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guided meditation for perfectionism in dancers

Guided Meditation for Healing Perfectionism in Dancers with Erin Pride

Written by
Erin Pride
Date
November 20, 2020

Guided Meditation for Healing Perfectionism in Dancers

By Erin Pride


“All the things we really want in life are unlimited, and they belong to us at all times!”
-Nicole Theron Parkes

Whether you are seeking growth, joy, expansion in dance, whatever you’re looking for, it’s already yours!

Because the truth is, no matter where you are in your journey through healing, you are enough!

This blog post is inspired by a recent episode of Dance Boss Podcast, where I interviewed and had an empowering conversation with Nicole Theron Parkes of Body Love Dance

We dove into how she helps dancers connect to the light and heal trauma through dance.

Her energy is bright and magnetic. How cool is that!?

She also guided us through a mini session on how to clear out those mind monsters that drive us crazy! One of my mind monsters is perfectionism…

Perfection is something we all struggle with, but it is something I especially see in dancers. Dancers take years perfecting themselves and their bodies which can take a toll on their psyche, yet is praised in our industry…

This great discipline that is ingrained in dancers isn’t always bad and can be used in several aspects of our life, however, can also be a detriment if we aren’t able to separate our craft, and who we are...

Today, I’m sharing with you Nicole’s amazing guided meditation to tackle our mind monsters in order to break free of perfectionism as dancers and human beings!

Now, depending on your learning style, you can read the meditation below while you work through the steps or listen by going to the Dance Boss Podcast Episode HERE starting at 27:16.

Enjoy!

All right, so if you feel comfortable you can close your eyes, or you can keep them open, whatever is best. I like to put my hands on my heart, but you're welcome to put one hand on your heart, one hand on your belly, have your hands hanging, whatever feels best for you. There's no wrong way to do this, so whatever comes up, we're just going to honor it, going to let it be what it is. 

  • We're going to start by taking three really deep breaths, try to breathe really deep into your belly, and have a nice exhale. I like to make some sound when I exhale.

  • All right, and I'm going to connect us to the light. What you're going to do is you're going to take a minute and come into your body, whatever that means for you. I like to drop my awareness into my belly area, that's where I feel my power and my center and where I feel the most grounded, but you can also feel your feet on the floor, that can be really grounding, or if you want to put your hands on the floor, that can be grounding, too.

  • And now with your eyes closed, you're going to take your attention up, so it's like you're looking up but your eyes are still closed. So you go up through the ceiling, up through the clouds, past the sun, into the galaxy, past the stars, and you just keep going up and up and up until you connect to what my coach calls the light. That's this realm above us that's full of light, feels really joyful, when you're connected to it you feel really calm and grounded, it's very loving. It's like a cotton candy hug.

  • So you're going to connect to that light, and then that light flows down through the universe and right into your body. It's going to flow into our brains, washing away any tension we hold, any thoughts of perfectionism, and anyway that thoughts of perfectionism have come up in your life, the places that perfectionism started for you, what keeps it in place, anything about perfectionism, tension, overwhelm, anxiety, we're going to let the light completely wash our brain.

  • Let this light flow down into your eyebrows, your third eye, your eyes, your jaw. I know I hold a lot of tension in my jaw and in my face. In your ears. Letting this light come in and it loving clears out your vision and your hearing so that when you walk through the world, you hear a lot of love and you know that you're enough, you know that everything that you do is enough. And so you can walk through the world, you can do your work, do your thing, and then you can step away because it's done, it's exactly what it's supposed to be, it's perfect just the way it is, and it's enough.

  • So let this light flow down into your throat, clearing out your throat, so anywhere that you are scared to say things, scared to do things, scared to try things because you're worried"I'm not going to be able to do it perfectly. It's never going to be perfect, so I might as well not even try." Letting all that wash away. Letting the light wash down into your shoulders, your arms, your hands, your chest cavity, wrapping around your heart, taking away any wounding around perfectionism. Any times that people have told you in the past that your work isn't good enough or that you're not good enough or that you should have done something differently, you should have known better, anywhere you're telling yourself"I should have known better, I should have done this better," anywhere that you're not forgiving yourself and not forgiving others, we're going to let that wash out of our hearts today.

  • Going to let the light flow down into our solar plexus, into our deep belly, our sacral chakra, washing any perfectionism that we hold in our bellies, any perfectionism that we put in the way of our own power, so any time that you're saying"I am not light enough, my light is not bright enough to shine, I am not perfect enough, I'm not ready to share my light with the world." Any of those excuses that you have, we're going to let the light come in and clear them out of our deep belly space.

  • Letting the light flow into our root, anything that's in the way of us feeling really grounded, grounded in the knowing that you are perfect, that wherever you are right now is exactly where you're supposed to be in your life, and letting go of any push and pull that we hold on to. "Maybe I should be doing this, maybe I shouldn't have done that." Any jumping into the past or jumping into the future that takes you out of the present moment, we're going to let all that go, too.

  • Letting the light flow down into your legs, your knees, your calves, your ankles, your feet, and this light flows right into the earth and it flows all the way down to the very center of our mother, of nature, of where we come from, of who we really are and the natural rhythm and flow of our lives and our bodies. And in nature, my coach always likes to say that everything is perfect, so because you are a part of nature, that means that you're perfect too, and your version of perfect, your version of your path, it might not look like anyone else's and that's totally okay. You just get to be where you are and you can always grow and you can always change, but it's a real gift to give yourself to be able to be happy and peaceful and okay with where you are right now.

  • We're going to connect to the center of the planet, so you might see a certain color might come up, a certain feeling, and if not, you can just connect to mother nature and think about how it feels to have the earth hold you and support you, and we're just going to take a couple of breaths just to breathe into the earth, feeling really rooted and really grounded, coming home to our bodies and to nature. Coming home to the original connection. 

  • Before social media, this is the original connection, right? Connecting to the earth, connecting to humans everywhere, animals, plants, colors, sky. Just be so deeply connected to everything that's around us and to who we are, and coming back to this original source of perfection, which has nothing to do with the types of perfection we've invented in the manmade world. This is just pure, natural perfection from nature.

  • Now we're going to let the light come up from the earth and down from the heavens and it's going to connect into us, and it makes us glow like a shining star and we get to spread this light all throughout our bodies, through the room we're in, the state, the country, let it wrap around the planet. I like to imagine giving the earth a big hug. And then we let this light travel out even bigger because we're all unlimited energetic beings. So even though sometimes in our lives we choose to play small, our energy fields really are bigger than the planet, so it's nice to be able to try on this unlimited feeling for just a little bit because sometimes it can feel overwhelming, but it's nice to just connect and know how unlimited we are, just like healing is unlimited, dance is unlimited, joy is unlimited, all the things that we really want in life are unlimited and they belong to us at all times.

  • While you're here, connected to this light, I want you to think about what the word"Perfectionism" means to you. I can be an image, a memory, a color, a feeling in your body. Just connect to what the first image or thought is that comes up for you. You don't have to dissect it or hold it for very long. Just be aware of what it is. And then we're going to find it in our body. Where in your body do you feel perfectionism? And the negative repercussions of perfectionism that hold you back, that make you feel small, that make you feel scared, that make you feel overwhelmed? You're going to find it in your body, for me it's in my upper back, it can be anywhere for you, there's no right way to do this, there's no wrong way to do this. Your body will tell you exactly what you need to know.

  • Connect to that part of your body, and we're just going to start slowly moving that part of your body in a way that feels good. You might want to do a figure-eight pattern, you might want to circle, do circles. You might want to shake, shake it out. We're just going to work to get the energy loosened up a little bit so that we can work with it. Remember to breathe while you're doing this because sometimes it can feel tension or be a little painful when you're going into a spot in your body that's held something for so long, so just be really gentle with yourself and go slow. And when you find a movement that feels good, see if you can make it even bigger. See if energetically when you move you can touch the four corners of the room that you're in, letting it expand out, so the more we open up this part of our body, the more space there is, and then we can ask the perfectionism and start taking the perfectionism out, and then it can just naturally fall away and then we're left with a lot more space for whatever we would rather have instead because having perfectionism is not very fun. See if you can go even bigger!

  • And now we're going to start gently shaking this part of our body, you can stand up if that's easier, you can move to a different position, you can lie on the floor and shake, too. Whatever works. We're going to visualize whatever the perfectionism feels like for you, whatever it looks like, you're just shaking it out of your body and it's going to fall into the earth and it's gone. The earth is going to change it into a flower or into more grass or into something really, really wonderful. So it's really nice to know that we can take this wound or this tension and this burden and we can give it back and it gets to be transformed into something really beautiful.

  • So shake it all out. And you can breathe, you can sound it out. You can use your hands or other parts of your body, too, to imagine pushing it into the earth, shaking it into the earth, dropping it into the earth. You can take your hands, too, and you can scoop it up and drop it down, almost like you're planting a garden like you're dropping soil down to the earth. Sometimes that feels really good, to take your hands and actually feel like you're moving the energy out. So we're going to scoop it, shake it. And even if it doesn't completely clear today, just focusing on it and setting the intention for it to leave, it will leave at some point. If you can just keep going through your day, it's going to process in the background, and one day you'll turn around and be like"Oh, wow, I don't have that anymore, that's so nice.".Finish up dropping it into the earth, shaking it out, scooping it up, and then we're just going to finish with one short dance flow. You can take a minute or two to move. Before we move, I want you to think about what feeling do you want to have instead of perfectionism. 

  • Now we've opened up our bodies, we have all this space, we've just cleared a whole bunch of junk and we get to choose what we want to fill it with. Think about the one word or the feeling that you want to fill it with, so it can be joy, calm, peace, love, bravery, whatever it is that you feel like you need at this moment, I just want you to hold the word or the feeling in your heart and then we're going to move and we're going to dance, and dance is just movement, so it doesn't have to look a certain way or be anything. Just let your body move through and dance this new feeling. If you picked joy, think about having your heart full of joy, and then move how you want to feel joy in your body and how you want your relationship with joy to feel, so you might jump up and down, you might do some turns, you might lie on the floor, you might tug yourself, whatever comes up, I just want you to trust that that's exactly how your body wants to relate to that feeling at this time. And any time you do a movement flow, even if you do the same flow every day for the rest of your life, it's always going to look different, and that doesn't mean anything, it just means that right now, this is what your body needs, and if you were to do this tomorrow, your body might need something totally different. So just trust that whatever feeling pops into your head first is exactly what you need even if you didn't know that that's what you needed, and whatever movement comes up is also exactly what you need.

  • So we're just going to move here just for another 30, 45 seconds. You can visualize that word, that feeling settling into every single cell in your body, all the spaces between your cells, it's like it radiates out every pore of your skin, it drops into the earth, it might allow you to sit up taller, to open up your chest, to open up your throat. You also might want to make some noise while you're doing this. It's perfectly normal to want to scream or sing or cry or laugh, so it's not just always about movement, it also can be about sound and movement or stillness and then movement. This can look like a lot of different things, and whatever it looks like is always perfect.

  • All right, we're going to move for just another 10 seconds. Let the feeling really wash over you. Really integrate it into you. And now we're going to finish by we're going to put both hands on our heart, and you can still move while we do this or if you want to come into stillness, that's perfectly fine, too, and I just want you to hold that word, that feeling in your heart, and then we're going to put our hands over it like we're sealing in that new word, that new feeling. And we're just going to take a couple of deep breaths to seal in that word, and I want you to just think about that word as you're breathing in and out and know that this is already a feeling that's inside of you, it's just something that you're asking to connect to more. So it's not something outside of you that you have to get, it's something that already belongs to you. So we're just connecting to this word and calling it forth and letting it be a part of us.

  • We're going to take a couple of breaths to seal it in. One more. And then I'd love for us to just give ourselves a hug because movement and dance can be really scary and so it's really awesome that you just moved, and I really honor you for doing it, and your body honors you, and yeah, this energy will process in the background, and you'll become more and more of that feeling that you want and less and less of perfectionism and this is something that you can always return to, you can always come into your body, you can always come into taking a deep breath, you can always come back home to yourself, and that's really what the process of healing dance gives you!!

  • I hope you enjoyed this guided meditation.

    Please, remember to be kind and patient with yourself. As dancers, it is so easy to be hard on ourselves in the pursuit of perfectionism. But remember, we are perfectly imperfect and that’s what makes us special.

    Feel free to repeat this meditation and use it when you feel called.

    Want to listen to the full episode and interview with Nicole? ClickHere to listen to episode #103 of the Dance Boss Podcast:Healing Trauma Through Dance with Nicole Theron Parkes.

    Erin teaches dancers how to make money using their gifts, embrace entrepreneurship, and build a sustainable online business.She is also the host of the Dance Boss Podcast. Erin is aJersey girl all the way, graduated from Montclair State University with a B.F.A. in Dance and received her Masters in Dance Education from New York University. She began her coaching journey as a dance education coach, providing resources and training to help dance educators run more successful classrooms. Now, Erinhelps dancers niche down, build an online business, and bring in additional revenue for them and their families. To learn more about Erin visiterindpride.com, and you can hang out with Erin onInstagram andFacebook. 


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    Tips for Sizing

        • The Alpha Shock is a snug toe fit and the Infinite Shock has a freedom fit toe

          • If a dancer has a very wide foot and is on the top end of the size range listed, you may choose to go up a size in the Alpha Shock

            • For example, if they are a size 7.5 with a very wide foot or you typically range between a 7.5-8.0 instead of a 7.0-7.5, you may be more comfortable in a size Large Alpha Shock instead of the size Medium. Your sizing in the Infinite Shock should not be affected with a wider foot

        • The Performance Shock/AMP Shock fits similar to the Infinite but the size chart IS slightly different so please take note! The top of each size range is borderline, here are tips to help you determine your best fit.
          • Foot size, narrowness and age may change the size up or down.
          • You may consider selecting the smaller of your border line size IF:
            • You are at the low end of a size range and are younger than 11 years of age, are very petite boned for your age, and/or have a narrower foot than average for your size
              • For example, an 11-year--old who wears a size 5.5-6 shoe would choose a size Small Infinite instead of a Medium (based on the size chart) or a very petite boned adult
            • A 16-year-old who typically ranges between sizes 6.0-6.5 street shoes and has average leg and foot size would choose the recommended size Medium.
            • A 16-year-old that ranges 5.5-6.0 with a narrower foot will likely be more comfortable in a size Small
            • Also consider if you are a 6.0-6.5 but very narrow feet or petite boned if you prefer a snug fit in the toes you may want a small, if you like wiggle room, go with the Medium.
          • Every dancer has a preference…some will love the lower profile of the Performance, some may miss the snug hug of the Infinite up the calf.
            • The Performance Shock has the same arch and ankle support and differs in:
              • Lower profile & softer opening:  the top of the Shock should hit below the bottom of the calf and goes on easier. The Infinite hits mid-calf
              • Sleeker and fitted in the toes than the Infinite to accentuate the feet and create a more seamless look onstage. But still has freedom.
          • For the Infinite Shock sizing, foot size, narrowness and age may change the size
            • You may consider selecting one size smaller if:
              • You are at the low end of a size range and are younger than 11 years of age, are very petite boned for your age, and/or have a narrower foot than average for your size

                • For example, an 11-year--old who wears a size 5.5-6 shoe would choose a size Small Infinite instead of a Medium (based on the size chart)

              • A 16-year-old who typically ranges between sizes 6.0-6.5 street shoes and has average leg and foot size would choose the recommended size Medium.

              • A 16-year-old that ranges 5.5-6.0 with a narrower foot will likely be more comfortable in a size Small

            • The Infinite has the MOST freedom in the toes of all Shock styles…so with the above rules also consider if you prefer a snug fit in the toes (go with the smaller size you are borderline for) or want some wiggle room (go to the larger size you are border line for)

          • The Performance Shock/AMP Shock fits like the Infinite but the size chart IS slightly different so please take note! The top of each size range is borderline, use the same rules of the Infinite to size.

            • Every dancer has a preference…some will love the lower profile of the Performance, some may miss the snug hug of the Infinite up the calf. Remember the purpose of the Performance is to create the perfect line on stage while providing Apolla support and the Infinite is to give maximum support and protection for long days and rehearsals.

            • The Performance Shock has the same arch and ankle support and differs in:

              • Lower profile & softer opening: the top of the Shock should hit below the bottom of the calf and goes on easier. The Infinite hits mid-calf

              • Sleeker and fitted in the toes than the Infinite to accentuate the feet and create a more seamless look onstage. But still has freedom.

          • The Joule Shock:

            • If you are border line and have a very short arch (the length of your overall shoe size is primarily made up of the ball of your foot and toes) or you are very narrow feet/petite boned, go down a size.

            • If the Joule loses it shape, wash it with normal care instructions and it should regain its shape nicely.

          • Please watch our quick How To Wear (www.apollaperformance.com/pages/how-to-wear) tutorial videos to see how to put them on.

          • The K-Warmer Shock:

            • Measurements are given as a range that it may fit. Most likely starting about an average 13/14 yr. old female on thru an adult petite/average male dancer. However, it may vary based on ersonal preference.

      Please watch our quick How To Wear tutorial videos to see how to put them on.

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      Apolla Shocks Support Scale:

      Each of our Shocks come with our revolutionary support, what we call our 3 A’s.

      1.Arch support
      2.Ankle stability
      3.energy Absorption

      Each has their own unique performance features that help to protect and support you for the many different preferences of dancers along with the different needs of style, class, performance and traction.

      You will feel the benefits of all our Apolla Shocks. However, we recommend you knowing the different levels of support and features to decide what is best for you and your dancer’s individual needs. It is our mission to continue to innovate and deliver a Shock for every dancer’s needs, so you will always have what you need in your dance bag. They truly are the last and only dance sock or footwear you will ever want or need!

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      All of your Apolla Shocks® can absolutely be washed…yes, even those with traction! In fact, the fit gets more comfortable with wear and washing. We hope you notice over time they start to form to your foot for a perfect, custom fit. It is important to take care of your Shocks and wash them properly in order to protect the compression, moisture-wicking, and anti-microbial properties, but also to maximize the lifespan of your Shocks.  It is okay to use rosin with your Shocks. Like dance shoes it is recommended you keep the toenails short to avoid puncturing the Shock. For the traction pairs, you do not need to wash your Shocks daily. This may prolong the traction of your Shocks. Please use the following guidelines to care for your Shocks:

      1. Wash with warm water in gentle cycle
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      3. Do NOT use fabric softener or dryer sheets
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      The Joule Size Chart

      The feet are fickle (and so are your preferences). Each person will fit their Shocks differently…so below the charts are size GUIDES…SEE BELOW FOR SIZING TIPS to help get you in your best fit!

      Tips for Sizing:

      • The Joule Shock:
      • If you are border line and have a very short arch (the length of your overall shoe size is primarily made up of the ball of your foot and toes) or you are very narrow feet/petite boned, go down a size.
      • If the Joule loses it shape, wash it with normal care instructions and it should regain its shape nicely.
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      The K-Warmer Size Chart

      The feet are fickle (and so are your preferences). Each person will fit their Shocks differently…so below the charts are size GUIDES…SEE BELOW FOR SIZING TIPS to help get you in your best fit!

      Tips for Sizing:

      • The K-Warmer Shock:
      • Measurements are given as a range that it may fit. Most likely starting about an average 13/14 yr. old female on thru an adult petite/average male dancer. However, it may vary based on personal preference.
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      The Infinite Shock Size Chart

      The feet are fickle (and so are your preferences). Each person will fit their Shocks differently…so below the charts are size GUIDES…SEE BELOW FOR SIZING TIPS to help get you in your best fit!

      Tips for Sizing:

      • For the Infinite Shock sizing, foot size, narrowness and age may change the size
      • You may consider selecting one size smaller if:  
        • You are at the low end of a size range and are younger than 11 years of age, are very petite for your age, and/or have a narrower foot than average for your size
          • For example, an 11-year--old who wears a size 5.5-6 shoe would choose a size Small Infinite instead of a Medium (based on the size chart) 
        • A 16-year-old who typically ranges between sizes 6.0-6.5 street shoes and has average leg and foot size would choose the recommended size Medium.
        • A 16-year-old that ranges 5.5-6.0 with a narrower foot will likely be more comfortable in a size Small
      • The Infinite has the MOST freedom in the toes of all Shock styles…so with the above rules also consider if you prefer a snug fit in the toes (go with the smaller size you are borderline for) or want some wiggle room (go to the larger size you are border line for)
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      The Alpha Shock Size Chart

      The feet are fickle (and so are your preferences). Each person will fit their Shocks differently…so below the charts are size GUIDES…SEE BELOW FOR SIZING TIPS to help get you in your best fit!

      Tips for Sizing:

      • The Alpha Shock is a snug toe fit and the Infinite Shock has a freedom fit toe
      • If a dancer has a very wide foot and is on the top end of the size range listed, you may choose to go up a size in the Alpha Shock
        • For example, if they are a size 7.5 with a very wide foot or you typically range between a 7.5-8.0 instead of a 7.0-7.5, you may be more comfortable in a size Large Alpha Shock instead of the size Medium. Your sizing in the Infinite Shock should not be affected with a wider foot
        • Please watch our quick How To Wear tutorial videos to see how to put them on.

      Before placing a group order please feel free to email with any questions on any of your dancers that may be an exception to the sizing chart or are on the border line of sizes.

      Apolla Shocks Support Scale:

      Each of our Shocks come with our revolutionary support, what we call our 3 A’s.

      1. Arch support
      2. Ankle stability
      3. energy Absorption

      Each has their own unique performance features that help to protect and support you for the many different preferences of dancers along with the different needs of style, class, performance and traction.

      You will feel the benefits of all our Apolla Shocks. However, we recommend you knowing the different levels of support and features to decide what is best for you and your dancer’s individual needs. It is our mission to continue to innovate and deliver a Shock for every dancer’s needs, so you will always have what you need in your dance bag. They truly are the last and only dance sock or footwear you will ever want or need!

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      Shipping Policy

      If you order from our website, all orders ship from in the US (Arizona). You can also check if we have a retailer/stockist in your area or country for less expensive or faster shipping. Click HERE for our Retail Locator.

      Shipping in the USA

      Apolla’s standard shipping rate starts at $5.95 as the standard shipping cost base. For group orders we suggest you charge your group at least $1.00-$2.00 per pair of Shocks to cover shipping costs. 

      Apolla offers standard and priority shipping from USPS. Please email us at info@apollaperformance if you need your order in a faster timeline and/or carrier we will work with you to make that happen. If you need to expedite your order, you will incur a higher shipping per pair cost. All orders that are in stock (for orders of under 15 pairs) will ship in 1 business day. Orders with over 15 pairs and in stock can take up to 3-5 business days to ship (depending on the size of the order), so please let us know via email (info@apollaperformance.com) if you have a deadline you need to receive them by so we can make sure to meet that deadline. 

      Our Standard Shipping is USPS First Class. Depending on your location, your order should arrive between 3-5 business days after shipping during the regular season. Holiday season and weather can cause unforeseen delays. Once the order leaves our fulfillment center, it is the responsibility of USPS (or carrier). You will receive an email confirmation with your tracking number once your order ships. Please always reach out with any questions and we will do what we can to help and make sure you get your Shocks. You can also pay extra for USPS Priority Shipping which will arrive in 2-3 business days in the Continental US. 

      International Shipping

      We ship to most countries via USPS, however, make sure to look if we have a retailer/stockist in your area/country. In several countries we have distributors that you can order and ship from their website. See our Retailers, Stockists, & Distributor Here. If you have a question please email us at info@apollaperformance.com. All taxes/duties and fees to ship outside of the USA are the responsibility of the customer. The shipping fee is SEPARATE then the import and duties. The import fees will be charged to the customer upon arrival to their country directly to your country Customs. All international shipping should expect 2-3 weeks to arrive once shipped. If you wish to have your order faster with a more reliable shipping method, you can pay extra for DHL or UPS. Please email us at info@apollaperformance.com so we can arrange that shipping. Please make sure you check with your local post office first if there is a long delay. They may be waiting for you to come to pick up your package or pay import fees.

      Orders with less than 15 pairs, placed during business hours Monday-Friday will be shipped within one business day, UNLESS your items, are back ordered. Holiday season and weather can cause unforeseen delays. Once the order leaves our fulfillment center, it is the responsibility of USPS (or carrier). You will receive an email confirmation with your tracking number once your order ships. Please always reach out with any questions and we will do what we can to help and make sure you get your Shocks. 

      Group Orders

      Are you a dance studio owner? Coach? Company director? We want to hear from you. Find out about our discount for group orders (minimum of 15 pairs). Please complete the short form on the Director’s & Owners page or email us at info@apollaperformance.com. Someone will get back to you within 24-48 hours. Let’s talk about how we can get your group to start dancing longer and dancing stronger in our Apolla Shocks®!

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      Return/Exchange Policy

      Our Apolla Promise

      Apolla is proud to make high quality, premium products that are 100% made in the USA and we strive to provide equally as excellent customer service. In that spirit, we promise to do everything we can to help you get into your perfect fit and style of Shocks. We want you to be life-long customers. Please reach out to us in one of the many available contact options (Click Here) so we can guide you to your best fit before you place your order.

      We also have a Fit Finder Quiz to help you determine your best style of Shock (CLICK HERE). 

      However, we know it is impossible to always make perfect purchases, and you may be hesitant to purchase if you are not sure they will work. With that in mind, we want you to ALWAYS reach out to us if you have ANY questions or concerns with your purchase. We are here to help and guarantee 100% satisfaction. We WANT to hear from you whether it is positive or critical feedback...we thrive on helping our customers. If on the rare occasion the Shocks are not for you, and we can't get you into the right fit or style for YOUR fit preferences? We will refund your original order…simple as that!

      IMPORTANT NOTES ON REFUNDS, RETURNS, EXCHANGES, ETC:

      • Apolla will requireThe Shocks to be shipped back in order to process the refund.
      • Refund will only be applied once the Shocks have been received at our fulfillment center.
      • You must email Apolla at info@apollaperformance to start the exchange or return process and get information.
        • Please allow 48 hours to hear back on directions to return. 
        • Once the Shocks have arrived back at the fulfillment center, please allow up to 2 weeks for the return to process.
          • We will contact you once our fulfillment center has notified us. 
      • The customer is responsiblefor any shipping charges associated with the return OR exchange.
      • We prefer returns and exchanges are sent back with their original packaging.
      • Apolla will first try to exchange your Shocks to determine if a different style, fit, or size will meet satisfaction before refunding since we do believe there is an Apolla Shock for everyone.
      • Apolla will replace any products due to manufacturing defects and exchange products due to any sizing issue.
        • The product may have been tried on. However, we ask you do not dance in the Shocks until you determine the fit and style is perfect for you. 
      • Items may always be exchanged for an item of higher, equal, or lesser value.
        • If a product is exchanged for lesser value, we will refund the difference.
        • If the product is exchanged for a higher value we will send you an invoice to pay the difference.
      • All refunds (online or in person) will be issued according to the method of payment used in the original purchase. 
      • Please allow 3-5 business days once the refund has been issued to see the payment received back on the original form of payment. 
      • Shipping and handling charges are non-refundable and we are not able to provide return shipping labels at this time.

      Apolla is not responsible for pairs purchased from a retailer/stockist/distributor. Shocks must have been purchased from Apolla Performance directly for our Apolla Promise to be honored with the customer...but again...we want you satisfied...so please let us know if your retailer can't help you so we can keep you supported and protected. We will reach out to the retailer to see if we can reach a solution together. 

      Please contact us at info@apollaperformance.com to receive instructions to “Return & Exchange”. You will receive a response within 24-48 hours. 

      If your return or exchange is urgent, you can typically reach us faster on our FB messenger chat or our live website chat during normal business hours. Please see our Contact Us page.

      Helpful tips:

      • Please see Apolla FAQ's & Tips page to get many questions on sizing, traction, style etc. answered before contacting Apolla directly. 
      • If your Shocks do NOT start sticky with your first steps feeling strong resistance...PLEASE LET US KNOW at info@apollaperformance.com
      • Make sure to try on Apolla Shocks® immediately upon receipt to check sizing before you dance in them
      • We cannot return or exchange Shocks without knowing the proper size and gender
      • For the Alphas, please make sure to keep packaging insert with the proper pair so you can keep track of the Alpha size and gender
      • Remember, these are compression garments so they are tight
      • Scroll down on the size charts to see the size chart tips to make sure your Shocks are fitting correctly
      AGAIN, PLEASE CONTACT US with any questions or concerns...we really do care and we really want you happy with your purchase. ;-) X
      The AMP & Performance Shock Size Chart

      The feet are fickle (and so are your preferences). Each person will fit their Shocks differently…so below the charts are size GUIDES…SEE BELOW FOR SIZING TIPS to help get you in your best fit!

      Tips for Sizing:

      • The Performance Shock/AMP Shock fits similar to the Infinite but the size chart IS slightly different so please take note! The top of each size range is borderline, here are tips to help you determine your best fit.
        • Foot size, narrowness and age may change the size up or down.
        • You may consider selecting the smaller of your border line size IF:
          • You are at the low end of a size range and are younger than 11 years of age, are very petite boned for your age, and/or have a narrower foot than average for your size
            • For example, an 11-year--old who wears a size 5.5-6 shoe would choose a size Small Infinite instead of a Medium (based on the size chart) or a very petite boned adult
          • A 16-year-old who typically ranges between sizes 6.0-6.5 street shoes and has average leg and foot size would choose the recommended size Medium.
          • A 16-year-old that ranges 5.5-6.0 with a narrower foot will likely be more comfortable in a size Small
          • Also consider if you are a 6.0-6.5 but very narrow feet or petite boned if you prefer a snug fit in the toes you may want a small, if you like wiggle room, go with the Medium.
        • Every dancer has a preference…some will love the lower profile of the Performance, some may miss the snug hug of the Infinite up the calf.
        • The Performance Shock has the same arch and ankle support and differs in:
          • Lower profile & softer opening: the top of the Shock should hit below the bottom of the calf and goes on easier. The Infinite hits mid-calf
          • Sleeker and fitted in the toes than the Infinite to accentuate the feet and create a more seamless look onstage. But still has freedom.
      Gift bag or gift box?

      Make gift giving easy and special this year with Apolla Gift Boxes and Gift Bags!

      If you are purchasing multiple pairs to give as gifts to individuals, go for the gift bag. We recommend the bags for only 1-2 pairs. If you are buying 3-5 pairs to gift one person, we recommend the Apolla Gift Box.

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      *Must have made a 1st purchase to create an account and redeem reward points.
      HOLIDAY PROMO: Purchase of gift card $50 or More & you will be emailed a Free Ship Code! This is limited to the following rules and regulations.

      For US Billing Address: You will receive a code for FREE shipping anywhere in the US for any amount. (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, and PR. These locations will follow the international order values).

      If you are an international billing address you will receive a code that will credit your order up to the following values.

      • $50 gift cards will receive a code valued at up to $5.95 USD credit
      • $75 gift cards will receive a code valued up to $6.95 USD credit
      • $100 gift cards will receive a code valued up to $8.95 USD credit

      Limit one time use. Enter codes in promo box at checkout when Shocks are purchased and credit will be applied to the order. This Free Ship code will be valid for 90 days from purchase. The Free Ship code will be emailed to you separately from your purchase receipt.

      The Free Ship email will be sent within 72 hours of purchase. If you have not received after 72 hours please email info@apollaperformance.com so we can resend. This offer is valid until 11:59 Pacific on December 25th, 2017.