Old Dance Costumes? What do you do?

Being a dancer means new dance costumes show after show, year after year. Now, you’ve acquired all of these amazing and beautiful dance costumes, what do you do with them all?

You’ve got several options:

  1. Keep them! Every single one!

    • They are memories

    • Share for dress up with younger siblings or cousins

    • Halloween Dress up!

  2. Donate

    • Check with your local schools, small theatre groups, pre-school programs, and other dance and drama groups.

  3. Sell Them

    • You may be able to sell them for halloween costumes, other dance performances, dress up clothes

  4. Create a Memory Quilt

    • Are you crafty? Don’t have the space to house all of the costumes? A memory quilt of the most important and identifying pieces of the costume is a fine idea!

How to Clean Ballet Slippers and Pointe Shoes

Ballet shoes can be the hardest dance shoes to clean when they are dirty or stained. The typically light pink shows wear and dirty spots very quickly. Because ballet slippers and pointe shoes are delicate, have fabric that can’t be washed, or water will compromise the integrity of the shoe, follow the below steps to clean your shoes.

  • Leather Ballet Slippers

    • Many times simply wiping the ballet slipper with a damp cloth can help take some of the easier dust and dirt off. But, if your studio has tap dance in the same space as ballet, you’re bound to have some tap dust on your ballet shoes in no time. A drop of mild detergent on the shoes and then wiped off with a dry towel of cloth or toothbrush may help. You could also try leather cleaner however, make sure you have a leather conditioner to keep the shoe supple.

    • DO NOT clean leather ballet slippers in the washing machine. If they are beyond a simple spot cleaning, you may hand wash leather ballet slippers but be sure to wear them while they are damp so that they continue to hold the shape of your foot.

    • NOTE: Water can make leather brittle so be sure to wash them rarely.

  • Canvas Ballet Slippers

    • Canvas ballet slippers can be washed in the machine in a gentle cycle in a wash bag with a gentle detergent. Washing canvas shoes like this will be removed much of the dirt and grime however, don’t expect the color to be restored well. If you’re washing before a performance, a matching color of foundation makeup can be helpful in masking the faded color.

  • Pointe Shoes

    • It’s rare to thoroughly clean a pointe shoes because you should never get your pointe shoes wet. Water is a pointe shoe’s kryptonite. Also, because of the generally short lifespan of a pointe shoe, cleaning is not necessary. Using pointe shoe covers can keep your shoes cleaner for longer and can be found at many dance shops or online. Most dancers choose to hide stains on their pointe shoes by using a concealer or calamine lotion. 

    • If you do have a few stains that need to be scrubbed off, there is one pretty good way to help. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste, using a toothbrush, rub the baking soda into the stained spot on the pointe shoe and let dry overnight. This is not a solution for an entire shoe as the moisture from the paste may change the composition and fit of the shoe. The next day take a damp (not wet) cloth to clean away the baking soda paste. Please know that this will dull the satin but should help clean some of the stains.

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A Creative Approach
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Creativity isn’t just a gift that a chosen few possess. Every person is creative in their own unique way, and one of the greatest ways to enhance this unborn creativity is through dance. A good dance class is a safe place to free one’s body and soul; a place to express the you that is hidden inside. At Spotlight, our intention is to let every student shine.A year long class is not a venue for the teacher to show off their own prowess; that can often engender a “ I will never be able to do that feeling”. A continuing class is a place for our dancers to explore their strengths and weaknesses; creatively using their own unique body to express their own truth. And by working every week, a foundation can be formed. We are all creative , simply because we are all unique. At Spotlight we hope to inform week to week, month to month, beautiful dancers and beautiful people.

Written By: Liz Moore

Why Choose Spotlight Vermont?
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We live in a world with an abundance of choices; convenience at our fingertips. And like the world we live in, all these choices can be overwhelming. So often, our choices are determined by these two common denominators: convenience and cost. We at Spotlight would like you to dig deeper.

Spotlight is an all inclusive, socially conscious, joyful studio that is based on fair business practices. Teachers are paid well, have artistic freedom, and given credit for their work. We believe dance is for everyone; our student body is diverse. Any dancer age three ( potty trained ) and up is welcome here. There is no right or wrong body type, no belief that all brains think and learn alike; toddlers through the golden years thrive here. Dancers with physical challenges can receive private instruction and still have their moment in the recital.

Our teachers don’t have a set idea of what dance is, we study our students and then tailor the class to the individuals in that class. Teachers forge relationships with both students and parents. We want to know who is celebrating a victory, or going through a tough time; and teach accordingly. Spotlight teachers know that dance can ease a tough time and will illuminate the wonderful ones.

Students at spotlight enjoy small teacher to student ratios; larger classes have student assistants ready for one on one help. Dancers at Spotlight are celebrated individuals. We love to hear about our dancers lives, because really, dance is life in its most beautiful form, and that is what Spotlight will give you.

Written By: Liz Moore