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The 15th century introduced the world to the art of ballet, and since then has been the foundation and inspiration to various other dance forms that have come after. It is an art that takes years of practice under a master and also needs the proper attire. Here are the best ballet apparel stores for children and adults in the Orange County area to get their hands on the latest threads and trends.
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Dancer’s Choice
4237 Campus Drive, Suite B155
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 387-2003
www.shopdancerschoice.com

This family-owned company is a shop for dancers by dancers. The doors were officially opened in 2003 by owner Grace Lee in Aliso Viejo after she realized the need for more affordable dance supplies in the area. Along with her daughter, Josephine Lee, they opened the second branch in Irvine in 2011. It is easily one of the best dance supply stores in the region that also provides pointe shoe fitting. Josephine is professionally trained to fit pointe shoes and has done so since the age of 15!

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Dance Threadz
16481 Springdale St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 377-9902
dancethreadzhb.com

For more than 12 years, the Huntington Beach store owner, Marylou Bodul, has built a successful business with three basic principles: first class service, top quality merchandise and competitive pricing. One unique quality that is very important when looking for any ballet shoes is the fitting, which Bodul also provides by appointment as a specialist. The personalized experience with the owner leaves many customers wanting to come back later for more. 

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Cathy’s Paradise Dancewear
18589 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 962-5600
paradisedancewear.com

The local boutique has been serving the community for more than eight years with favorable prices and desirable brands. The owner comes with more than 15 years of experience in the dance industry and even offers pointe shoe fittings. Locals enjoy the personal experience and the amazing customer service. No matter your age, there are options including dance and gymnastics clothing, costumes, accessories, shoes and theatrical costumes.

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Primadonna Tutus
1594 Monrovia Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 629-1007
www.primmadonnatutus.com

Founded in 1988, Primadonna Tutus brought the specialized nature of tutu-making out of the theatrical costume shops that catered Broadway productions and instead make it more accessible and affordable for the Southern California region. The idea of “building your own tutu” is one that is unique and one which Primadonna does very well. They are known for providing tutus for various film and television productions, including “Center Stage” and “Black Swan.” Keeping the line affordable and limited has kept with their unique stature. 

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Discount Dance Supply
1501 N. Raymond Ave., Suite E
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 999-0955
www.discountdance.com

Finding a great deal will not be difficult at the Discount Dance Supply which has everything including amateur and professional clothes and gear. From unitards to ballet slippers, this location has all the of the latest trends for both adults and children. For many locals and those from out of town, this store has been a source for all dance supplies from slippers, leotards and much more. Many locals who visit this location enjoy their time as they look for the right supplies and appreciate the affordable prices.

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Elle Toussi is a freelance journalist covering all things Southern California. She has traveled to the Middle East in 2013 and 2014 covering the Syrian refugee situation in Jordan. That experience inspired her to become the founder of InOneMinute.org which uses the power of mobile technology and philanthropy to meet specific needs of women around the world. Her previous work can also be found on Examiner.com and AXS.com.

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