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It’s time to get back into your Fall dance classes, and you may be asking yourself whether you need a new pair of pointe shoes. Sometimes it can be hard to tell, especially if it’s your first pair or a new style for you. Here are some facts and tips to help you decide when it’s time to get your next pair!

Pointe shoes typically last for 12-15 hours en pointe.

Your first pair will probably last the longest. There are a lot of factors that affect the lifetime of pointe shoes, including but not limited to: foot strength/flexibility, specific choreography, shoe care, break-in process, floor surface, and storage temperature.

You know that it’s time for new shoes if:

  1. Your foot has grown or changed to affect the fit
  2. The shank has become very soft
  3. The box/wings have become very soft
  4. You no longer feel stable or supported
  5. You feel new or increased pain

If you notice any of the above about your current pair of pointe shoes, it’s time for a new pair! Dancing on dead pointe shoes can increase risk of injury and discomfort. Call Allegro today to schedule your next pointe fitting:

Allegro Evanston
(847) 733-8460

Allegro Barrington
(847) 277-1009

If your shoes look like this, they're dead. Do not try to dance in them, call Allegro immediately.

If your shoes look like this, they’re dead. Do not try to dance in them, call Allegro immediately.


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Our annual tights sale is back!

Buy one pair of tights, get another pair 50% OFF, now through September 10, 2017.


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Your summer training has come to an end, but Fall Semester classes are just around the bend! 

You’ve learned a lot, you made new friends, perhaps you’ve even advanced a level! Your hard work has paid off! Sounds to me like you deserve a new dance bag!

Starting the new school year is a great time to get new shoes, and grab that new color leotard for your dress code, but let’s not forget about replacing your other dance essentials.

Top Ten Items to Have in Your Dance Bag

  1. To fill your dance bag with all your new class necessities, you will first need… A NEW DANCE BAG! Allegro’s got you covered with the most amazing bags. Ever so stylish Sol and Selene dance bags come with multiple mesh lined pockets, perfect for stashing toe pads so they don’t get stinky, and maybe some SKUNKIES to further assuage any odor.
  2.  An extra pair, or two or four, of TIGHTS. You know you’re not doing laundry everyday, so let’s keep it fresh.
  3. You may be going straight from school to dance class, putting your hair in a bun while your mom drives. Don’t leave the house without your bun ninja tools! HAIR TIES, BOBBY PINS, HAIRNETS. Check out our new FRENCHIES- flocked bobbby pins that stay in place no matter how many chaînés turns you do!
  4. Designate a DANCE NOTEBOOK to writing down all your corrections so you can remember what to work on.
  5. IMG_0038Ah, the beloved pointe shoe accessories. They make it so much less painful to dance “effortlessly” en pointe. You can thank us later for stocking LAMBSWOOL and TOEWRAP for your diy dancer bandaids. And it’s the perfect time to replace your MESH BAG, and grab a new STITCH KIT for pointe shoe sewing. Have you yet been introduced to the POINTE SHOE SCRAPER? It’s great for a non-slip grip on the floor. We’ve also got JETGLUE for extending the life of your shoes! And of course, don’t forget to pick up some new TOE PADS. New year, new you, am I right?
  6. Stand out at that upcoming Nutcracker audition with KRYOLAN professional stage makeup. Keep everything from getting lost at the bottom of your bag with a little organization and a couple MAKEUP BAGS.
  7. You’ll definitely need to hydrate! Don’t forget your WATER BOTTLE.
  9. All this dancing again is going to require some extra stretching. We’ve got the tools for that. From THERABANDS and THE FOOTSTRETCHER. This will be the year of the full split and amazing arches. Come on in and try ’em out!
  10. Massage those tired muscles at the end of the day with THE STICK and a FOOTSIE ROLLER.

At the end of the day, you’re the one who has to put in all the hard work. Allegro’s got your back with all your back to class needs, making it easier for you to stay focused and dance full out! Stop in to the store and let us help you get to that next level!


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Upgrade Your Dance Bag with Sol & Selene!

June 20, 2017 events

Have you been imagining your perfect dance bag forever? Have you purchased bags in the past thinking you’ve found “the one,” only to be disappointed? If so, clear your schedule, because you’ll want to make time to come to either Allegro location this weekend for our Sol & Selene Trunk Show! Sol & Selene carries […]

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Dream Duffel: Your Performance Bag Dreams Come True!

May 5, 2017 products

Tired of lugging around multiple bags, individual costume pieces and makeup cases? Are your dressing rooms small and lack enough space to hang all of your costumes? If so, the Dream Duffel is the answer you’ve been looking for! Each Dream Duffel comes equipped with a one-touch telescoping garment rack, insulated snack pocket, folding stool pocket, […]

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Allegro Holiday Gift Guide 2016

November 22, 2016 new products

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 Need some advice for shopping for your dancer? Looking for the trendiest products in dance to impress your dance friends? Look no further! This year, the Allegro team has put together a handy gift guide to help you find the perfect gifts. Check it out below!  

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New at Allegro: Honeycut

October 17, 2016 new products

We just introduced a new dance wear collection at both stores at Allegro! Honeycut offers a variety of options from leggings to bra tops and shorts. They are perfect for expressing your sophisticated style in class, at conventions, and competitions this season. Our team’s favorite piece is the Honey Legging! Curious about where the name […]

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