Ballet is a serious study in dance, but it is also useful for anyone looking to become more flexible or have more discipline with their body. All dance stems from ballet. Anyone who has danced will tell you that when times get tough and you need to center yourself, you return to the barre. If you are looking for ballet apparel for the young ballerina in your life, or even yourself, here are the top 5 places to get ballet apparel in Philadelphia.
Avenue Of Arts Dancewear
1129 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 467-1677
www.avenueoftheartsdancewear.comAvenue of the Arts Dancewear was established in 1995, and is one of the most popular choices for picking up Ballet Apparel. Avenue Arts Dancewear has one of the widest assortments of dancewear and apparel, plus convenient Sunday hours (1-4 p.m.), which are hard to find. Newly popular warm up booties can also be found here. The store is conveniently located in Southern Center City, accessible by train, patco and bus. Dancers also work here, so if you are new to the dance world you can ask questions. They also carry high-end dance wear as well.
Rosin Box
2050 Samson St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-9134
www.therosinbox.comRosin Box is family owned and operated since 1977. The Jenkins have been fitting dancer’s feet and providing one-stop shopping for dancers and dance supporters. You can find all of your dance needs, including shoes from Capezio, Bloch and Sansha, at their center city location. Open during the day Mon-Friday until 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Swan Dancewear
234 Haverford Ave.
Narberth PA 19072
(484) 278-4338
www.swandancewear.comSwan Dancewear is described as a knowledgeable, full-service, high-quality dance store. This is where you want to go when you are serious about dance. The staff is full of professional dancers and teachers. You can find apparel, shoes and yoga and dance accessories. Swan Dancewear also carries gymnastics and Pilate’s apparel. Some name brands found here are Bloch, Capezio, Body Wrappers and Motion, plus many more.  The store is owned by former professional dancer Marla Kaine. Swan also provides pointe shoe fittings.Related: Top Up-And-Coming Local Brands In Philadelphia

Baum’s Dancewear
1805 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 923-2246
www.baumsdancewear.comBaum’s has been selling dancewear in Philly for a long time and carries a decent selection of standard dancewear such as leotards and tights. It is one of the top places to purchase dance apparel because of the price, as they are considered reasonable by patrons. It may not be the number one choice for customer service, so this is not the store to go to if you are new to the dance world. But it is where you can go if you know what it is you need.
30 W. Lancaster Pike
Paoli, PA 19301
(610) 251-2344
www.danceline.comDanceLine has been a supporter of dance since 1993 and guarantees their fittings. The store has a wide variety for numerous styles of dance apparel shoes and accessories. This can be a one-stop store even if you are buying apparel for other forms of dance or gymnastics as they carry many types of costumes for other types of dance, such as Latin. Visitors have described them as having a helpful  and friendly staff. You can find what you need here for all ages and styles. The store is open all week and Sunday from noon – 3 p.m. (or by appointment). They also have contacts in the educational world of dance, whether you are looking for a school or a studio.Related: Top Spots To Buy Swimsuits Philadelphia

Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here