Girls on Tiptoes

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I’ve always been really reluctant to sign my kids up for classes and activities that take place on weekends. I just find the weekends to be such precious family time and I’ve never liked dropping kids off at classes (or even birthday parties for that matter) where it divides the six of us up. We’ve never been a boys-go-to-football/girls-go-shopping kind of family — we all really prefer to spend the two days together.

But this September I finally gave in. Ivy has been asking to take ballet classes for years now, and because the only available beginner ballet classes take place on a Saturday I had to make an exception to our weekend rule. So… Ivy now does ballet on Saturdays and she literally looks forward to it ALL WEEK LONG. Consequently, the ballet obsession has rubbed off on Marlow, and now, at any given point, you can be sure that at least one of my girls is wearing a tutu or ballerina leotard! (To think there was a point in my life where I had two boys and was only surrounded by trains and dinosaurs and building blocks!)

Anyway, with ballerina fever running rampant in our house, we’re really happy to have discovered the range of ballet and gymnastics wear from Girls On Tiptoes. The brand was started by three Polish mothers who have created a range of pretty-yet-playful pieces offering something more modern than the average pale pink leotard. The site, with its dreamy imagery, is mostly in Polish, but the shop is easily navigable, and I have a feeling it’s only the beginning for this great brand. You heard it here first. : )

Courtney xx


Comments (8)

January 20, 2015

I own a small pre school in rural Northamptonshire and today one of my lovely mummies was talking about how her little girl had started ballet lessons and the pink tutu really wasn’t for her or her daughter so I’m going to excitedly pass on this blog post, thank you Courtney xx

January 20, 2015

What beautiful ballet/gymnastics wear! I’m with you on (trying) to keep weekends free; we cherish our time together! Gabby has been asking about ballet, soccer, swim, and Tae Kwon Do (there is a center next to her school so she asks to peek in the window daily). We haven’t committed to anything, but will let her pick one activity in the coming year. Fingers crossed we avoid weekend practice! If she ends up choosing dance, we’ll have to explore this sweet little shop more 🙂 Thanks!

January 21, 2015

They are lovely dance clothes! May I ask how old Ivy was when she started? My 3 year old daughter is also keen but I would prefer her to be a little older when/if she starts. I am wondering how long I could reasonably put it off!

Courtney in London
January 21, 2015

Ivy was 5 when she started. I think a lot of kids start in their Reception year here in the UK, so they’re 4 going on 5. But I suppose it all depends on the child. (I don’t think Ivy is behind in the class because she didn’t start until 5.)

January 21, 2015

Starting early with ballet is to leg the kids have a feel for movement and rhythm. Mostly to setyle into a class and learn to listen. Learn to watch and play along. Your girl wouldn’t be behind if she started at 4 or 5. It’s really playful before that. Still they enjoy themselves very much! If you feel you have the time to spare and want to grand her that wish of ballet class, do whenever you two are ready!

January 21, 2015

Thanks for sharing with us Courtney!
A lovely website..really cute off-classic ballet wear. With girls there is always a passion for dance and gracial movement. My girls is constantly asking about Irish Dance, but beginners lessons are midweek from 7-8pm..that’s just insane. Much much too late after a long school day! I feel she couldn’t really enjoy it then & would fall asleep on the way home. So we settled for a Friday night class of Dance and Singing – and my older boy joins her, they enjoy it so much (they are 6 and 7).
But what is it with classes and activities that they have to be on the weekends or late during the week?

January 21, 2015

Thanks for the share! I hope sweet Ivy enjoys her ballet class!

I’m curious what other (mid-week) activities you have your children enrolled in, if any? I noticed a few photos of them playing piano – do they take lessons? Any sports? Would love to hear your approach!

January 21, 2015


The site is actually in English as well, here:


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