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September 10, 2019 6 min read 4 Comments

At the beginning of each dance year, it’s important to leave old problems, bad habits and disappointments behind. Your dance wardrobe should match your new viewpoint, not only because every year should start with a new look, but also because it’s a good way to stay healthy as a dancer. Holding onto dance attire and activewear too long can lead to unpleasant odors (and, by extension, lonely days at the barre), disheveled appearance and even injuries

Whether you’re a professional dancer prepping for a season of auditions and gigs or returning to your favorite creative outlet, make sure these 10 dance staples are ready to go on day one. 

Sports Bras

A successful class or performance starts with the right undergarments. Sports bras offer breast support and a smooth appearance under leotards and tops. Unfortunately, many athletes underestimate the value of a good bra or simply haven’t been able to find one. A 2008 study from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia found that 80% of women wear the wrong size bra. Research conducted at the University of Wollongong in 2018 noted that sports bras often force women to sacrifice comfort to achieve support. 

However, going braless while you’re dancing isn’t an option. Wearing an ill-fitting bra or no bra at all can lead to neck and back pain due to lack of support as well as stretch marks on the breasts and overall unprofessional appearance. 

If you manage to find a sports bra that is reasonably comfortable and supportive, expect to replace it after about six months. Keep an eye out for loss of support, straps that ride up and decreased elasticity. Your bra will last you even longer if you keep it from staying damp for too long and avoid buildup of sweat and deodorant.

Pro-tip: Cosmopolitan Magazine recommends wearing your sports bra while you shower and lathering it up with soap after your class or workout to battle sweat stains and trapped grime. 

Dance Belts

Dance belts are one of the quintessential dance undergarments. Because they cover such an intimate part of your anatomy, they need to be washed and replaced frequently. Have a couple of dance belts in rotation at one time so you’re never stuck wearing a dirty belt or without one altogether. Also, make sure you completely replace them every six months. Some signs your dance belt has run its course: pilling fabric, lost elasticity (you should never be able to hear the elastic stretch) and, as dancer Jeremy Burke says, “permastank... it’s that stank that won’t quit.”

Leotards

You want to make sure your leotards are in top-notch shape for your first audition or class – impressions matter. Not having attire that’s in good condition can get you cut from an audition or even kicked out of class. Prevent unnecessary embarrassment by making sure your collection of leos is pristine at the top of every year. Between new leotard hauls, pay attention to signs of wear including thinning or holey fabric and lack of support. 

Dance Tops

Unless they have a built-in bra, dance tops won’t offer much in the way of support. However, they do provide coverage and help you get warm during class. If cared for properly, dance tops can last for years. Once they start to smell, fade, stain or lose their elasticity, however, it might be time to give your favorite tanks and tees the old heave-ho. 

Tights

While no longer the strict requirement in ballet class they once were, tights are still a necessity at some studios. They offer additional coverage and help you achieve a complete line while training or performing. Tights can also last a long time if you avoid cutting or altering them and store them in a plastic baggy or on a smooth surface where they can’t snag on anything. To check if your tights need replacing, be on the lookout for runs, holes, stains that won’t go away or an unpleasant odor when you’re taking inventory of your dancewear before the year starts. 

Leggings

If you need extra ankle stability, moisture-wicking or just want to switch up your class or rehearsal style, leggings are your best bet. You’ll likely rotate through pairs of leggings every six to eight months as the fabric starts to pill, hold odors or becomes less efficient at moving moisture away from your body. And purchasing a pair of good quality leggings doesn’t need to be expensive. Workout leggings at Target absorb moisture and give great compression for as little as $30 a pair.

Socks

For lots of dancers, starting class in socks is the key to a successful warmup. Socks also offer cushion for feet and reduce friction (hello, multiple turns). Hopefully, you’ve already got two pairs of Apolla Shocks in your bag. Compression and moisture wicking are just as important for recovering after class as they are for warming up and having support during class. But even Shocks wear out eventually, and you’ll probably need a new pair every six months to a year. Though you might wait until your toes peek through a hole to throw out your socks, podiatrists say your socks probably should be replaced before they start to tear. If you don’t like the idea of your old socks clogging up a landfill, take your socks to your nearest Goodwill. Goodwill recycles textiles and will resell or repurpose your old socks.

If you notice your socks losing elasticity, drooping or the material rubs against your feet, they need to be thrown away. Holding on to socks that no longer provide appropriate support or shock absorption causes blisters, corns and calluses. Continuously wearing socks when they’re dirty, damp or worn might also lead to fungus, which can cause itching and burning. 

Pointe Shoes

The right pointe shoes are all the difference between a biscuit and a perfectly pointed foot. Now, with a wider range of color options, there’s something for everyone. But be careful not to get too attached to your pointe shoes as you’ll likely have to replace them sooner rather than later. If you’re just starting your training en pointe, you’ll need to swap out your shoes once a year. Pre-professional and professional dancers can go through pointe shoes as quickly as after each performance. With pointe shoes costing a minimum of $70 to $80 a pair, this short lifespan can get pricey fast. 

Cut down on replacements by alternating between multiple pairs so one pair doesn’t wear out too quickly and let your pointe shoes air out between classes and performances. Also, use a hardener to make your shoes more sturdy and keep them from absorbing too much moisture. But if you’re going too far over your box when rising en pointe, experiencing a flattened box or feeling too much discomfort, your pointe shoes are probably dead and need to be laid to  rest. 

Dance Bag  

The right bag is essential for a dancer on the go, but even your favorite gym bag will wear out eventually. Dancers who refuse to toss out an old bag risk persistent odor, and the spread of bacteria, which could lead to illness, mold and mildew. Air out your dance bag after class and store your shoes in separate, smaller baggies to keep the inside smelling fresh for as long as possible.  

Water Bottle

First things first: if you haven’t invested in a good-quality reusable water bottle, get on it. Americans buy 1 million plastic water bottles a minute and only recycle 23% of them. In addition to being terrible for the environment, these bottles are also bad for your health. Though most disposable plastic bottles no longer contain BPA and can technically be used more than once, thinning and small cracks are a breeding ground for germs and other health threats.

Once you make the transition to reusable water bottles, it's still important to make sure you don’t keep the bottle beyond its lifespan. Replace reusable plastic water bottles once a year. Glass and stainless steel bottles last longer and should only be replaced once they show noticeable signs of wear and tear like scratches or cracks. Watch out for unpleasant smells or mold buildup in your water bottle  (sometimes mold can accumulate out of sight under your bottle’s cap), as continuing to drink out of a moldy water bottle can cause illness. 

A few other things to keep in mind

Hand wash your dance clothes in cold water - According to cleaning expert Jolie Kerr, activewear is made of stretchy material that may not mix well with detergent and other laundry solutions. Hot or heavy-duty wash cycles can also damage the fabric or cause shrinking. 

    Air dry, air dry, air dry -Drying your dance and workout clothes in hot air might leave them feeling toasty, but you may not be able to get into your favorite leotard again because it shrunk or got damaged in the dryer. Air drying is your best bet for keeping your dancewear fresh for longer periods of time, but if you must use a machine dryer, choose a low heat setting. 

    Stop odors before they have a chance to settle in -After a sweaty class, workout or rehearsal, Kerr suggests soaking your dance clothes in cold water and vinegar to minimize odors. Another tip – spray your clothes with vodka and let them air out before washing them. 

    Start Your Dance Year Strong

    Your personal style is a reflection of you and what you wear to the dance studio is no exception including your Apolla Shocks. Follow these tips to show you care about your dance life inside and outside the studio. Your body, teachers and fellow dancers will thank you!


    4 Responses

    Jeannie
    Jeannie

    October 17, 2019

    Looking forward to getting the Apolla shocks!

    Mikayla Anderson
    Mikayla Anderson

    October 07, 2019

    Great article

    Jill
    Jill

    October 07, 2019

    Excited for my daughter to get her first pair of Apollo socks!

    Shanna Lee Fry
    Shanna Lee Fry

    October 07, 2019

    I like the Glass and Metal water bottle suggestion. I’m all about eco friendly.

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    Traction or Non-Traction?

    There is an Apolla Shock for everyone and we recommend having one of each in your bag to keep you protected on any dance floor, in and out of the studio, from cross-training, to travel, from stage to recovery and everything in between! All Shocks are available with or without our customizable & refreshable traction so you can enjoy support and protection on multiple dance surfaces...and your feet will look amazing too! Here are some guidelines to help you choose which option is best for YOU:

    Can’t decide if you should get With traction or NON? Click HERE to take a short quiz that will help you determine YOUR perfect grip. Or keep reading, here are some guidelines to help you choose as well:

    I may choose traction if:

    • I enjoy a wide variety of movement with technical elements, direction changes, etc.
    • My main dance surface tends to be slippery
    • I dance on multiple different dance surfaces
    • I prefer to be more grounded in my movement
    • We recommend if you are going to be using primarily on a dance floor that you always get WITH traction on all styles of Shocks, then wear it down to your preferred grip.
      • Apolla Shocks without traction are great for carpet at conventions

    Please note: Due to the antimicrobial/moisture wicking properties in every pair, we recommend to treat your Shocks more as you would a shoe. They do not need to be washed daily or even weekly, as water will naturally break down the traction faster. Wash your Shocks only as necessary to possibly preserve the life of the traction. OR wash your Shocks if you want to wear the traction in faster.

    IMPORTANT: Click Here to Learn How to Refresh Your Traction so you can keep "re-sticking" your grip over and over for the life of the Shock

    I may choose Non-traction if:

    • My movement is more stationary (i.e. instruction, yoga, etc)
    • My main dance surface is always very sticky
    • I will be wearing my Shocks in shoes (i.e. tap shoes, sneakers, etc.)
      • Non-traction Shocks are for everyone from runners to nurses that need more support, less aches, and improved circulation in their day to day activities
    • I plan to wear my Shocks in a convention setting and will likely be dancing on carpet or a combination of hard/soft surfaces.
    • I like to just wear a sock on dance floors and enjoy that gliding ability
    • NOTE that our Shocks do NOT have cotton, so if you like that bit of grip, get WITH traction and wear the grip down to your preference.

    Care: All of our Shocks can be washed and dried according to our recommended care instructions and always use your Apolla Mesh Bag when laundering. We also recommend washing the WITH traction Shocks inside out to help preserve the traction.

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    Why Only Non-traction?

    CURRENTLY THE AMP IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN NON-TRACTION! We debuted the AMP in non-traction only to give a no-show solution in shoes and on carpet. However, if you are someone that would be interested in purchasing the AMP WITH traction, please email us at info@apollaperformance.com so we can hear your feedback and hopefully add this to the collection in the future. We always work to deliver what you need based on popular demand.

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    What is a Mesh Bag?

    Apolla Mesh Bags are the perfect multi-purpose drawstring bags to compliment your Shocks. This stylish accessory is a carry all bag that helps keep your Apolla Shocks together so they don't get lost in your dance bag. In addition, they double as a laundry bag, preserving the life of your Shocks when you need to wash and dry.

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    Why I need E6000 for my Traction Shocks?

    The beloved E6000 company has created a non-toxic spray adhesive that is the favorite refresher of traction for all of our Apolla Shocks. Apolla Shocks unique traction has eliminated the bulk and seams underfoot. It starts out sticky then you wear it down to your preferred level of grip. Then you keep it there by using a traction refresher. Some will refresh right away, some may never refresh...it is completely personalized to your need and floors. This is our recommendation. It is a pump spray and when you apply 5-10 pumps to your traction, it dries instantly, and does not damage floors. It helps to "re-stick" the grip over and over for the life of the Shocks. Some dancers start refreshing in the first class, some never refresh, some refresh when needed. It is important you have a bottle in your dance bag or at your studio to use as needed...one bottle last a long time! Your traction will wear down to nothing if you don't use a refresher, so make sure to order a bottle with your traction Shocks today!

    (See Customize Traction link in main menu for a short 1 minute video tutorial on how to use your traction spray)

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    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!

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    Size Chart


    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.

      Before placing anorder please feel free to emailinfo@apollaperformance or click our live chatwith any questionsif your feetmay be an exception to the sizing chart or are on the border line of sizes.

      The Alpha: Level 1 The Performance: Level 2 The Infinite: Level 3

      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
      2. Low tumble dry
      3. Do NOT use fabric softener or dryer sheets
      4. You will get best results if you wash and dry your Shocks in the Apolla mesh bag (sold separately)
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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.
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      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.
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