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How do you survive the massive bills for dance lessons, enormous costs of dance dresses and shoes and other related stuff they 'have to have' in order to compete on the circuit... it's crazy!! Anyone … Read More
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
How do you survive the massive bills for dance lessons, enormous costs of dance dresses and shoes and other related stuff they 'have to have' in order to compete on the circuit... it's crazy!! Anyone have a similar experience or tips to remain sane??

And yes to those of you who don't have dancers... its bonkers... so is every other hobby so equal stories welcome!
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
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#1
buy a sewing machine.
#2
shadey12
buy a sewing machine.


Intelligent response from someone who obviously is not aware of the dance circuit or dress making... and how picky the dance council is on rules and regs for outfits... and how much the make of dress can influence... thanks for spending the time to amuse yourself with the witty response though
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foxylady*
shadey12
buy a sewing machine.
Intelligent response from someone who obviously is not aware of the dance circuit or dress making... and how picky the dance council is on rules and regs for outfits... and how much the make of dress can influence... thanks for spending the time to amuse yourself with the witty response though

Nice & friendly reply.

The mums mostly dont work & use hubbys money to pursue the ridiculous or almost bankrupt the family with credit cards & loans.
#4
foxylady*
shadey12
buy a sewing machine.


Intelligent response from someone who obviously is not aware of the dance circuit or dress making... and how picky the dance council is on rules and regs for outfits... and how much the make of dress can influence... thanks for spending the time to amuse yourself with the witty response though


wasn't trying to be witty,
if you haven't got the money don't do it, I was merely suggesting get good at sewing.
#5
YouDontWantToKnow
foxylady*
shadey12
buy a sewing machine.
Intelligent response from someone who obviously is not aware of the dance circuit or dress making... and how picky the dance council is on rules and regs for outfits... and how much the make of dress can influence... thanks for spending the time to amuse yourself with the witty response though

Nice & friendly reply.

The mums mostly dont work & use hubbys money to pursue the ridiculous or almost bankrupt the family with credit cards & loans.



I agree for the most part, it is that way. In my case, I pay for everything being the sole parent, and have no delusions of grandeur. My daughter loves and lives for dancing, it makes her happy. I can afford it, just looking to see if there are any other parents out there that know what I mean :-)
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shadey12
foxylady*
shadey12
buy a sewing machine.


Intelligent response from someone who obviously is not aware of the dance circuit or dress making... and how picky the dance council is on rules and regs for outfits... and how much the make of dress can influence... thanks for spending the time to amuse yourself with the witty response though


wasn't trying to be witty,
if you haven't got the money don't do it, I was merely suggesting get good at sewing.


I apologise then if you were being serious. Unfortunately, due to my career I literally don't have time to pursue dress making to the standard that would be needed. I have looked into it, and it would take years for me to learn it in my spare time. It's a necessary evil having to buy a good quality dress. It's a little like me having a bash at making their school uniforms, the other children would have a field day picking on my horrible sewing. I'm more brains than practical work I'm afraid! But thank you for the practical suggestion ;)
#7
foxylady*
shadey12
foxylady*
shadey12
buy a sewing machine.


Intelligent response from someone who obviously is not aware of the dance circuit or dress making... and how picky the dance council is on rules and regs for outfits... and how much the make of dress can influence... thanks for spending the time to amuse yourself with the witty response though


wasn't trying to be witty,
if you haven't got the money don't do it, I was merely suggesting get good at sewing.


I apologise then if you were being serious. Unfortunately, due to my career I literally don't have time to pursue dress making to the standard that would be needed. I have looked into it, and it would take years for me to learn it in my spare time. It's a necessary evil having to buy a good quality dress. It's a little like me having a bash at making their school uniforms, the other children would have a field day picking on my horrible sewing. I'm more brains than practical work I'm afraid! But thank you for the practical suggestion ;)


if the dance council have rules and regs you need to comply with hukd may not be the place to ask, perhaps a forum on the subject would reap better results.
I would not think the clothes are mass produced in a factory, I would think they are one offs, maybe find someone doing a fashion course, you supply the material they make the clothes for the experience.
#8
shadey12
foxylady*
shadey12
foxylady*
shadey12
buy a sewing machine.


Intelligent response from someone who obviously is not aware of the dance circuit or dress making... and how picky the dance council is on rules and regs for outfits... and how much the make of dress can influence... thanks for spending the time to amuse yourself with the witty response though


wasn't trying to be witty,
if you haven't got the money don't do it, I was merely suggesting get good at sewing.


I apologise then if you were being serious. Unfortunately, due to my career I literally don't have time to pursue dress making to the standard that would be needed. I have looked into it, and it would take years for me to learn it in my spare time. It's a necessary evil having to buy a good quality dress. It's a little like me having a bash at making their school uniforms, the other children would have a field day picking on my horrible sewing. I'm more brains than practical work I'm afraid! But thank you for the practical suggestion ;)


if the dance council have rules and regs you need to comply with hukd may not be the place to ask, perhaps a forum on the subject would reap better results.
I would not think the clothes are mass produced in a factory, I would think they are one offs, maybe find someone doing a fashion course, you supply the material they make the clothes for the experience.


That's a really good idea actually. Thanks. Yeah they have regs which are very tough to comply with yet certain dressmakers are able to get around rules somehow. As long as it has the very large tag on it... it's allowed. But if you make your own... it's picked up. It can honestly end up being insanely expensive as everyone loses their mind and tries to out-do everyone else. It's a shame that it couldn't be about the dancing only. It's the same with all hobbies though I've found.

And yes a forum elsewhere would probably be useful. But in all honestly, I wanted to find a dance mum or dad here that think it's all a bit bonkers and wanted to share stories and no judgement. Optimistic I know, but anyone with kids who love their hobbies understand. It's about moderating between wanting to give them the best chance at having a brilliant time, and realising that most of it is unnecessary. On the forums, I think I will just end up speaking to other mums who think it's totally fine to spend a thousand pounds on a dress then another £500 on staying in posh hotel, having hair and make up done by professional, shoes, fake tan, etc etc. I wanted to have a friendly moan with other money savers <3
#9
If the Dance Council demand certain brands. Then I smell corruption, how can they justify that. I suspect lined pockets from the clothing brands.
Is it in black and white in the regs?
My sister used to figure skate. No issues with where outfits came from but you had to buy the right skates. 20 years ago the blades were £120 and boots £240. Boots lasted 3 months before ankle supports wore out.
#10
Oneday77
If the Dance Council demand certain brands. Then I smell corruption, how can they justify that. I suspect lined pockets from the clothing brands.
Is it in black and white in the regs?
My sister used to figure skate. No issues with where outfits came from but you had to buy the right skates. 20 years ago the blades were £120 and boots £240. Boots lasted 3 months before ankle supports wore out.


Same thing really, regs are there but often ignored by dress makers, probably because if they were strict then they would lose their customers (the parents spending the money). Also seems as though the dress adds to the score, as well as hair, make-up etc. They get noticed and watched if they look good. I guess that's why I asked for someone to relate to because I feel frustrated, so annoying that this is a thing.

I know that swimmers have to have particular swimming costumes and horse riders had to have this in vogue helmet that is £600... it drives me nuts! X)
#11
missleading
Have you looked at Aliexpress? I suspect the quality isn't high, but there seem to be many users buying in bulk for occasional wear. Check the sellers' feedback carefully.
https://www.aliexpress.com/category/200098003/dance-shoes.html?site=glo&isrefine=y
https://www.aliexpress.com/category/100003240/stage-dance-wear.html?site=glo&isrefine=y


Looks great but coming up as US dollars so is this okay to buy from, I've never heard of it so apologies for ignorance on my part x
#13
No different to kids that have to buy cricket kit /equipment...cost hundreds of pounds every year for 3 months use.

Sacrifices have to be made unfortunately

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