There would be hard to find a "dance" mom who wouldn't know how fast leotards, tights, and slippers can add up. Keeping your little ballerinas dressed and stage-ready is not cheap. You can buy dance gear and clothing at local studios, but they add quite steep mark-up on the merchandise. It can reach 30-40% and thus make no financial sense. Some other supplies, like hair spray, pins, and hair decorations might seem inexpensive, but you have to replace them constantly.
Just thinking about all the money the beauty of a tiny dancer requires can make you dizzy. But don't worry; we'll take a look at some ways to save money without sacrificing the happiness and cuteness of your ballerina.
1. Shop online
Most dance studios don't have a strict dress code, so you can improvise as long as you adhere to basic guidelines. For example, you can choose any leotards you want if you get them in the required color. Shop at Discount Dancewear Supply or Dancewear Solutions and you will be amazed that you can find famous brands like Capezio, Bloch, and Leo very cheap.
2. Used clothing swap box
This idea has been tried at many various studios and it really works! You can talk with the studio director about hanging a box in the lobby where parents can place outgrown but still in good shape ballerina clothing and swap with each other. A flat $5 fee can be established every time you take something out. The proceeds can go towards business expenses, operating costs, scholarship funds, and many other needs. Such option could often be life-saver when you come to dance and realize you have forgotten the slippers at home.
3. Hang dry
This tip is very important, because we lose so many thighs and leotards due to dryers. To avoid the loss of life, dry your ballerina's outfits anywhere but the dryer. This will make the clothes look newer longer and prevent those little fuzz balls that make everything look worn-out from forming.
4. Payless Shoes
Not many parents know that Payless Shoes have their own brand of ballet slippers. They are great quality, endorsed by an American Ballet Theater, and best of all – cost only $18 per pair. If you happen to shop during one of their "buy one, get one ½ off" sale, you can definitely come out on top. These slippers have elastics sown in, so they will grow with your child's foot for a bit.
5. Register and +UP rewards
If you will be smart about planning, you can save a ton of money on all hair needs, like sprays, pins, and nets. Try Scunci brand and you will be amazed how well it works and how much cheaper they are than the likes of Goody. They are around $3 each and definitely worth saving all the handy slips of paper.
6. AquaNet hair spray
This spray could've been very handy back in the '80s because it sure works. It is ranked just one grade lower than cement and can produce such bun that no dancing will ever get it loose. It is also cheap. And it also makes perfect Nutcracker curls to last at least a day or even longer, so happy dancing!