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14/04/2022

Can you find the hidden ballet tutu in the sea of number 2s?

We’re already four months into 2022 – nearly halfway, if you can believe it! – and we felt that it was high time we offered a tribute to the 2s. We love a good puzzle here at Dancewear Central, and we couldn’t resist throwing in a little 2022 tutu to spice up our torrent of 2s. Can you find our stealthy piece of dancewear in this sea of crafty numbers? Can you spot the tutu among the 2s? Is that a tutu or a 22? You won’t know until you... Read More

21/12/2021
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Summer Dance Intensives – which schools to apply to

With applications now opening for summer intensives, it can be a daunting process to decide which intensives to attend and going through the applications for each. We spoke with two of our regular Dancewear Central models, Emily and Denis, and their mum, Olena, about their experience of summer intensives and to ask for any advice they may have. Denis is currently a full-time student at The Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge in London and Emily is a full-time student at The Hammond School in Chester. Both dancers regularly attend intensive... Read More

15/11/2021
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Christmas Gift Ideas for Ballet Dancers

Tis the season and with the Santa in full swing preparing for Christmas 2021 we’ve pulled together a handy guide with plenty of Christmas gift ideas for the ballet dancer in your life. Whether it’s a professional ballerina or an aspiring young dancer, here are some ideas sure to put a smile on their face on Christmas morning. 1. Bloch’s limited edition tye dye warm up booties Cosy, comfy and stylish too, we love Bloch’s limited edition tye dye warm up booties. They’re the perfect winter warming essential for the... Read More

01/09/2021
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Ballet shoes and tights for diverse skin tones – our growing collection

Did you know that ballet shoes and tights were originally designed to look as if the dancer had bare legs and feet? In theory, this helped to create the illusion of longer legs and aesthetically pleasing classical lines, but it was completely impractical. We all know that people do not come in one standard colour, and so dancewear manufacturers have begun to tackle this imbalance. They have started to produce socks, tights and ballet shoes for darker skin tones, increasing the inclusivity of their ranges. At Dancewear Central, we want... Read More

14/04/2021
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JOHANNA HADLEY INTERVIEW – HOW COVID-19 HAS IMPACTED PERFORMING ARTS: WITH JOHANNA HADLEY

As we mark a year since the UK went into its first Covid-19 lockdown, we are running a series of interviews with dance industry professionals and dancers. Here we talk to dance teacher Johanna Hadley about her experiences over this past year. Tell us a bit about what you do in the UK dance sector? I’m Johanna Hadley and I’m a ballet teacher at our family business, the Janet Lomas School of Dancing in Bury, Lancashire. The school was founded by my mum 43 years ago. At the school, I... Read More

06/04/2021
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How to look after your tap shoes | Dancewear Central

Tap shoes, when looked after well, can last for many years. They don’t wear through as quickly as ballet and jazz shoes, and the sound of the tap plates can mature with age. To make sure that you get the most out of your tap shoes, follow our five top tips to keep you tapping away! 1. Don’t go outside in your tap shoes Going outside in your tap shoes will quickly damage the plates. Tap shoes plates are made of a soft metal, which will become heavily scratched when... Read More

01/04/2021
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Jessica Templeton Interview – HOW COVID-19 HAS IMPACTED PERFORMING ARTS: WITH JESSICA TEMPLETON

As we mark a year since the UK went into its first Covid-19 lockdown, we are running a series of interviews with dance industry professionals and dancers Here we talk to dancer-in-training, Jessica Templeton, who is in her second year at one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world. Tell us a bit about what you do in the UK dance sector? I am a dancer, who trains mostly in ballet and contemporary. I started taking my dancing seriously aged 13, when I left home to train at... Read More

22/03/2021
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Precious Adams Interview – HOW COVID-19 HAS IMPACTED PERFORMING ARTS: WITH PRECIOUS ADAMS

As we mark a year since the UK went into its first Covid-19 lockdown, we are running a series of interviews with dance industry professionals and dancers Here we talk to Precious Adams, Junior Soloist at the English National Ballet and the impact this last year has had on her with regards to dance. Tell us a bit about what you do in the UK dance sector? So, primarily, I am a junior soloist ballet dancer with the English National Ballet. I have been working for them for nearly 7... Read More

04/03/2021
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The Best Jazz Shoes – Our Buying Guide

Confused about which jazz shoes to buy? Our handy guide is here to help you choose the correct jazz shoes for you. What are the different styles of jazz shoes? Jazz shoes are similar to a ballet shoe because they feature a flexible sole, but they usually have a small rubber heel. They are typically used in a jazz class to help to reduce friction beneath the foot, which is especially useful when performing pirouettes. Jazz shoes can be worn by both male and female dancers of all ages. They... Read More

23/02/2021
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Should I continue with dance classes online?

With the UK in the middle of its third lockdown, many people are growing weary of seemingly endless online meetings, home schooling, classes and activities. But while dancing at home is undeniably different to dancing in a studio, there are still many benefits to continuing with dance classes online. 1. Keeping a sense of normality Keeping up with regular dance classes can help to maintain a sense of normality and structure to your child’s week. Continuing with online classes means that students still get to see their dance teacher and... Read More