Growing Through Arts® Retailer: Ballet Petite

Ballet Petite is called “petite” for a reason: The vast majority of their dance students are between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.

A successful dance school with four locations in McLean, VA; Potomac, MD; Gaithersburg, MD; and Bethesda, MD; Ballet Petite offers parents a unique curriculum that combines dance with storytime and dress-up.

“Each class we read them a story and then we act out a story through dance,” explains manager Nancy Perenti, adding that each level has its own set of stories with its own set of costumes and props.

Ballet Petite serves about 2,000 students among its four locations, and it operates dance boutiques in two of the locations, selling everything from ballet shoes and tights to crafts, toys, jewelry and tutus.

An authorized Growing Through Arts® retailer, Ballet Petite has been carrying the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella storybooks and Practice & Play Books since early fall 2011, and Pereti is looking forward to adding more Growing Through Arts® products to her inventory.

Pereti says the Practice & Play Books have been great sellers -- perfect for Ballet Petite’s young age group.

With the storybooks, Pereti says parents are impressed with the questions that are sprinkled throughout the book that are designed to get children thinking about morals and values.

And, of course, parents love the pictures, too. “I think what they really love is the illustrations,” she says. “They’re so colorful and whimsical.”

To inquire about carrying Growing Through Arts® books, toys, costumes and accessories in your store, please contact Nic Ilieff or call 312-332-7200 ext. 505.