It’s the time of year that strikes fear and dread in the heart of many a parent… it’s time to purchase dance shoes! Last September I wrote about the lengths Lucy and I went to as we attempted to fulfill our quest for the proper equipment. We got this year’s email and not only do we have 3 pairs of shoes to buy, they have added a specific practice leotard into the mix! Cross your fingers for us as we begin our annual tour of all of the dance shops in the Charlotte metropolitan area this week…
I am a rule follower. I’ve always been this way. If I have a ticket way up in the nosebleed seats, I don’t move down to a better view just because there are empty seats there. THAT’S NOT MY SEAT, you see, and it makes me uneasy. I have a ticket for my crappy seat, and that’s where I sit. That’s the way it’s supposed to work! I’m that way when I’m given directions about tasks, too. You tell me how I’m supposed to do it, wear it, or complete it, that’s exactly, down to the smallest detail, how it will be done by me and promptly to boot. This is just how I roll.
So in August when I was emailed a list of the 3 exact brands and styles of dance shoes that Lucy needed for her upcoming class, I got right down to business. I called different dance shops and found out that the 3 different shoes I needed (let’s call them Ballet Shoe A, Tap Shoe B, and Jazz Shoe C) could only be obtained by going to two different stores. Store 1 promised that the jazz shoe *they* had was almost the same as the one on my list and nobody would know the difference, but I wasn’t falling for that! I was told to get Jazz Shoe C and if that means going to Store 2, so be it!
(This is where I should mention that dance shoes don’t really correlate to street shoe sizes. You can’t just go by yourself or order size 3 online because you already know your child wears a size 3 sneaker. She could end up needing a size 1 ½ tap shoe, a size 5 ballet shoe, and a size 2 jazz shoe. My point is, you have to drag your child with you on this errand because you just never know. Yay!)
So, task completed right?! WRONG!
A few days before dance classes started I received a second email. It turns out they changed their minds! Now Lucy needed 3 completely different styles and brands of each shoe (let’s call them Ballet Shoe D, Tap Shoe E, and Jazz Shoe F). Hmmm, well, okay. It happens. I get it. The first set of shoes hadn’t been worn yet because class hadn’t started. I could return them. I did have to go to two different stores to buy them which was a hassle, but I gave a giant sigh and made plans for returning the shoes to Store 1 and Store 2. No problem.
As I called around, I found out that to get the new Ballet Shoe D, I had to actually visit Store 3 because neither Store 1 nor Store 2 carried them. So…Lucy and I set out to hit all 3 stores one day after school. We returned Tap Shoe B to Store 1 and bought Jazz Shoe F there. Next we were off to Store 2 where we returned Ballet Shoe A and Jazz Shoe B and picked up Tap Shoe E. Once this was complete, we fought rush hour traffic to head across town to Store 3 so we could obtain the elusive Ballet Shoe D. Confused? So were the people at Visa, I’m sure, but don’t worry. Although the receipts and credits slips were piling up, I had a list, and I was keeping track of the whole thing.
At the end of it all I’d been to 3 stores, bought 6 different pairs of dance shoes, and had returned 3 of them. It all worked out fine! She started class, which she absolutely loves, and that’s where the story ends!
Except, you know very well that isn’t where the story ends. Nope, not even close. After the second week of dance class do you know what happened? Sure you do! I got a THIRD email about dance shoes, yes I did.
You see, some people had trouble finding all of the different pairs of dance shoes on the second list. OF COURSE THEY DID! You had to go to three different dance shops to find them! This was a problem because nobody normal would actually go to three different dance shops to obtain dance shoes. So…(I know you are ready for this)…they decided to go back to the ORIGINAL list of shoes (That would be Ballet Shoe A, Tap Shoe B, and Jazz Shoe C if you are keeping track). You know, the shoes that I had already purchased and returned!
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
In the end, Lucy loves her dance class. We both adore the teachers and the program to pieces. We’d never, ever go anywhere else. After all if we did, I’d have to get her new shoes.