Regular readers will know my daughter is a little dancer.
Dancers need lots of equipment – leotards mainly. And shoes. Lots and lots of shoes.
My daughter has ballet shoes, tap shoes and character shoes, plus trainers for street dance. Dance shoes need to fit snugly, so usually come in half sizes. You can’t buy a bigger size and hope for the best – they really do need to fit. Which means a growing 9 year old seems to be forever in need of some sort of new dance shoes!
This year my daughter is in the chorus of a professional panto and rehearsals are well underway. For the panto, she needs the one type of dance shoes she doesn’t have – jazz shoes! So it was very timely that Dance Depot got in touch to ask if we would like to try out some jazz shoes.
My daughter has loved rehearsing for her panto and can’t wait for opening night. It has been a learning curve for both of us. I’m lucky that she doesn’t suffer at all with nerves, in fact she doesn’t understand why anyone would be nervous, but we’ve learned a few things on the way:
- A panto is a big commitment – make sure you have the time to spare and your daughter can attend every single rehearsal and performance
- You will have to make sacrifices – you will have to let some of your Christmas traditions go to make space for the panto
- Make sure your daughter has enough to eat and drink to see her through long rehearsals and performances
- Make sure your daughter is getting enough sleep when she can
- Make sure your daughter keeps up with schoolwork – she can do it while she’s waiting around at rehearsals!
Dance Depot very kindly sent us black jazz shoes in both lace-up and slip-on versions for the panto, so my daughter could decide which she preferred.
She likes the lace-ups best, partly because that is what the majority of the girls in the panto are wearing, but also because she finds them easier to dance. The lace-ups have a continuous sole, whereas the elasticated jazz shoes have a split sole. What you choose is all a matter of personal taste. I know a lot of adults who favour elasticated jazz shoes. The slip-ons are also good for younger children as it means classes aren’t forever being interrupted by teachers needing to tie laces!
My daughter is a size 3, but the sizes come up quite small, so she has a size 4 in the lace-up jazz shoes.
Dance Depot also sent us a lovely new pair of character shoes for ballet classes – just in time as my daughter had outgrown her previous pair! These are smart and comfortable (although the sizes on these come up rather large) and my daughter is very pleased with them.
Dance Depot stocks pretty much anything a dancer could need – whether they’re a 3 year old taking their first ballet class, a professional dancer or a 9 year old taking part in her first pantomime! They have a really big range and our shoes came very quickly. I will definitely be checking out Dance Depot again in future.
We were sent two pairs of jazz shoes and a pair of character shoes by Dance Depot for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.