Thursday, August 4, 2016

With Back to Dance soon approaching, it is important that we make sure our bodies are where they need to be. It is very easy in our industry to injure ourselves if we don’t properly care for ourselves. Some of us do not dance as much as others during the Summer months and some take it off all together. Whether you are a competitive dancer or a recreational dancer, you still need to make sure your muscles and body are ready for the new season. Below we have put together a list of exercises and tips to help you get ready for a solid year! 

It is important that you are drinking enough water throughout your day to keep your body and muscles hydrated. If you are experiencing charley horses more frequently, it is because your muscles are dehydrated and not getting enough blood flow. Start and end your day by massaging your legs, especially the calf muscles. This keeps your muscles fluid and loose and not tight like a belt. At Dancers Warehouse, we offer the Suffolk Foam Roller which is ideal for releasing tension, getting the knots out, and strengthening. For those who have continued their training throughout the Summer, the rolling action on your legs and back works wonders on sore and tired muscles.

Watch the video here on how to use this amazing piece of equipment:

Available in 2 different colors: Pink, Red. 

Similar to the foam Roller is the Suffolk Massage stick, also available at Dancers Warehouse. This tool is easy to pack, carry around with you, and use. Simply roll its hard, rotating beads on your muscles to release tension and loosen up the knots. It also acts as a great tool to work on balance.

Watch the video on how to properly use the Massage stick and learn some great balancing exercises.

If you are like us, we love our flip flops, especially in the Summertime! But that means our feet are flat and not getting the support they need. Our ankles hurt and are not as strong and stable as they once were. We need to get back to where we left off! One of the easiest exercises you can do is get a golf ball and start rolling your foot over it, pressing down hard on the areas that need the most working out. Another easy DIY is using a can of soup and rolling your foot back and forth working through your point. While you are in the kitchen, use the edge of a counter or the back of a chair and do calf raises. This is a great way to strengthen your ankles, work through your feet, and stretch your hamstrings. We recommend doing 15 reps in first and 15 in second position and then repeat 3 times. 

Start getting back into the routine of closing your rib cage, pulling up from your center and tucking your bottom. We have a few great tools that can help you work on your alignment in preparation for the new year. Check out the Chacott Training Sandal and Mingu Balance Block from Freed of London, and the Suffolk Balance Board.

Watch how to use the Suffolk Balance Board here:

There are several resources at your fingertips to help continue training outside the studio. Take advantage of youtube tutorials and blogs. It is important that you research the equipment, especially the ones listed above, before you jump right on them. You could get hurt if you do not know how to work them properly. Start out slow and increase your reps and frequency as you get more comfortable with the exercise. If you ever have any questions regarding your training or any of the equipment we offer, please reach out to Dancers Warehouse at 877-31 DANCE. We are always there to help!

Looking forward to a wonderful start to the new season and we wish everyone the best of luck!
-Your friends at Dancers Warehouse

Monday, May 9, 2016

Ballet slippers. Leather vs. Canvas. Split sole vs full sole. Single or cross elastics?  How do I know what we need? How do I know what works best? Once I buy them, then what? All these questions are normal. The best thing to do is to talk to your teacher first. Find out what style they prefer to have in class. Every studio is different and have their reasons why they like one vs the other.

Leather slippers can be more expensive and will last longer but dancers like the feel of the canvas ballet slippers better. It really is a difference of opinion. If you are really torn take the type of dance floor into consideration. Leather slippers work well with wooden floors and canvas slippers are better on vinyl. Again, the best thing to do is check in with your dance studio first.

There are two different types of soles, split sole vs full sole. The traditional ballet slipper has a full sole which is more structured and help the dancer really work the foot and ankle making it stronger. The full sole is a great prep for pointe since all pointe shoes are full soles. The split sole is newer to the dance world and allows the foot to have more functionality and freedom to move, flex and pointe. 

Some brands come with the elastics already sewn on the shoe. Others you have to do
yourself. Make sure you check with your studio prior to shopping or sewing. Depending
on the level of the dancer, you want to pull the straps closer to your heel to stay snug. It
is important that you feel secure when in your ballet slippers so you do not run the risk

of an injury.

Whatever you need, we can help. Dancers Warehouse carries a variety of brands with a wide variety to choose from.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Capezio just took the dance world to a new level. Introducing the Rebel Combat Boot. This new shoe has girl power written all over it! Pull up with poise, walk with an attitude, lift your head with confidence and hit the dance floor. The Rebel Combat Boot will take an average hip hop number and stylize it. We see this as a great accessory to any Beyonce, Rihanna, or Nikki Minaj song and dance.  The new shoe comes complete with a 2.5” heel and a 3/4” platform and lateral studs and grommets around the ankle for detailing.

ADULT SIZES: 4M, 5M, 6M, 7M, 8M, 9M, 10M, 11M

PRICE: $60.00


Thursday, February 25, 2016

It's time to go back to basics. The intricate, detailed leotard with the strappy back is always a popular choice but it is always important to have the basics. We are so lucky to offer Basic Moves dancewear at Dancers Warehouse. 

You never know when you will need the classic, long sleeve, black leotard or black tank, especially for a ballet class! The ballet world is very traditional with the classic dress code  of a black leotard and pink tights. It is important we as dancers follow, appreciate, and respect the rules of ballet as it is the foundation of dance. Below is a list of styles from Basic Moves that we recommend wearing to a ballet class from ages child to adult. Who wouldn't want to look the part of a prima ballerina?

Adult Cami Leotard with Shelf Bra
Colors Available: Black, White
Size: XS-XL

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Adult Basic Cotton Legging
Colors Available: Black
Size: S-XL

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Adult Long Sleeve Unitard
Colors Available: Black, Nude, White
Size: S-XL

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Child Wrap Sweater
Colors Available: Black, Pink
Size: T/S, S/M, M/L

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Child Wrap Long Sleeve Leotard
Colors Available: Black, Lavender, Pink, Purple, White, Red
Size: 2/3, 4/5, 6/7, 8/10, 12/14

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Child Wrap Short Sleeve Leotard
Colors Available: Black, Baby Blue, Lavender, Pink, White
Size: 2/3, 4/5, 6/7, 8/10, 12/14

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Loving Leos!


We love dressing up for the holidays, especially when that holiday is Valentine's Day! Because we love our customers, we picked out our top leotards for February fun. From kids to adults, Ainsliewear to Motion Wear, your favorite brands offer a variety of styles in beautiful jewel tone reds, vibrant pinks, and royal purples! Here is just a few to get you started...

Brand: Body Wrappers
Name: Glitter Swish Body
Color: Magenta
Sizes: XS-3X
Price: $40.00

  Brand: Ainsliewear
Name: Allegra
Color:Aubergine/Black, Black, Breeze/Coastal, Cranberry/Black, Magenta/Black, Navy/Black, Purple/Orchid (shown), Slate, Teal/Black, White
Sizes: P-XL
Price: $58.00

Brand: Motion Wear 
Name: Bowtie Back Halter
Color: Raspberry (shown), Shadow Grey, Black, Iris
Sizes: XS-XL
Price: $42.00

 Brand: Ainsliewear 
Name: Cap Sleeve Swirl
Color: Aubergine (shown), Black
Sizes: P-XL
Price: $69.00

Brand: Motion Wear 
Name: Double Ruffle Bandeau Leo
Color: Pink Delight, Pink, Grace Pink
Sizes: T-L
Price: $26.00

Brand: Bloch
Name: Heart Mesh Puff Sleeve
Color: Black, Candy Pink, Hot Pink (shown), Lilac, White
Sizes: 2-4, 4-6, 6x-7, 8-10, 12, 14
Price: $23.75

 Brand: Wear Moi 
Name: Cap Sleeve Leotard
Color: Black/Strawberry (shown), Black
Sizes: XS-L
Price: $61.25

Brand: Ainsliewear 
Name: Sabrina with Kara Lace
Color: Black/Coral (shown), Black/Periwinkle, Black/Seafoam
Sizes: P-XL
Price: $68.00

Brand: Ainsliewear
Name: Square Neck Tank Leotard
Color: Black, Chocolate, Cranberry (shown), Slate, Navy
Sizes: P-XL
Price: $23.75

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Eurotard Dancewear is an international brand that allows the dancer to express their individuality through style and fashion. Dancers feel more confident and important when they dress the part: appropriate dance apparel, hair in bun, warm-ups, and functional dance bag. Eurotard offers the dancer the opportunity to mix and match basics to always have a fun yet functional look in class. Whether you are allowed to wear color or just black, Eurotard has a variety of different styles to make you stand out!

Here are a few of our favorites:

The Micro Booty Short
Available in child and adult sizes

Child colors: black, eggplant, fuchsia, purple, 

turquoise, yellow

Adult colors: black, fuchsia, purple, royal, turquoise, white

The Child Wrap Sweater
A fan favorite during the winter months, especially on early Saturday mornings! Great for warm ups.

Available in child and adult sizes

Child colors: black, light blue, pink and white

Adult colors: black and white

Adult Pink Front 3/4 Sleeve Leotard
A classic, staple dance piece. This is a sharp look for any ballet class. Really shows of the dancers sternum, shoulders, and back muscles. A must have for ballerinas in training!

Available in adult sizes in black

Adult Microfiber Jazz Pants
These jazz pants are perfect for going to the studio and they will fit over your leggings. We don't highly recommend wearing them throughout class as teachers prefer to see the body which leads us to our next favorite...

Adult Capri Leggings
The capri legging is a solid choice for dancers of all ages. You can pair it with a colored crop top or tank and you are ready for jazz class!

The Adult Long Sleeve Dance Dress
Available in child and adult sizes

Child colors: Black, light blue, purple, red, royal, white

Adult colors: Black, light blue, purple, red, royal, white

The Adult Rhinestone Cross Dress
Available in child and adult sizes

Child colors: Black, light blue, purple, red, royal, white

Adult colors: Black, light blue, purple, red, royal, white