Great gifts for dancers

Do you have a dancer in your life? Need a gift? What dancer doesn’t need new shoes or new clothes? How about some inspiration?

If your dancer is picky, then try a gift certificate. You don’t have to go to the mall to do that.

  1. Gift certificate for Dancewear Solutions.
  2. Gift certificate for Discount Dance.
  3. Clothes from Melodia.
  4. Clothes from Phoenix Rising Artists.
  5. See it or buy it:  “Frances Ha
  6. See it or buy it: “First Position
  7. Tickets to Cirque du Soleil
  8. Offer to pay for custom made shoes.
  9. Private dance lesson.
  10. A day at the osteopath.

Dancewear Solutions and Discount Dance has shoes and clothes for most any kind of dance. Does any dancer ever have enough of the basics? They offer jazz, contemporary, ballet and gymnastics clothing.

If you’re looking for something a little special and want to support small businesses, try Melodia Designs. Melodia is a California-based company that specializes in belly dance (tribal fusion) clothes. They also work for dressy casual or yoga. Check out their dance and movement collections.  Pants run almost $100. For the holidays, you can get free UPS ground delivery if you spend more than $135. This is clothes for comfort for the woman who wants to show off her body.

I’m in love with their pantaloons, but adult sizes don’t fit me.

Phoenix Rising Artists is another small company that puts out some stylish clothes for the dancer. They have some men’s clothing, but they are best known for their dance and yoga clothing. The classic batiked pants are just made for belly dancing or that dressy casual event where you want to get some attention.

If you want small sizes, try Gypsy Monkey. Their largest size, however, is 10-12 and their supplies and styles are limited.

If you need a movie to give dancers hope, try “First Position,” but you might also want to give dancers a dose of reality as in “Frances Ha.”

If you want to give something really special, how about a card and a promise of something special like tickets to see some special production of  Matthew Bourne or Cirque du Soleil.

Other great things to promise require some local research and the gift receiver’s cooperation. Locally, look for places where you can get custom made shoes. That will run you anywhere from $80 and up. Private dance lessons? How can that miss. We’re talking a hundred at least for top teachers.

What dancer or gymnasts hasn’t twisted, sprained or strained something. Don’t call the chiropractor. Try an osteopath instead. Treatment generally runs over $100. My osteopath suggests regular visits, but I live a rough and tumble life.

In Los Angeles, we have access to some real dance talent. You can give the gift of lessons with these people:

  1. So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo.
  2. Buy clothes designed by Nabbytabs.
  3. How about a master class at Millennium Dance Complex with Carmen Electra, Wade Robson, Shane Sparks, Mia Michaels or Kenny Wormald?
  4. If you can catch Louis van Amstel between his LaBlast sessions, you might get certified as an instructor or even get a class with him.
  5. Karina Smirnoff has her studio in Los Angeles and she gives master classes.
  6. Sign up for a ballroom cruise or Mediterranean Argentine tango cruise.
  7. From time to time Edyta Sliwinska and her husband Alec Mazo give classes.
  8. Anna Trebunskaya and her mother run a dance studio, You Can Dance.
  9. Cheryl Burke had a dance studio in the area.
  10. Poreotics is also based in Los Angeles. They travel and give workshops. Keep up with them on Facebook. You can book them.

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