Active wear for the whole family.
On Your Toes Performance Wear is owned by Adrienne Hansen, a classically trained ballerina and competition dance-mom. She was a school teacher for 17 years, including five years at Durant, before opening the store’s doors in August 2018. She knew Downtown Durant was the place to be with the sense of community, fun, and upcoming growth.
Adrienne attended Tuzer Ballet in Richardson, Texas and realized her dream of performing in “The Nutcracker” not once, but twice! She recalled her instructor, Tanju, tapping a cane on the floor so the students could feel the rhythm in their feet while a pianist played their music. Mr. Tuzer danced into his 70’s and recently passed away but his teaching is still alive at the studio and in his students’ hearts.
Not everything in the store is pink and frilly. While you will find the traditional black and blush pink leotards there are neon prints, velvet, mesh, and other fashion forward styles. Sizes range from teeny tiny tots to adults- including men’s sizes. Several price point options are perfect for any budget. Dance brands include Bloch, Dance Class, Yofi, and even Gaynor Minden to name a few.
In November a professional Gaynor Minden pointe shoe fitter from New York will be on site. On Your Toes is the only retailer between Oklahoma City and Dallas for this brand so don’t miss this opportunity for your custom fitting! Follow the store’s Facebook page for more information.
A child’s first pair of dance shoes is a special event and you won’t go wrong at On Your Toes. There are classic or sparkly ballet shoes and tiny pairs of clogs. Nearby you’ll find magical “try-on tents” for tutu prancing- which is perfect for photos ops! You can even get matching performance outfits for your daughter’s dolls… just in case Santa didn’t take good notes and you need some ideas.
Have a dance-wear crisis at the last minute? Give Adrienne a shout on Facebook for the store’s “emergency” hours. She keeps tights, Stick-It, sensitive skin friendly false eyelashes, and other necessities on hand for your convenience.
On Your Toes isn’t just for ballerinas, though. They welcome clog, tap, jazz, gymnasts, cheer, SOSU Sparks, OSF kids, and more. The whole family can get into the fun with a selection of Spirit wear to cheer on their dancers or show off school spirit. For the movers and shakers, be sure to check out the variety of adult activewear. If you’re looking for high quality and fashionable workout wear, they have a great selection with more on the way. Finish filling your gym bag with water bottles and other accessories… or pick something out for your athletic friend or family member. (Perfect for stocking stuffers!)
Get your hot glue guns ready: A super fun dance-shoe decorating contest is scheduled for the last week of November. If you don’t have any shoes to decorate, stop by the store for a donated pair! Winners will be announced December 4th and prizes range from Nutcracker gear at On Your Toes to tickets to “The Nutcracker” performance in Oklahoma City including meeting the performers at The Nutcracker Tea.
She made me want to dance again… Adrianne has a passion for dance and you can see the magic that music brings in her eyes. For a one-of-a-kind experience, please stop by and see for yourself!