So, I stepped out of my comfort zone completely this morning and I did a radio interview! Never ever imagined that I would have a story to tell, much less one that anyone would be interested in listening to but once I started...well, I could be still going if I hadn’t been told we were out of time!
It was on Dublin FM with Danielle Serpico who has a show every Friday morning at 11am and concentrates on people who have come through adversity and how they have gotten to where they are today.
I told my story, from starting dance class at 2.5 yrs to starting Studio Dancewear 4 years ago, with an insight into my teaching career and going to college.
If you are interested please click HERE and NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!
Wow, what a busy time it is. With all the new terms starting, everyone is looking for new uniforms, new shoes, new leotards, new tights, new bags. It's so exciting to see how far Studio Dancewear has come in such a short space of time. I have already had one POP UP SHOP and with 2 more to come it promises to be even more exciting! I never knew or even dreamt that I would go in the direction that I have. The DanceSport side of things has really taken off with labels like CHRISANNE and more recently been approved as an agent for Brackleys of London, as well as International Dance Shoes, it really has opened my eyes to the scale of DanceSport and social dance in Ireland. You can see a range of gowns to purchase by following the link http://www.studiodancewear.ie/collections/c-h-r-i-s-a-n-n-e as well as practice wear, with dance shoes on the following link http://www.studiodancewear.ie/collections/international-dance-shoes
Leaving the DanceSport side for a moment and I am delighted to say that I am also just approved as Ireland's only stockist of the UK brand DINCWEAR which is a Contemporary/Street Dance Label. It is a really exciting label to be associated with, they are very much involved with the dance world in that they have the top UK dancers testing their range all the time. You can see their range by following the link, www.dincwear.eu I hope to have a range of their products available to purchase from my own website very shortly.
Brands have continued to grow within Studio Dancewear, I now have Capezio, Roch Valley, Freed of London, Katz, The Zone (Gymnastics), Chrisanne, International Dance Shoes, First Position, DINCWEAR, Brackleys of London, Little Ballerina and more to come and the feedback has been fantastic, particularly because I was originally an ISTD Teacher and so I know how to fit dance wear, I know the brands and I know what teachers are looking for in a dance brand.
The range that I started out with, ballet, modern, gifts have all done extremely well and as a testament to that I now have a number of schools that I am official supplier to, namely
The Ballet Barn/Aedeen O Hagan http://www.studiodancewear.ie/collections/the-ballet-barn, Castledermot Dance Academy/Helen Dunne http://www.studiodancewear.ie/collections/castledermot-dance-academy-helen-dunne, The Academy of Russian Ballet http://www.studiodancewear.ie/collections/the-academy-of-russian-ballet
Karyn Yates Dance School http://www.studiodancewear.ie/collections/karyn-yates-dance-school for which I am really appreciative of their support for local business. I hope to have some more schools coming onboard over the coming months but in the meantime if there is anything that you need please don't hesitate to contact, I'm always here to help! You can contact me either by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (087)2200131 or through my CONTACT form on my websitehttp://www.studiodancewear.ie/pages/contact-us-1
Just thought I'd let you all know about the POP UP Shop Dates that are coming soon to Carlow. They are happening on August 15th, 29th and September 12th in Carlow Gateway Business Centre, Athy Road, Carlow. I'm actually really excited about it all as it's the first BIG day out for Studio Dancewear that will feature EVERYTHING on the Website. The official RAD, ISTD Ballet Uniforms, Ballroom, Latin, Modern, Jazz as well as accessories/gifts will be on sale. Uniforms for The Ballet Barn, Carlow, Castledermot Academy of Dance, Helen Dunne's Tullow Ballet School, The Academy of Russian Ballet, Waterford among others will be available and with brands such as Capezio, Katz, Little Ballerina, Freed of London, International Dance Shoes, Chrisanne and many more you really can't go wrong! There will also be an ORDER AND COLLECT service, just ring in your order a week before the POP UP Shop and it will be ready to collect, (fitting may be necessary), how easy can you get?? There is also FREE parking so no driving around looking for a space near the entrance and then worrying about parking tickets or how long to put on the meter, its all FREE!!!! And to top it off, it's BUGGY ACCESSIBLE!!! NO steps to deal with, no small doors to deal with, everyone welcome! :-)
Just a side note: Studio Dancewear will be closed from Saturday 5th July -Saturday 26th July Incl however, orders can still be made throughout the website, with a FREE gift for every order placed during these dates, or Custom Orders can be enquired about either through the contact page or the custom order page.
Really looking forward to the year ahead, thank you to everyone for all your support :-)
See you all in August!!!
Next weekend, May 16/17 2015, is a really BIG weekend for me. I'm taking a stand out at the Irish Open in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow. It's a weekend of dance featuring Ballroom, Latin and Hip Hop and I'm really excited! I've had so much support from my suppliers and I'm delighted to be an official supplier of Chrisanne Couture and Practice Wear, as well as Roch Valley, Capezio, Katz and First Position among others. It's going to be busy, I'm just getting my stock organised, from ballroom gowns, practice wear for men and ladies, shoes for children, ladies and men and a few bits and pieces in between!! I'll let you all know how it all goes but for now why not have a quick look at what's available in my store, new products added just today, from shoes to key rings :-) An amazing offer available on Chrisanne Ballroom Gowns online NOW! 50% off RRP, but hurry this offer won't last forever!
And if you are around next weekend please head over and say hi, mention this blog and receive a free gift!
Just over a week ago, Thursday 9th April, I held a pop-up shop in the GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow in connection to The Ballet Barn's Performance of Peter Pan Fairies and Broomsticks. It was so much fun and so busy! I met so many new people who had nothing but good wishes for me and also saw a lot of faces that I had previously met. I actually sold out of hair nets, tights, bun nets and some sizes of ballet shoes, even though I had specifically bought in extra stock! I hope to hold more days like this in the not too distant future. It also brought back a lot of memories from my own teaching days, tiny tots so in awe of the stage and lights, a little bit apprehensive but so excited when they eventually heard the familiar music. Then there were the seniors who just took to the stage like a second home, I actually felt a pang of jealousy, but at least I am still involved to a degree...without the worry of costumes not fitting, getting ripped or worse still disappearing!!!
Thank you to Ms Aedeen O'Hagan and all involved for their continued support and good wishes, I couldn't have imagined a better start.
Full uniform for The Ballet Barn, Carlow is available now by clicking on the following link
Last weekend, 22nd March, 2015, I had the pleasure of attending a Grishko Pointe Shoe Fitting Course in Heathrow, London. It was something that I have wanted to do for a very long time, but I actually never thought I would do, not because I couldn't but because I just never thought I would need to do one. But now, with the success of Studio Dancewear, it's another element that I needed to do in order to offer an all encompassing service to the dancer's world. I can't even begin to tell you what it was like to walk into the room at the Crowne Plaza seeing all of the Pointe Shoes laid out, with accessories to match, not to mention the Tendu Dancewear also available through Grishko UK. Then we started.... A foot is not just a foot....it's a very complicated and technical piece of engineering and amazing to see the intricate details of what it means to the foot when doing pointe work. Not only did we get to see and learn about fitting but we also did the practical work of feeling feet to see the difference between a dancer/non dancers foot, a part time dancer and an occasional dancer and then finally we got to see what a proper shoe fitting entails and the end result of what a correct pointe shoe looks like on a foot, so beautiful and elegant like they are part of the foot and meant to be there.
I will in time, hopefully not too long, begin to offer appointments to girls who are ready, both physically and mentally, for a Grishko Pointe Shoe Fitting. Appointments and fittings will only be offered through appointments as there are a lot of things to consider before fitting pointe shoes. If you are interested in talking to me regarding a fitting please fill in the "contact" form and I will get back to you as soon as possible.