Gift Ideas for Dancers

Looking for a gift idea for the dancer in your life? DanceWorks Kenora has recommendations below for dancers of all ages and levels.

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DanceWorks Kenora Merchandise

Show your studio pride with some DanceWorks Kenora gear, from t-shirts and tanks, to sweatpants and hoodies. View all of the sizes and options and shop anytime at the DWK Online Store.

Buy Streaming Access to a Dance Performance

COVID-19 and the related closures have been especially hard on performing arts companies. The holiday season is typically a busy one for ballet companies as they present their versions of Nutcracker or other holiday performances. While we can’t attend live shows at the moment you can still experience the magic of a professional dance performance and enjoy it right from your own home! Make it a family night experience and as a bonus feel good about supporting the arts! A few of the Canadian options for streaming are highlighted below but you could also watch productions from world class companies such as NYCB, Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, or Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Heather Ogden in the National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker

Online Training Options


Have a dancer that wants to try more classes or just can’t stop dancing at home? DanceWorks Kenora is a studio partner of CLI Studios and can give your dancer access to a student account with unlimited access to a variety of classes by top choreographers and dance professionals. Read more at clistudios.com This training program is available for current dancers at the Junior or Senior level at DanceWorks Kenora. Cost for access until the end of September 2021 is $50+HST. Contact Erin at info@danceworkskenora.com for more information or to sign-up.


Progressing Ballet Technique is a training and conditioning program that can be done at home! PBT is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program that has been designed to enhance students’ technique by focussing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance. It is a unique training system using ballet-technique specific exercises to train skill acquisition in a graded and progressive manner from junior through to advanced levels. Sign up with the DanceWorks Kenora referral link and receive 50% off a student account!

Dancewear & Accessories

A dancer can always use another pair of tights, a new bodysuit/leotard, or even a dance bag to hellp them keep their dance gear organized. Not sure what exactly your dancer might need? Give them a gift certificate and let them choose.

Books

Dancing In The Wings Boys Dance! (american Ballet Theatre) Wolfpack (young Readers Edition) World of Dance: A Barefoot Collection Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition Learn, Grow, Succeed!: A Kids Growth Mindset Journal
The Ballet Book: The Young Performer's Guide To Classical Dance Ballet Shoes Brothers Of The Knight The Nutcracker Taking Flight: From War Orphan To Star Ballerina Tap Dance Troubles Start Where You Are: A Journal For Self-exploration Firebird Welcome To Ballet School: Written By A Professional Ballerina

Gifts we do not recommend you give your dancer…

  • Pointe Shoes
    Dancers must be given approval by their teacher before buying pointe shoes and must go for a personal fitting. Pointe shoes can be damaging if dancers are too young, have not trained properly and do not have the strength and technique required for proper use.
  • Foot Stretcher
    Not necessary to use a foot stretcher to achieve the classical line. Using a foot stretcher can overly stretch ligaments and lead to instability and does nothing to help dancers gain the strength and control to maintain the pointe range.
  • Leg Stretch Bands / Flexistretcher
    Static stretching and forcing your body into a stretch are often the least effective methods of increasing flexibility and can encourage dancers to push past their safe stretch. These can be useful for some but their utility is often limited and dancers can achieve this range and line without this tool as well.