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Getting fit for pointe shoes is unlike any other shoe fitting you’ll have. You’ll try a lot of shoes to find the right pair, and even then, your preferences and needs for your feet or technique may change over the course of your dancing career. That’s what we at Allegro are here for: to make sure your pointe fitting experience is exceptional and you leave with a shoe that actually makes you feel like dancing! We put together a list of 5 tips to keep in mind for your fitting appointment, whether it’s your first time, or not.

  1. Make an Appointment*: It is not necessary or required to set up an appointment for your fitting, and sometimes emergencies happen when you need shoes immediately, but we do recommend making an appointment to make sure you have enough time with your fitter to ensure a proper fit. Typically, an hour and fifteen minutes is allotted for first time fittings, and thirty minutes to an hour for returning customers, depending on the dancer. We recommend calling a week in advance for a weekend time slot (they fill up quickly!) or a 1-3 days in advance for a weekday time slot.img_20161028_120524

2. Dress For Success: There is no required attire for fittings, however we do recommend having convertible tights, and comfortable clothing to move in. You’ll likely be doing some pliés, tendus, and relevés, so clothing that allows for this type of movement is helpful. It also helps your fitter to see your leg, hip, and core alignment. You’ll also want to have your toenails clipped so they are not bothered by the inside of the shoes.

3. Do Some Homework: If you’re returning for a new pair of shoes, bring in your old pair so we can see how they broke in, and you can easily explain to your fitter what you liked or disliked about the shoes. Having your old shoes also helps guide your fitter about different shoes you should try. If it’s your first time and you know your teacher has preferences about shoes, or you are curious about a particular style, write them down or keep it in your memory. We try to follow you and your teachers’ preferences as closely as possible while still providing a proper fit.

4. Don’t Be Shy! If you have questions or concerns during your fitting or you feel a certain way in the shoe you’re trying on, don’t be afraid to say what you feel! It helps us know if you are experiencing discomfort or pain, so we can discern if the sensation is normal for pointe or unsafe.

5. Be Open-Minded: You may have your heart set on trying a specific style or brand, or you may not have liked one in the past, but try to be open about the shoes your fitter is trying on you. Sometimes seeing a certain brand, style, or size helps the fitter learn about your feet and what to grab next! You may also be surprised by the fit of a certain shoe once you try it on. We will never send a dancer home in a shoe that we think will not support her feet properly.

Our fitters go through structured training to make sure you’re fit with the utmost attention to detail and integrity. There is a lot to discover about pointe and we are happy to answer your questions and explain anything from the care of your feet, to the materials used in the construction of the shoes, and everything in between!

* Appointments can be made via phone at both stores 847-277-1009 for Barrington and 847-733-8460 in Evanston, or via email at shop@allegrodanceboutique.com

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Close for the

Both Allegro locations will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will resume normal hours Tuesday, July 5th. Enjoy the holiday!

Photo featuring Alexa from Allegro Barrington. Photo by Topher Alexander.

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Join us at Allegro Barrington to support Fuzion Dance Camp‘s Mary Ann Weisbrod Memorial Scholarship Program!

On Wednesday, July 20th from 10am to 6pm, Allegro will host an all day shopping event at our Barrington location where 15% of the day’s sales will go towards this program in honor and memory of Mary Ann Weisbrod, founder and owner of Applause Talent, who passed away in 2011. The program is dedicated towards maintaining Mary Ann’s great legacy as well as honor her support of students’ dreams and passion towards dance.

Fuzion Dance camp dancers are of course encouraged to attend, but we also welcome ALL of our regular customers to this exciting event. Come in to purchase some dancewear and support this local program at the same time! Be sure to mention at the register that you’re shopping to support Fuzion!

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Annual Barrington Art Festival

May 28, 2016 community

The Barrington Art Festival is back! We love supporting the vendors that come out with their unique hand made merchandise every year. The event will take place in the Barrington village, just outside of Allegro, from 10am-5pm Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th. Parking will be a challenge so please plan a little extra […]

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Allegro sponsors Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker Family Dinner!

December 1, 2015 community

Allegro Dance Boutique is honored to yet again be a sponsor of the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker Family Dinner Event! The Nutcracker Family Dinner serves as one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for The Joffrey Ballet. Guests attending will enjoy a presentation of Robert Joffrey’s Nutcracker, a delicious dinner, and a festival of activity stations for […]

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Allegro sponsors Chicago Youth Dance Exhibition

December 1, 2015 community

This Saturday, December 5th, over 500 young, talented dancers from all over the Chicago area will perform at the Chicago Youth Dance Exhibition. Allegro Dance Boutique is a proud sponsor of CYDE! We are so thankful for the continuous support of the young dancers of Chicago. We enjoy supporting young artists in their journey to achieving their […]

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Nomi Dance Company Presents…

October 8, 2015 community

Nomi Dance Company is opening their 9th performance season with a show choreographed by their very own company members. INSTRUMENTAL is a show dedicated to creating movement inspired solely on the music. “Every artist has an instrument that is used to express their work: a paintbrush, a voice, a pen, a creative mind…a dancer expresses through […]

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