All signed up for dance lessons? Now it’s time to purchase the necessary clothing and footwear. Here’s are the local places the moms recommend:

Barbara’s Dancewear
1497 South Perkins Road

  • Barbaras Danceware is the best. They will take the time to fit her correctly.
  • for a toddler – online and walmart are ok. want something higher quality – barbara’s dancewear.
  • Payless, Walmart, etc don’t do fittings, and they can’t properly place elastic on shoes. Also, cheaper shoes tend to be made from cheaper material, which isn’t as flexible. This makes all the difference when you are learning to point your toes.


Cordova Dancewear
7990 Trinity Road, Cordova
Good with sizing. Don’t bother with discount places . You will only save a few dollars and the quality is significantly lower. If you are spending money on decent lessons, then get decent shoes.


  • The pink leather ballet are @ $20 and the tap are @ $25 plus they have the buy one get one 1/2 price a lot.
  • But the payless tap shoes are ok. They are like dress shoes with taps on them. I taught a tap class and was kinda disappointed that they didnt have my size there…ordered them on The ballet shoe leather really must be soft like Ms Steph said. And about a half size bigger so she can grow. Good luck! And happy dancing!
  • The ballet shoes I saw at Walmart and target were more like isotoner house shoes. I was just on the hunt for the same thing. We got tap shoes at Payless for 26.99 and were lucky enough to get some really nice ballet shoes from a friend.

Jackson’s Shoes
942 W Poplar Ave, Collierville
if the toddler has a small foot – try jacksons shoes and have taps put on smaller “regualr’ shoes ( i have done this with tiny toed black patten-leathered shoes.) but catalog /online is the best bet.

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