The perfect shoe and a well-tailored costume are important staples for even the youngest of ballet dancers. Finding a great place to buy ballet apparel can be a challenge, but there are several shops right here in the Pittsburgh area to cater to dancers of all ages and skill level and offer personalized and professional service. If you are looking for ballet shoes, practice wear and accessories, here are some excellent sources to try in Pittsburgh.
The Dancer’s Pointe
2821 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
A favorite among Pittsburgh professional dancers due to it’s convenient location in the strip district, The Dancers’ Pointe offers a full range of ballet apparel and accessories both in the store and online. The store offers custom costume design services, practice leotards and accessories. Dance shoes of all sorts from pointe and soft ballet shoes, character and practice shoes are also available. The store is a great go-to for all ballet related needs.
Tightspot Dancewear Center
2524 Brownsville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15210
If you are near the South Hills, Tightspot Dancewear Center is a great place to get ballet basics as well as the latest trends in practice dancewear. The shop offers shoes, leotards and bags. If you are looking for a special gift for the dancer in your life, Tightspot offers a nice range of ballet inspired jewelry. You can also find gymnastics and cheerleading apparel and accessories there. A trip to Tightspot will keep you looking professional and well put together at both dance class and performances.
All That Jazz
2000 Village Run Road, Suite 208
Wexford, PA 15090
Located in Wexford, All That Jazz has a wide variety of dance supplies and apparel for kids and adults. From tap and jazz shoes to ballet shoes you can find what you need to suit a multitude of dance styles. Custom pointe shoe fittings are available by appointment only and the staff will take the time to ensure that you find the shoe that is right for your dance style and foot shape. The store also carries a variety of athletic wear and accessories for practice and performance.
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715 Mill St.
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Also locate near the South Hills in Bridgeville, TuTu is a lovely boutique full of specialty dance apparel, shoes, accessories and bags. For the dancer with many interests, the shop carries ballet, jazz, tap and other dance shoes. First time pointe shoe fittings can be done by appointment only to find the perfect fit and shoe style. For re-fits and re-orders, walk-ins are accepted. Stop in to shop and take a look at all of the great basics and practice wear they have to offer.
The Barre Room
684 West Main St.
Uniontown, PA 15401
The Barre Room in Uniontown has been a longtime go-to spot for Pittsburgh area dancers. The store is known for its personalized and friendly service. At the Barre Room you can find custom dancewear, shoes for class and performance and also tights and accessories. The staff at the Barre Room are happy to provide professional shoe fittings and have a variety of dance backgrounds and expertise to recommend just the right shoe for any dancer.
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