The Importance of a Personal and Professional Fitting

For the best experience on pointe, dancers need the expertise of a professional fitter. Several factors make repeated fittings necessary. When dancers understand these factors, they are more likely to return for future fittings.

What is a professional pointe fitting?
A personal, professional fitting takes many factors into account. The fitter will evaluate the dancer’s feet for shape and size, but also for strength and flexibility. The fitter observes the dancer’s basic ballet technique, including core strength and alignment on demi-pointe.


Benefits of Reoccurring Fittings?

  • Fit:
    Dancers should reevaluate their model, size and specifications frequently throughout their training and career. While their feet are still growing, obviously their size will change, but foot size isn’t the only factor that affects fit. The shape of the foot usually continues to change after full growth is achieved, requiring new fittings and sometimes an entirely different pointe shoe model. Technical development often changes a dancer’s preferences for specifications such as vamp height and shank strength.
  • Consistency:
    Even when she is sure what model and size she wants to buy, with many brands of pointe shoes a dancer cannot be assured that her new pair will be just like her old pair without a fitting. . Pointe Shoes are still made by hand and because they are individually handmade, it is still possible to find slight variation from one pair to the next. A fitting allows you to make alterations when needed.
  • Teaching and Troubleshooting:
    An expert fitter can help a dancer refine her fit beyond the dancer’s own understanding or resources. Perhaps spacers would improve fit and technique, or even prevent injury. Perhaps a struggle with her dance technique could be resolved by a change of model. Problems like these are more difficult for the dancer to solve on her own.


Schedule an Appointment for your next Fitting!


Carolina Ballet Shopping Event

It is always such a pleasure to host the Carolina Ballet Dancers and members of the Dancer Committee for an Evening of Shopping at DANCE ETC.

On a Thursday in February 2017, we had a blast hosting the 4th Annual Event with Carolina Ballet!




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We are THRILLED to Share our Exciting News with our Customers!

Visit us at our BRAND NEW Location Starting JANUARY 2nd, 2017!
7520 Ramble Way, Suite 111, Raleigh, NC 27616

We will be CLOSED December 24th-January 1st for the Holidays and Move!

Monogramming NOW AVAILABLE!

Dance Etc. is excited to offer Monogramming
for our Customers!

We are partnering with Bouffants of Wake Forest to offer this exciting
addition to your Dancewear!

Available on Warm up Booties, Bags, and Apparel!


We’re Celebrating 10 Years!


We have some BIG Changes Coming Soon!

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Will You Grow With Us?

Dance Etc. Dance and Fitness Boutique is seeking dancers for immediate hire, Sales Associates, Assistant manager and manager positions.  Will you join our team?  Contact us for more information.  No phone calls please.


Do you have a Loyalty Card? If not, be sure to ask at the Front Desk! Dance Etc. appreciates your Business and rewards you for your continued loyalty! We are proud to support our Dance Community and consider it a privilege to serve you! Thank you for your continued support!

New or Used Dance Shoes?

We often get asked if we sell “Used” Dance Shoes or if we “Buy Back” “Used” Dance Shoes. While we do not have a “Buy Back” Program in place or sell “Used” Dance Shoes, we DO offer a wide selection of NEW Dancing Shoes to fit every budget, including SALE and CLOSEOUT Items at GREAT prices!

Aside from the obvious, there are very strong reasons why you should not wear someone else’s “USED” Dance Shoes…
When we dance, our feet perspire. As a matter of fact we sweat a GREAT deal in our Dance shoes. And this perspiration breaks down the shoe, harbors bacteria and causes moisture induced mold growth within the lining of the shoe, its insole and the foot bed. All of these factors can lead to Athletes Foot, Toenail Fungus and a host of other Bacterial and Fungal Infections. And certainly acquiring the Bacteria and Fungus from someone else’s USED Dance Shoes, makes saving a couple dollars hardly worth any value at all. If anything, it almost seems as if we would be potentially inviting a host of serious foot issues to the table. We value YOUR feet too much to ever do that!

Many styles of Dance shoes are designed to mold and form to the shape of the foot. Not all feet are the same way, although wearing someone’s already broken in shoe may feel great. It is not going to fit and conform to your foot in the manner that the shoe was designed to do.

Well, do not worry, WE are here to Help!
If you are Budget Conscious, we are happy to help you locate a NEW shoe within your price range. Many styles have an economy line. Interested in checking Clearance? We are always happy to do that too…. We have styles that are discontinued, are Closeouts or are part of a Sample Lot that we reduce at CLEARANCE Pricing. If you ask, we will always be happy to scour our Clearance for you! It helps us as much as it helps you! : ) So a little food for thought…. NEW or USED? With Dance Shoes? Definitely NEW!


We will be CLOSED on Monday, May 29th in Observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 30th 10am-6pm. Dismiss