Dancers are constantly looking to level up their tools for improved performance ability, efficiency, recovery, and self-care. Looking for the perfect gift for the dancer in your life? From the hottest new dance apparel to practical training aids and personalized accessories, let’s explore this curated gift guide to support and inspire dancers in their unique journey.
If you’re a dancer in British Columbia, perhaps anywhere in Canada, you’ve probably heard of the esteemed Goh Ballet and their annual performances of The Nutcracker. This year, they teamed up with jewelry brand Lao Feng Xiang (LFX) to create a “collaboration of movement and artistry with a touch of whimsy.” Inspired by the magic of the Nutcracker, this gorgeous collection is a knockout gift. From their $50 Sterling Silver and Enamel Ballet Shoes Necklace to their $660 24K Gold Arabesque Ballerina Necklace, there’s something for everyone in every price range.
Dance Duffle Bags
Back in the day, I would tear through a dance bag every few months. Between well-worn (and frankly, smelly) shoes, spills, sweat, rips etc… Dance bags, like a gym bag, are prone to becoming musty and should be replaced semi-often. There are tons of options for different needs and aesthetic tastes, here is a cute and affordable option for your younger dancer and a classy and practical option for your older dancer.
As a real investment in the future and training of your dancer, THE-Footstretcher by ImproveDance is an innovative tool to safely and gradually improve point. It is light and portable for ease of use (in fact, pop it in your above dance bag!) ImproveDance even hosts a Foot Exercise Program PDF full of ways to use your foot stretcher for result-driven, actionable steps. (Recommended for ages 10+.)
We’ve spoken about them before on this blog, and for good reason. AinslieWear is a leading dance wear brand out of Vancouver, BC creating beautiful and unique leotards sure to be the envy of everyone in class. Check out their Nutcracker-inspired print sheer back leotard, the stunning peek-a-boo-style Livona leotard, or the adorable and classic Pippa leotard for the younger dancers you know.
Designed in collaboration with American Ballet Theater Principals Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, these now totally iconic booties are a staple in the ballet and larger dance world. They might actually look a little silly to non-dancers, but trust me – the dancer in your life wants these booties! Protecting shoes and offering comfort, these booties are used to keep the feet warm ahead of a performance or a class.
As featured in October in Harper’s BAZAAR, popular self-care brand Tenoverten recently released their collaboration with American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Isabella Boylston: a bath soak simple name “The Recovery.” The website notes the product as being “both powerful and elegant, a recharging full-body mineral bath soak designed to repair and reset.” It soothes sore muscles with classic epsom salts, and helps to repair dry skin with colloidal oatmeal and sea salt. Infused with eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils, this bath soak is a lovely addition to your post-rehearsal routine.
For the pint-sized aspiring dancers in your family, this beautifully illustrated colouring book can be personalized to include their first name in the title and throughout the book. Inspire artistic creativity, a future in dance, and mental stimulation all in one!
Whether intended for Christmas, birthdays, graduations, or other holidays and celebrations, these gifts for dancers are evergreen! In this guide we’ve narrowed down our top picks for various levels, ages, needs, and tastes so every dancer can find their perfect match. Some heavily practical, others more aesthetic, the dancer in your life will be impressed with your knowledge of dance tools and accessories when they open these presents on the big day.