Founded in 1990, Dance Shop at The Nutmeg has been the premiere dance shop in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.
Ezabeth Tacas, a dancer mother and Nutmeg Volunteer, founded the original shop in a small storefront next to The Nutmeg Conservatory on Water Street in downtown Torrington. Mrs. Tacas ran the store with featured items for Nutmeg's students; such as leotards, tights, and ballet shoes. As the store became known and gained local popularity, merchandise included tap, jazz and hip hop shoes and attire. In 2001, the dance shop moved to 62 Main Street to continue its alliance with The Nutmeg Conservatory. The shop moved into a storefront that was originally a jewelry store, Louis Tunick Company, founded in 1900. In restoring the storefront, The Dance Shop kept some of the original cases from the jewelry store and matched its new cases to the original.
The turn of the century history, with the 21st century products, gives the dance shop a unique feel. Walking through our front door, you are graced with our impressive collection of Pointe Shoes where we offer pointe shoe fittings at any given time with our staff of Master Fitters. Shoes from Bloch, Capezio, Freed, Gaynor Minden, Grishko, Mirella, Russian Pointe and Suffolk are all carried in stock. We take pride in working with each dancer to ensure they leave happy in their shoe. We consult with teachers, and encourage dancers to as well, respecting their experienced knowledge of dance and their student. We offer pointe shoe sewing for the first time pointe shoe dancer, or a mother who isn't as confident in their sewing abilities.
We carry dancewear for girls/ladies and boys/men, in children's sizes from toddler to x-large, and adult sizes from x-small to x-large. Our inventory includes many fashionable styles and colors. Should your style, color or size need to be ordered, we align with many top suppliers for quick order/delivery. We carry inventory of all current Nutmeg Conservatory and Torrington School of Ballet dress code styles; as well, dress code for other local, dance schools.
The dance shop has more than just classical ballet wear. We carry a range of tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop shoes and attire. Our variety of suppliers provide us with a vast array of styles and fits to please anyone!
As part of the Nutmeg Conservatory, our shop is non-profit. Portions of our sales go toward supporting Nutmeg Conservatory and benefit the costume and production departments. Your purchases help the Nutmeg dancers wear beautiful costumes during their performances and have the perfect prop to complete their storytelling.
If you are in our local area, come in and visit our beautiful, history filled shop. We would love to show you around, help you with the products you need and fill you with our passion and love for dance. We welcome all visitors with open arms.