Boots, hiking shoes and outdoor gear are not the only merchandise in retail specialty clothing stores. Many adults and children in Minnesota are avid ballet students and dance pros. A number of local dance studios and locally owned retail stores carry dancer apparel, shoes and accessories for ballet dancers of all ages. Dancers who need everything but have little time to shop around can get many of their items at these convenient one-stop dance apparel stores.

Just For Kix
7842 College Road
Baxter, MN 56425
Phone: (800) 762-3347
www.justforkix.com

A low-cost dance studio and apparel store, Just For Kix believes in those who love to dance. It’s apparent in the practical dancewear, soft and glittering ballet costumes and snappy urban edge ensembles. The store sells ballet, ballroom and contemporary dance shoes. It also sells protective footwear and comfortable sneakers. Generous clearances and discounts make shopping affordable as well as convenient.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Grand Jete
975 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: (651) 227-0331
www.grandjete.com

A store meant for the serious dancer, Grand Jete has plenty of stylish dance shoes to stuff into your closet. Although Grand Jete carries a variety of dance shoes and apparel, the focus is on ballet. The flexible and form fitting dancewear promotes movement and comfort. Ruthena Fink, a lifelong ballet dancer, opened the store in 1983 to provide personalized services to dedicated ballet dancers. She admits it was a big leap forward that turned out to be successful.

Step ‘N Stretch, Inc.
12957 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Phone: (952) 591-1040
www.stepnstretch.com

Why go elsewhere for dance shoes and apparel? With locations in Burnsville, Blaine, Woodbury and Minnetonka, Step ‘N Stretch covers a good stretch of Minnesota. This local dancewear chain sells ballet slippers, ballet pointe and other dance shoes. On the rack are leotards and movement apparel for men, women and children. It’s one of the few stores where men who study dance can get a good selection of dance gear. The casual dancewear is very durable for gymnastic workouts as well as ballet.

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JT’s Dancewear
2214 5th St., Suite 3
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 653-9992
www.jtsdancewear.com

Nothing can be better than a community-friendly shop where adults and children can get affordable dance shoes, attractive apparel and accessories. A lovely retail store, JT’s Dancewear also fits customers for dance shoes and replaces dance shoes that have worn out. Many ballerinas come to JT’s for pointe shoe replacement. The form-fitting dancewear is esoterically chic in assorted patterns and colors. The accessories complement dance costumes and beautifully touch up a wardrobe. Group discounts on tights, shoes and leotards are available to dance studios and dance groups.

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Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.

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