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Having served the Triangle Area and beyond since 2006, DANCE ETC. takes pride in going above and beyond for our Clients and making it a priority to provide excellent Customer Service in the Dance Industry.

rebecca Journigan
rebecca Journigan
We would trust no one else with my daughter’s pointe shoe fittings, tap shoes and all things needed for dance. Danea is the absolute best, most knowledgeable and professional in the area. Highly recommend for all things dance at any age or level!
I absolutely LOVE Dance Etc.! It is the most professional, personable dance shop my daughter and I have ever been in! The owner, who is a dancer herself, will move mountains to help you. It is very admirable to see a small business like this still open, and thriving at the moment. It's extremely disheartening to read such awful, unbiased reviews posted on google. I have been shopping at this store for years, and never once have I ever felt like I was being pushed to the side, or I was wasting anyones time. I was always treated with respect, and the owner would bend over backwards for what I needed. I AGREE with this review..."Everyone has to be more patient these days because all businesses are struggling to find enough help. But when it was my turn, I felt like the owner wanted to make sure I had everything I needed and she did not make me feel rushed." Everything this commenter stated is accurate! If you are going to shop in this store, be patient they are extremely short staffed. They are doing their best!! We all need to support these small businesses more and not try to bring them down. (which is absolutely ridiculous)
Jeanette Whalen
Jeanette Whalen
What a gem of a shop! It is well stocked with a wonderful variety of dance related items. Fittings for pointe shoes is a special experience in an elegant setting. Owner Danea Polise is friendly, professional and so knowledgeable. A visit to Dance Etc is a great experience!
Elise Chang
Elise Chang
I LOVE Dance Etc.!!! I got fitted here during the summer of 2021 and have been wearing the EXACT same brand and style of pointe shoe ever since- it is perfect for my dancing. Thank you so so much!
Frances Yoak
Frances Yoak
A true pleasure each and every time we go. My mom and I enjoy this experience so much. Danea is so gracious, so knowledgeable, so helpful with all aspects of a pointe shoe fitting. A fabulous experience. I Highly recommend her and her business. Nothing but quality and passion.

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She spent a lot of time with us and we are grateful for her expertise!

My daughter has had multiple pointe shoe fittings at Dance Etc, and we go back because they work with my daughter so patiently to get the best shoe for her feet. Kids sometimes have a difficult time articulating what they feel in their feet, but Danea asks good questions and can tell a lot of what’s going on just by looking at wear patterns and observing a few positions at the barre. Danea is super-knowledgeable (had a long career as a professional – but doesn’t ever mention it) about dancers’ feet and about all the different factors related to a well-fitted pointe shoe. She is very positive/pleasant throughout the process and my daughter likes her. She spent a lot of time with us and we are grateful for her expertise!

David B.

Danea and the staff at Dance Etc. are amazing!

Danae and the staff at Dance Etc. are amazing! They always give their attention and support to my daughter every time we visit. I highly recommend them for all of your dancewear needs. You won’t be disappointed!

Emily L.

Danea, the owner is exceptional!

Danea, the owner is exceptional! She is so kind and takes the time to make sure that the shoes your daughter needs fit perfectly! So blessed to be a supporter of this local business!

Ronna P.

There is no place else we’d entrust for our pointe shoes!

Danea is the absolute Pointe shoe whisperer. I will never forget my daughter’s first fitting with her. I had never seen anything like it. Like watching a masterclass. Danea pays attention to the tiniest detail of fit with each foot, ensuring that the child is fitted properly at each stage of growth and development. There is no place else we’d entrust for our pointe shoes!

Caroline C.

A One Of A Kind Experience

My daughter and I live in the outer banks of North Carolina. Our closest place to purchase pointe shoes is Virginia. After a few years of trying on many shoes and not being happy, my daughter decided she needed a change. We researched different stores in the Raleigh area, as grandparents live there. We found Dance Etc. The fitting made us feel like dance stars. She took her time and explained to my daughter proper shoes should look and feel. Needless to say this was worth the trip and we will be repeat customers. Thank you for a one of a kind experience.

Lisa Wheless
Outer Banks, NC

Dance Etc. is the absolute BEST!!

Thank you Danea at DANCE ETC. for your expertise at Pointe Shoe Fitting! I have NEVER met a better fitter! If you live in the Triangle, Dance Etc. is the absolute BEST!!

Cheryl LaMura
Instructor, Wake Forest Academy Fine Arts

I Sincerely Appreciate Having Someone I Can Trust

Thank you so much for your help with my students. I sincerely appreciate having someone I can trust with that first pair of shoes. Your support means a lot to me and you are our first choice for pointe shoe fittings and dancewear. Thanks again for all you do for me and City Ballet.

Sandy Zellinger
Director, City Ballet 1991-2013


I came up about 6 weeks ago from Wilmington with my daughter, Emily for a Pointe Shoe Fitting.  First off, I want to tell you that you are AMAZING!!  We were so very impressed from the second we walked in your door. The time you spent and expertise and kindness you have is beyond anything I’ve ever encountered.  Thank you so very much.  I am so glad we found you and wish we had 4 years ago!

Pam Lawler
Wilmington, NC

We Were Very Impressed

Thank you for your help today with Laura Anne. We were very impressed by your personal service.

Jennifer Taylor
Raleigh, NC


The changes you made regarding Lauren’s pointe shoes are wonderful. Thank you so much for your help yesterday!

Lisa Briggs
Wake Forest, NC

We feel so lucky to have you!

Madeline loves seeing you and would stop in every day if I let her. Thanks so much for supporting City Ballet, and on a personal note, thanks for supporting my girl.  We feel so lucky to have you!

Lynda Lalevee
Raleigh, NC

We love Dance Etc.

We love Dance Etc. for all of our ballet, tap and jazz shoes, ballet leotards and tights and accessories! Thank you for always keeping us outfitted to do what we love! 

Natalie Skergan
Raleigh, NC

You are a gift.

Danea – Thank you so much for your patience, extension of knowledge and kindness. You made my girls first pointe experience memorable. I have never in all my years of teaching had the level of trust with someone else fitting my girls the way that I had in you. You are a gift. Thanks again.

Stephie Duguid
Instructor, Wake Forest Academy Fine Arts

Thank you.

Hi Danea, We appreciate your support very much. And our family always loves the care we get at your store. Thank you.

Holly Yates

A Joy to Work with and a Breath of Fresh Air

Thank you for this kind email!!! You were a joy to work with and a breath of fresh air to fit my girls. It has been a struggle to find someone as knowledgeable as you! I plan to send all of them to you from now on.

Stephanie Stancil
Toe 2 Toe Dance

Well Prepared

Thanks again to you and your team for being so organized, well prepared, and making the fitting run so smoothly!

Keir Morton-Manley
A Time to Dance

Very Supportive

I really think very highly of you and your business.  You have always been very supportive of my school and dance company.

Jill Taylor
Owner, Taylor Academy of Dance

Kind and Helpful

I shopped at your establishment on November 16th, 2013. I don’t know the names of the two young ladies who were working that morning, but they were very kind and helpful. I just wanted to say thanks. They both deserve recognition for their customer service and kindness. Because of them I will recommend and return to this establishment.

Adrian Bottoms
Raleigh, NC

Tremendous Asset

Danea has been a tremendous asset to our dance program.  She has made the costume ordering process extremely simple and stress free.  We love that when the costumes arrive, each child’s costume is individually bagged with their original order form.  Our staff loves working with Danea!

Carey Moore
The Little Gym of North Raleigh

Extra Mile!!

Thank you so much for helping us and going the extra mile!! We really appreciate you!

Janet Visser
Wake Forest, NC

Thank You

I just want to thank you so much for all that you have done for me and I thought you would like to know that I have not experienced any pain in my toe during or after pointe class since being in my new pointe shoes!

Nicola Paul
Raleigh, NC

We really appreciate you!

Thank you again for your assistance with my daughter’s audition attire earlier this evening. Please… know that we really appreciate you!

Julie Foley
North Carolina Theatre Conservatory

So helpful and kind!!

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated all the time and effort your put in to me and my shoes. =) Having to fit me 3 times plus having my teacher come in, and all just to keep the same ones. I know that was a lot on your part. So, thank you so much for all that you did. You were so helpful and kind!! I really like these and hope that they work well and I can stay in this style. Thanks again and have a great rest of the week!!

Kara Finneran
Field of Dreams

Incredibly Friendly, Helpful and Knowledgeable on all things Dancewear!

Our family is so thankful to have Dance Etc. here in Raleigh. Danea and her staff are incredibly friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about ‘all things dance wear!’ They fit shoes perfectly (so well that one of our dear friends drives all the way from Georgia for pointe shoe fittings from Danea)! The store always has the items we need, and even keeps a record of brands and sizes we have purchased previously for quick and easy future purchases. If you have a dancer in your family, Dance Etc. is the place for you!
Kim Tribus, Mom to Jake and Hunter Tribus
CC & Company

The most comprehensive fitting I had ever seen…

Avery is loving her new pointe shoes, thank you for once again taking such good care of my dancer! Avery had her first fitting with you in July 2013, and it was the most comprehensive fitting I had ever seen. Avery had been en pointe for about a year and a half at that time, and had really just worn whatever shoe she was given that was in her size until that point. Avery has small feet, so we rarely questioned but were just grateful. She has been wearing the Suffolk Spotlight for the last 2 years, performed her first Clara solo, attended ABT-NCSA summer intensive, and competed during YAGP. Avery has become a stronger more proficient artist while wearing the shoes you helped her choose. So we were very happy to stop by Dance Etc. for a visit in February to see you and have the pleasure of another pointe shoe fitting. Again, I was amazed at the detail, time and energy you put into the fitting, and I am grateful that DanceEtc. keeps such a wide range of pointe shoe styles and SIZES in stock. Dance Etc. is the only store we have visited that actually has many styles and small sizes in stock so that Avery can try on a shoe without ordering it first, or trying a couple sizes to large? This kind of customer service is what makes a 2 hour detour on the way home to Georgia worth the trip! Again, we thank you and the Dance Etc. staff for you time and talent!
Amy Ward

The treatment and kindness that Danea showed my child was priceless.

The fall of 2015 was the beginning of my child’s 2nd year on pointe.  My child loves ballet and has been taking lessons since she was 3 years old.  She was having some trouble and a classmate suggested we come to Dance Etc. I was skeptical to drive 2 hours for my daughter to get a pointe shoe fitting.  I am beyond thrilled that we took the trip! My child was struggling in the second semester on Pointe. I had no idea that her Pointe shoes were “dead” and not the proper shoe for her.  Having not been a ballet dancer I was ignorant to all the particulars.  The treatment and kindness that Danea showed my child was priceless.  The care that was taken to fit her was extremely professional.  Instantly, my child could do all the things she struggled to perform in the spring recital. Not only did Danea help my child get amazing pointe shoes, but also gave her renewed self confidence and sheer joy.  I will continue to bring my child to Dance Etc as long as she is dancing on Pointe.

Treena W.
Hampstead, NC

Daughter left very happy!

We had a great experience! Staff was very polite and knowledgeable. A very big selection of dance attire. Daughter left very happy!

Melissa G.

Incredibly knowledgeable and thorough.

Well worth the hour and a half drive for a pointe shoes fitting. Incredibly knowledgeable and thorough. We learned so much. Thank you!

K. Gilpin

Friendly and helpful staff.

Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent selection of shoes to meet our studios requirements. Tons of options for leotards.

Kerrie G.

Great selection of dance leotards and skirts and friendly customer service.

Great selection of dance leotards and skirts, and friendly costumer service. The atmosphere is quiet and it’s very easy to make decisions. The store offers Capezio and Bloch shoes, both with high quality. It also partners with City Ballet in Raleigh NC.

Lydia O.

Worth the trip EVERYTIME!

Pointe Shoe Fittings. A+. Staff. A+. Service. A+.
We would not go anywhere else. Dance Etc is the BEST!
Worth the trip EVERYTIME!

Great customer service

Great customer service.

Sharon R.

Good merchandise and great service.

Good merchandise and great service.

Claire R.

Best place in the Triangle to have your daughter properly and professionally fit for pointe shoes.

The best place in the Triangle to have your daughter properly and professionally fit for pointe shoes.

Michael W.

Great Staff Too!

Most beautiful leotards ever! Great staff too!

Elisa B.

Danea is a Pointe Shoe Fitting Wizard!

Great selection, friendly staff and Danea is a pointe shoe fitting wizard! Seriously!

Allison M.

Great selection and knowledgeable!

Great selection and knowledgeable!

Nicole K.

I love shopping at Dance Etc. because of the wonderful staff!

I love shopping at Dance Etc. because of the wonderful Staff! I’m always greeted with a warm smile and they go out of the their way to help me. Plus they know how to take care of my daughters feet… which is always a challenge during pointe shoe fittings!

Ashley H.

Their store is fantastic. 5 stars. I wish I could give them 10.

We traveled from Wilmington to be fitted for Pointe shoes at Dance Etc. It was an amazing experience! The staff was incredible and put my daughter in shoes that she adores! We will shop nowhere else from now on. Their store is fantastic. 5 stars. I wish I could give them 10.

Marc D.
Wilmington, NC

Very friendly and helpful.

Very friendly and helpful, very reasonably priced.

Liz P.

Beautiful Store.

Beautiful store with extensive selection of dance apparel, shoes, and accessories

Karin H.

We LOVE Dance Etc.!!

We LOVE Dance Etc. !! We have tried other stores for our daughter’s ballet needs, and there is absolutely no comparison. The professionalism and class alone displayed by every employee is outstanding on its own. Above this, I would not trust anyone but Danea (OWNER) to give a pointe shoe fitting. She is FABULOUS!! THANK YOU, DANEA!! Many blessings and favor on your business.

Dolly T.

Great place for purchasing Dance Apparel.

I was acknowledged immediately as I entered, the service representative was knowledgeable and friendly, and they had exactly what I was looking for. Great place for purchasing dance apparel.

Tori H.

Anna and I could not be happier with what you always offer.

Anna and I could not be happier with what you always offer. I know that for my Anna any difficult or “down” moment in her dancing she is thinking of you… Just like last Saturday, you listen, you pay attention and most importantly you know how to help. I don’t know how you do it, but you do. Thank you! I cannot tell you how many times Anna doubted herself, but we go to your store and somehow after a while you fit Anna with a new pair of pointe shoes and her smile and believe in herself is back and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I have never been in your store that we didn’t leave happy. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE is always so nice and helpful.
Please don’t ever feel defeated because you all are just wonderful, knowledgeable and always so patient. You were patient with Anna  when she was five and now you are patient when she is 15. Thank you!!!
Anna S.

Thank you for all you do!

Thank you for all you do for our dance community.

The warm smiles, helpful assistance, and pointe shoe fittings make shopping with you so enjoyable!

You all are a blessing!

Elizabeth P.

I appreciate all of your time and effort…

Thank you so much for helping me in many pointe shoe fittings! I appreciate all of your time and effort in order to get me the correct type of shoe.

Hailey P.

I feel like I’ve finally accomplished a goal…!

Thank you so much for fitting my pointe shoes! I’ve been waiting for so long and I feel like I’ve finally accomplished a goal. You’re very kind and I could tell you’re an expert at what you do. I really, really appreciate it!

Mia C.


WOW! If only every retail store offered Dance Etc.’s level of customer service! My daughter started ballet at 10 and nobody in our house knew anything about ballet. She has been fitted for pointe shoes four times now and Dana is remarkable – patient, gentle, kind, and wants your child in the right shoe. She communicated with my daughter’s pointe teachers so that they coordinated a shoe that’s going to help her advance in her foot strength. In addition, her feet are two different sizes so we bought two pairs of shoes so each foot is in the right size. Thank you so much Dance Etc!

Pamela Lietz
Raleigh, NC

The Staff treated all of our Dancers with Respect.

We love Dance Etc! We put in a bulk order for all our dancers and they took their time to package in a nice bag with a cute bow and wrote us personal letters. The staff at Dance Etc treated all our dancers with respect. We will continue to follow and do business with them. Thank you Dance Etc!

Daisy V.

I appreciate all of your kindness and patience…

I would like to say Thanks for the excellent customer service we received today!. Since we enter to the store Dance etc. we felt very welcome, Both ladies are very professional and the person who fit the shoes very professional, took the time to fit the pointe shoes on my daughter. I appreciate all your kindness and patience. I am going to come here every time in order to buy dancewear and accessories for my daughters.

Thank you very much!

Flor M.

Thank you for such a patient and thorough fitting!

We were in on Saturday morning for my daughter, Maggie, to have her first pointe shoe fitting. She was a difficult fit due to different size feet and bunions. We truly appreciated your patience and willingness to keep trying different shoes, despite it taking longer than expected. I’m happy to say that her teacher loved the fit and approved of them. My girl has sewn on her elastics and ribbons and is now ready for her first pointe class today. Thank you again for such a patient and thorough fitting!
Jennifer A.

Beautiful and exceptional experience!

Beautiful and exceptional experience. We loved looking around the store and having a first pointe fitting today. We came from an hour away to get pointe shoes here. Thank you so much for a perfect fit.

Stacey F.

Friendly staff and well stocked!

What an adorable little gem for your dancers needs! Our little girl loves coming here for accessories and dance outfits! Friendly staff and well stocked!

Ana G.

Knowledgable, Professional and Friendly…

“My daughter got her first pair LaDucas & fitted [for] pointe shoes (her old ones were well loved). The ladies were knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. They wore masks, had hand sanitizer and wipes stations set up, and are set up ready for business again. We love everything about our experiences there and highly recommend!”

JLC Mathews

We will never go anywhere else for a Fitting…

“I just wanted to say thank you again for the amazing fitting for my daughter, Camryn. She had her weekly private this afternoon for the first time in her new Bloch Euro Stretch and it was like night and day. Her teacher was beyond thrilled! Cam was able to get up and over her box with ease and she was dancing with a straight leg. Both things she was struggling with and now she is dancing with ease. Her confidence was through the roof today and her instructor was beyond thrilled. Two other girls from our Studio have visited your store for pointe shoe fittings since we came last week and many more will be heading your way. Thank you again! Absolutely amazing! We will never go anywhere else for a fitting.”

Koryn Dilday
Greenville Civic Ballet

I cannot say enough good things about Dance Etc.

I cannot say enough good things about Dance Etc. We first came to them last year for my daughter to be fitted for her first pair of pointe shoes. They made it such a wonderful and memorable experience for her. We just recently re-visited for a re-Fitting for her next pair of shoes, and the level of time and attention paid to make sure the shoe is the perfect fit is amazing. We live about 2 hours away and will continue to visit this store for fittings. Simply amazing!

Alicia Perry

I highly recommend Dance Etc.!

If you would like a professional pointe shoe fitting then Dance Etc. is the place to come. Danea has incredible attention to detail and comprehensive knowledge of the characteristics of a dancer’s feet. She is also very communicative about what pointe shoes work best for my daughter. Danea and her staff are extremely helpful and very professional! They also offer in house shoe modifications which help tremendously to enhance the fitting of the point shoe. I highly recommend Dance Etc.!

Waleska H.

Danea and her staff that make it the best dance store in the Triangle.

The level of service and professionalism that you will find at Dance Etc. is a perfect 10. Danea and her staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable in all things dance. Danea’s experience, eye for detail and attentiveness make her the area’s best in pointe shoe fittings. Dance Etc. offers everything a dancer could need, a beautiful store with high quality dance attire, shoes, equipement, accessories and much much more but it is truly Danea and her staff that make it the best dance store in the Triangle.

Hannah B.

Very professional and courteous!

It was an amazing experience to watch my daughter being fitted for her pointe shoes! Mrs Danea was very informative, and so kind! She gave her full attention to each person being fitted individually. It was very personal and uplifting and made my daughter feel special! Very professional and courteous! Thank you for answering all the questions we had!

Janice M.

The attention and expertise!

Completely worth the drive! The attention and expertise to ensuring my teenage daughter got the proper pointe shoe was amazing and the patience they had while sizing my special needs tween for her ballet and tap shoes was heart moving! Not to mention they became the local expert when my momma locked her keys in the car, lol. We’ll definitely be back!!

Laura B.

Can’t wait to go back!

I always love my time at Dance ETC. Especially with their pointe shoe fittings they have great experience!👍🏻 Can’t wait to go back.

Elissa R.

Great Service!

Great service! Very helpful! We will be back!

Natalie B.

We always go to Dance Etc.!

We always go to Dance etc for our two girls’ dance shoes. They take great care and time finding just the right style and fit – especially with pointe shoe fittings!

Tiffany L.

Highly Recommended!!

Elegant, clean, equipped with everything related to dance. Courtesy, professionalism and fair prices. Highly recommended!!!!

Ivette A.

She is the shoe whisperer!!!

Danea was a total professional when it came fitting our daughter’s pointe shoes!!
She listened to our wants and needs and was very focused on getting the perfect fit!!
She is the shoe whisperer!!! Will be back again!

Lisa G.