As a parent of a local dancer for over 15 years, I have years of comprehensive knowledge and experience in the needs of dancers. In the early years I spent countless hours driving the surrounding states in search of dancewear. I even had family members involved!! Locally the stores didn't have everything I needed in one place nor the variety to fit my daughter's "hard to fit" feet. I drove to many different stores to get the things I needed. In addition, I knew I was being overcharged.
My next adventure was the internet. The net had all the things I needed in one place and the prices seemed better. Unfortunately, half the items I bought had to be returned due to sizing issues. I discovered in the end, it wasn't as much of a bargain as I had hoped for! In sheer frustration, TwinkleToes was born.
I felt that with my family's background in owning businesses and the knowledge I had gained from running the backstage for 11 years and having the determination to be successful without overcharging my customers, I could make TwinkleToes successful!!
My Experience Fitting Pointe Shoes
I have been fitting pointe shoes for the past 14 years now at TwinkleToes. I take pride in the fact I take the time to fit properly and I care that you get the best fit possible. I do not rush the process and make sure I do not sell you a pair of shoes just to make a sale. If I don't have the pointe shoe you need, I will order it for you. If I can not fit you properly, I will send you to another store that I feel will be able to. I fit each and every student as if you were my own daughter.
In 2003, before opening TwinkleToes, I attended a 2 day fitting seminar given by Marlana, master fitter and owner of PrimaSoft dancewear. Additionally during the past 9 years, I have also continued to train by both attending seminars given at Dance Retailer News Conventions where each pointe shoe fitting seminars are put on by many of the top pointe shoe companies including Russian Pointe, Bloch and Capezio and also by researching what other professional fitters have written on the subject.
I am excited that in November 2009 Chelsey and I flew to Chicago to attend a weekend seminar given by Russian Pointe. We are proud to display our certificates of continuing education in pointe shoe fitting! I will always continue to learn and train to keep up with the ever changing world of pointe shoes!