some tap and ballet shoes in the shoe bin for you to use on a first come, first served basis. If you find a pair that fits, feel free to take it. If you've outgrown an old pair, we'd love your old shoes back so that another student might benefit from them.
- Discount Dance for flat-rate shipping for shoes and other dance needs
- Payless on Mission at 22nd (ballet or jazz shoes)
- Chloe's Closet in Bernal (second-hand dance shoes)
- San Francisco Dance Wear on Mission at 3rd (a bit pricer but they have everything)
- Discount Dance also offers clothing
- Target has a dance section
- Sears also offers dance and active wear
- eBay and craigslist are good sources for second-hand dance attire
MOVEMENT OF THE MONTH: AMI
The tail end of summer is the perfect time to try out a hula move (which also helps us with a hula hoop!). To ami, have your dancers bend their knees while rotating their hips right, back, left, and front for a full circle of hip rotation. This is not only a beautiful hula move, but also a great hip warm up before any style of dance. In traditional hula, dancers ami when facing forward but also when moving their bodies in a complete rotation, using one foot as a pivot and taking a step on the outside foot for each hip circle. Remember to balance by rotating the hips an equal number of times in each direction.
DANCE IN THE NEWS: AYODELE CASEL'S TAP DANCE ARTISTRY
Your whole family needs to see Casel's amazing tap sequence, part The New York Times' "Speaking In Dance" series.
QUICK TIP: LET YOUR CHILD BE CHOREOGRAPHER
Keep your child's interest in dance from waning over the break: let him make up a movement phrase and teach it to you.