About Tidewater Dancewear
Every website has a story. My path to offering my designs and creativity in an online shop begins with my own involvement in figure skating throughout my youth. When you also peel back all the years, I enjoyed watching my Mom/skating coach on her sewing machine as she made all of my costumes. She taught me at the age of 9 how to sew, and I got hooked right from the first moment she let me use her machines. So in a way, everything you see on this website was made possible by Mom. Thanks Mom I love you!
I have my own children now, all 3 of them are ballet dancers. Currently, you will see all of them modelling most of my designs on my website. One is off to University, another dances full time at Canada's National Ballet School, and my youngest attended Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. As each of them have pursued their dancing dreams, I was there with them every stitch of the way as the parent with the sewing skills. What started out as volunteering my skills for the Nutcracker and year end school productions; after 10 years, and many many costumes later, I decided to make this "volunteer thing" a permanent job. I listed with the City of Nanaimo, opened a home based business with a "real name" and real 9-5 business hours! A lot of my previous work is highlighted in the website as a visual of what I can do for you. They were costumes that brought me great joy, and worn by lovely dancers over the years.
I am building my stock as a 1-woman army, so as you order....I'll get sewing!!! I carry lots of in-stock fabrics in a variety of colours and prints (so much that it takes up the entire lower floor of our house.) "The Tutu Room" is highly specialized and when a ready-to-wear design comes available they will be loaded onto the website. I also take custom clientele for the competition season in classical ballet, figure skating and rhythmic gymnastics. There is a newly developed boys and men's line becoming available too....because boys dance too!
Check back often, the site changes as the line expands, and book early for custom work. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting small business run by a hard working, real person....ME!