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We strive to be more as a company...just as we are more than a sock. We believe building a community focused on advocating for education helps you do what you love longer & stronger...to keep your mind, body, and soul, whole and healthy. So when we decided to build a team of Apolla Advocates, we asked for Dancers and NON-Dancers from all walks of life that inspire and strive to spread light in the world...not only on social media but in their everyday life. We want everyone to see themselves in these motivating people that advocate for healthy minds, bodies, and souls.

Beyond Ambassadors...they are Advocates.

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APOLLA ADVOCATES

iN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Addison Price

What is your passion?

Dance!!!

Tell Us About You?

I’m a 9 y/o competitive dancer who is always moving. I’m constantly working on becoming a better version of myself. I love to work hard and hopefully inspire those around me!

What do you advocate for?

I constantly preach and practice kindness. I know the dance world can be competitive, but supporting each other and encouraging one another matters more than anything!

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I owe 4 pairs of shocks and I am obsessed with every single new pair I get! They’re amazing on my feet since I’m constantly training! I’d love to rep a brand that has a product I truly love and know works and I love the positivity behind Apolla!!!

To follow Addison:

@addisonpricedances

Alexia Coleman

What is your passion?

I love dancing and I love working out whether it be a personal workout routine that I create myself or going to workout classes!

Tell Us About You?

I am a dancer and have been dancing since the age of 4. I am a junior in college studying public health and hope to attend grad school for kinesiology once I graduate with my undergraduate degree. I am also on the dance team at my school. Although I have to balance school and dance I always try to make time for a work out. Working out is my way of giving myself a mental break and it has also made me a stronger dancer. I work to help motivate my friends by encouraging them to come with me to the gym and working out with me. In addition, I love using my essential oils to help me relax after a long day of school, dance, and work and this has really helped with my mental health.

What do you advocate for?

I embrace diversity and inclusiveness in my everyday life by making sure that everyone around me is treated with kindness regardless of their background, race, gender, etc. I advocate for racial equality, with everything going on this year in regards to racism I think this is so extremely important. Everyone should have equal rights and equal opportunity no matter what race they may be and I will forever advocate for that until it happens.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I want to be an Apolla Advocate because I love that this company really focuses on protecting our bodies so we can continue doing what we love to do. Because I want to be a physical therapist for dancers in the future I think this is an amazing brand for dancers especially since we put so much pressure and impact on our feet and other joints in our studios and even more so dancing on carpet at conventions. I would also love to become an Apolla Advocate because I would love to show my dance team what an amazing brand this is and how everyone could benefit from it. Practicing on a basketball court we are constantly putting a lot of impact on our bodies and by being an Apolla Advocate I could show and explain how Apolla shocks have helped me in and after practice.

To follow Alexia:

@dancer_lex07

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Alexis Elisabeth Chew

What is your passion?

Dance

Tell Us About You?

I am in my final year of a Musical Theatre Honours degree at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, and have a body that definitely does not fit traditional stereotypes of a dancer. I have always struggled with poor turnout, flat feet, short stature, and poor body image that led to eating disorders and health issues :( I have since recovered and am now very passionate about reminding people to be kind to themselves and see the value in their natural bodies. It really pays to take care of your body and not force it to do dangerous things! I love contemporary dance and had the time of my life in Frontier Danceland's Scholarship Programme 2014-2016, but I have also really enjoyed dabbling in Chinese Dance in dance competitions and ballet.

What do you advocate for?

I advocate strongly for body inclusivity in dance because I believe that movement should belong to people of all shapes, colours, and structures. I love following instagram accounts of other dancers who do not necessarily fit the historically stereotypical model of a dancer and am always inspired to remind my friends that they are all valuable dancers in their own ways. I am currently starting to write a dissertation on how social media has affected young dancers' self-esteem, body image, and mental health (among other things) because I think it is a really important entry point into finding a solution for more health and wellness in dance.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I have read so many good things about Apolla in my research and I would really love to have my own Apolla Shocks to help me through my final year of Musical Theatre training. In the long-run, my goal is to hopefully spread awareness of Apolla in my home country of Singapore so that more Singaporean dancers can benefit from Shocks :)

To follow Alexis:

@alexis7elisabeth

Annie Libera

What is your passion?

My passion is dance! I also take yoga once or twice a week. And within the next month I will be taking my test to become a barre instructor!

Tell Us About You?

Hello Apolla! I am Annie Libera, I am 25 years old and I am originally from Michigan but I currently live in Los Angeles. My dance journey started at the age of 4 where I took part in the competition and convention industry. After high school I moved to Chicago where I received my B.A. in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. While in college I had my first few professional dance jobs, danced as a guests in a couple shows with my professor’s dance companies, and I continued my commercial hip hop training as well. While in college I started working for two dance competition, Kids Artistic Revue and Rainbow Dance Competition (sister companies). With the connections I made working in the competition industry, I decided after I had graduated that Los Angeles would be my next step. I moved to Los Angeles just over 3 years ago. I have tried to be involved in as many aspects of the dance industry as I could. Since moving to LA I have interned for Movement Talent Agency which is one of the top dance agencies for dancers in LA, I started writing a blog for Hollywood Dance Experience which is a summer dance program for dancers, I have performed in a handful of dance shows, I worked as an audience member for multiple shows on television such as Dr. Phil and Lip Sync Battle just to name two of them, for the last 3 years I have worked at the Industry Dance Awards, I started teaching dance to both competitive and non-competitive dancers at a local dance studio, and I continued my job working for a dance competition. I love to stay busy. In my hustle to pay my bills strictly through working in the dance and entertainment industries, my own training fell to the back burner. I would take class from time to time but it wasn’t consistent. I had fallen into a rut.

When I took a quick trip home last year in October of 2019 I had taught a class at my home studio where I grew up. I got to chatting with my dance teachers who trained me and I broke down to them because I feel as if I had failed at my dreams. Things weren’t happening for me the way I wanted them to. But they had reminded me that there is more to the dance industry than just being a “professional dancer.” This conversation I had with them sparked me to create my dance podcast called, Movement Guidance. On my podcast, I bring on guests from all realms of the dance industry and community to discuss their experiences in the dance world. While this initially started off as a way to get to know fellow dancers in the industry, it quickly became a second passion of mine.

Even though I had not met my own expectations of myself in terms of the work I wanted to be doing dance wise, I knew I had to reconnect and tune into my body again for the sake of my health. No matter what I do with my dance career from here on out, I know that staying active is an important part of my life because I know I will be dancing for as long as I possibly can. Numbers on a scale are not important to me. What is important to me, is how I feel and how my body feels while dancing and moving. I strive for a healthy body by moving every day, even if all I do is go on a walk. I strive for a healthy mind by consuming positive content from podcasts to Pinterest quotes. I strive for a healthy soul by knowing that my resume is not the “be all end all.” I try to do things that genuinely make me happy a few times a month. This includes exploring new areas, trying new restaurants, or doing a fun photo shoot with a friend. I am example to motivate others because I’m all about hustling hard but also making sure to find a couple “human” hours a month for yourself.

What do you advocate for?

The best way I feel I embrace diversity and inclusiveness in my everyday life is by bringing guests on my dance podcast who come from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexualities, religions, etc. I know that the dance community and dance history is made up of many different backgrounds and I wouldn’t be doing my part on my platform to only highlight one specific type of dancer. What I advocate for is that every dancer is just as much apart of the dance community as the next person next to them. It doesn’t matter your social media following, it doesn’t matter your background, it doesn’t matter your size, it doesn’t matter what credentials you may or may not have, you are just as important in the world as I am.

As a dance teacher, I give my students research assignments 2 times a year of prominent figures of all backgrounds in dance history and current figure heads in the industry now. My students then present the person they were assigned to the rest of the class. We do one presentation a week at the beginning of class. That way I feel as a teacher they are getting their "history lesson" in as well as inspiring them at the top of the class.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

Just as I am all about being involved in the dance community as much as I can, I see you guys doing the same and that resonates with me. You don’t just sell shocks. You have a partnership with Celebrity Dance Convention, you just did a huge fundraiser to support studios that have been impacted by COVID-19, and you have all these partnerships with other companies in the industry. Even though I don’t personally know you guys, I can tell from all that you do that you are about the hustle and the community and that really resonates with me and what I am trying to do as well.

To follow Annie:

@annie_libera

Audriana Ramirez

What is your passion?

My passion is dance, reading, animls and children with disabilities.

Tell Us About You?

My name is Audriana Ramirez and I am 12 years old. My passion is dance. As of right now, I feel like I would absolutely love to become a professional dancer when I grow up. I am an only child and I'm very close to my mom. I enjoy reading, writing, eating sushi and medium rare steak. I am also an animal lover. I am a leader, friend, hard-worker, kind, honest, and faithful young lady. The way I strive for a healthy mind is to wake up with a grateful heart and mind for all that I have. I have worked with a professional mentor/choreographer over quarantine just a couple of times-but through this I found out a lot about myself. I learned that I LOVE inspirational quotes, videos, signs and I am currently searching for inspirational podcasts to listen to. (I didn't even know what a podcast was until quarantine). Over quarantine I have also been able to take classes from different professional artists from all over the country-which has had an incredible effect on my body. I try to make a negative situation into a positive one by being respectful, optimistic and by communicating my feeling with myself (and my mommy of course).

What do you advocate for?

I embrace diversity and inclusiveness in my everyday life by being kind to others. Other people, animals, etc. I try to be welcoming regardless of their gender, religion, size, nationality, color, etc. My family has different nationalities and languages spoken and I see all of our differences as beautiful. I LOVE reading books about historical fiction and I have learned a lot about the racism and sexism during WWII when women couldn't be pilots, I have read a lot about slavery, and I have recently read a few books about the holocaust. I cannot wrap my mind around these events that have happened throughout our history and I have decided to be an advocate for change. I have decided to not be a bystander. I have decided that I will take more chances at school to be more confident- as confident as I am at dance. My heart was broken when I learned about the injustice our country is still going through and I do believe that Black Lives Matter and that this is not just a trend. I believe in making a change in my community and that is what I strive to do. I recently started middle school via distance learning. I was asked what my favorite holiday was and I answered Juneteenth. Although it is not an official holiday-I believe it should be and I will celebrate it as such. This is just a little about me and how I hope to embrace diversity and inclusiveness in every opportunity that I can throughout my everyday life.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I love wearing my Apolla socks. I had been receiving emails for quite some time, but I hadn't made any purchases. I made my first purchase over quarantine due to all the dancing I've been doing at home. I realized I was already following Apolla on Instagram and paid more attention to their page. With all their Instagram lives with members of the dance community, educational courses, for the love of dance fund raiser, etc... I have been so moved, inspired, and have completely fallen in love with Apolla and Bri. I love tuning in on their Instagram lives at 1pm PST and I feel that the conversations being held are so positive, uplifting, and inspirational. These conversations make me think about my physical and emotional well-being as a person and as a dancer. I feel that Apolla dance has already made a difference in my life and I would love to become more deeply invested. This is the company that could change my life. Apolla is more than a company that sells amazing socks for dancers and non-dancers. This is a company that wants to do good for our communities and for our world. It would be an honor to become an Apolla Ambassador/Advocate because I believe in so many core values that Apolla does and would love to continue my journey will you.

To follow Audriana:

@dancer_audrianar

Benjamin Mitchell

What is your passion?

Dance, yoga and traveling.

Tell Us About You?

I have been a professional ballet dancer and I currently work at Les ballet Jazz de Montreal (bjm). I travel the world performing in all kinds of spaces and theatres and connecting to different artists globally. I am also a yoga teacher and practice daily to keep a nice balanced life connecting my mind, body and soul together, I also love to meditate, keep active and eat healthily.

What do you advocate for?

Diversity is very important and the world has a long way to go still. The lack of diversity in the dance and yoga world is still very much apparent. I also advocate for equality in all aspects.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I love the product and I use them everyday in my professional dance environment and even on long travel days and plane journeys.

To follow Addison:

@benjamitch_87

Cadence Cropper

What is your passion?

Dance! If I have to choose just one. 😆 But please read all my answers for more!

Tell Us About You?

What’s your passion? What do you stand for? Who are you? 🤔 I’ve been thinking a lot about these questions lately... And these are tough questions because I have SO many answers! I’m obviously hugely passionate about dance. No surprise if you look at my IG, right?! 😉 But I’m also passionate about fitness. Did you know I hold the all-time sit-up record at my elementary school? 1127 consecutive sit-ups... the most sit-ups done in over 15 years of record-keeping. And yes - I was pretty sore the next day. 😆 I’m really passionate about art. I can spend hours on one project in one sitting and not even realize it! I was invited to do a mixed media Independent Study in Advanced Art at school last spring. I loved it so much, I just kept it going all summer long. 🎨 What else am I passionate about? My family and friends!! I have my oldest besties from Kindergarten Kali and Evan, plus besties from dance, besties from school, IG besties... I love them all! 🥰 I love my Mom, Dad and little brother so much, even if we sometimes get on each others’ nerves living this #quarantinelife! My Nana is so important in my life too. My Nana and Papa were married for 45 years. They were always my biggest fans, but my Papa was killed just a few years ago. It was devastating to us all. But my Nana is so strong and she still carries on for them both. She is from the Philippines and is a naturalized American citizen. She is my role model! She reminds me to inspire others and be a role model too. ❤️ I’m also passionate about school, especially science.🤓 I want to dance, but I want to go to college too. 🎓 I’d like to double major in astrophysics AND dance. ✨ Is that even a thing? Can I study the stars and be one too?! 🤩 I’m also passionate about treating people the way they want to be treated. Kindness matters! 🤗 So... I could go on all day: The more I think about my passions, the more passions I can think of.💡And I think that’s OK! Living passionately is to invest yourself, your soul, your heart, your mind, your time, your energy and your talents into those people and activities that you truly care about. We should all make our passions our reality. We can all live passionately, and I want to inspire others to do just that. So just pick your passion, people! One of them or all of them. And let’s go!

What do you advocate for?

I try my best to be a role model for diversity and inclusiveness in general. In addition to having English ancestry, I have Chinese, Spanish and Filipino origins, so I’m a person of color even though not everyone realizes it at first glance. 👀 But my Nana is very clearly non-white and has a strong accent, so I’ve grown up being especially aware of how others interact with her and her differences. ❤️ I advocate for all of us to be more aware and open to learning about each other and all our differences, whether those differences are about race, gender, religion... even neurodiversity. My brother has sensory-processing challenges, but again that’s another difference people may not be knowledge about, or sensitive to, at first glance. So if I step back, maybe I’m really an advocate for education. Because if we educate ourselves and learn about others and their differences, then we are also more able to relate and recognize how we are all the same. We’re all humans, and we all deserve love, respect and kindness. And maybe that’s a little simple, but I’m 12 and maybe sometimes keeping it simple is OK. 👌💕

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I admire Ms. Bri and Apolla so much! It’s incredible to see a company really sharing and supporting what they believe in and helping to lead and educate their community. 🌎 And Ms. Bri makes Apolla’s mission and goals so open and accessible to everyone really. I want to be a part of that positivity and help to put that kind of energy in the world! And BIG BONUS: The socks are the BEST too! 🧦🖤

To follow Cadence:

@cadycandance

Camila Cordero Garbanzo

What is your passion?

Dance and Gym

Tell Us About You?

I am a Costa Rican girl, happy and working to fulfill her dreams, I love dancing (I train all dance styles) in addition to Pilates and
gym, thankful to God, my family and teachers for allowing me to do what I am passionate about every day. I attend home school and I was always curious to know how
human body and after some anatomy classes, nutrition really knew the importance of not only knowing how it works but also the importance of taking care of our body. That is why I constantly try to motivate my friends so that they include in their lives the correct alternatives to take care of themselves and that their activities also benefit them, as I have been able to experience.

What do you advocate for?

They have simply taught me at home that love and respect are the key to living. We are all "equal but different" human beings but all of great value for the
humanity. God's love is for everyone, and from this love and respect we could never see differences with others.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

First because I love them !! I met them a year ago at Dancer Palozza and I regret just bringing a couple to Costa Rica haha ​​!! Sometimes it is difficult and tedious to have access to these products outside the United States (I have experienced it) and it seems to me an incredible opportunity for many in Costa Rica and Central America not only to know Apolla (if they do not already know it) but also to have them in their life.

To follow Camila

@camilacorderodancer

Chloe Clarke

What is your passion?

Definitely dance!

Tell Us About You?

I am a competitive dancer and 4th grader. I work really hard to stay healthy so that I can perform at my best and stay safe. I eat a lot of avocado and coconut milk on dance days for hydration and to prevent cramping. My mom lets me take mental health days so that i don’t get too overwhelmed. I am always striving to be a friend to others and I believing in motivating others at any given chance. Compliments can go far. You never know what others are going through.

What do you advocate for?

I believe in diversity especially in dance. It’s sometimes hard to find someone who looks like you and makes you feel like you can be successful. Representation is so important. I try to embrace my culture every chance I get so that others know that being a brown girl is beautiful. Tolerance And inclusiveness are important in all walks of life.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I have gone up a level in dance since last season so I’m now doing 15 hours a week instead of 3! I think that Apolla shocks will help me to remain safe as I continue to grow as a dancer.

To follow Chloe:

@chloe_knoelle

Chloe Hally

What is your passion?

My passion is dance. Hands down. Dance.

Tell Us About You?

My name is Chloe, but my favorite dance teacher calls me ChloMo! I am always looking to grow and better myself. I work very hard and train hard, seeking out opportunities to learn wherever I can. I want to inspire other dancers to see that while talent may ignite the spark in you, hard work is what fuels the flames. If I receive any recognition, or awards, it will be because I worked hard and earned every single bit of it. Along with hard work at my craft, I also believe in balance and the need for rest and good old fun! You may catch me riding my bike or one of my dad’s vintage skateboards, doing yoga with my mom, singing or drawing, or just being a total goofball with my friends! I also love school and am an honors student. I love to learn new things and rise to any challenge!

What do you advocate for?

I strive daily to uphold a space for equity for all people in this challenging and sometimes scary world. My mom is a teacher and diversity/equity coach and we are always watching, reading, and educating ourselves so that we can be a part of interrupting racism in our lives and wherever we encounter it. We are always striving to hold a space of love and caring for all people in our lives, embracing any race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. My friend Kampbell and I are making signs and getting ready to go to our very first BLM protest in my neighborhood! My very favorite dance teacher Miss Dara makes sure I know the REAL history of dance and all of the amazing styles, and how this history relates to current events and times. You can even see my mom and I doing a few combos from her African Dance classes on instagram.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I got my first pair of Apolla a few years ago when I was looking for something to help me on the various convention flooring (ahem, Carpet!) I have loved them and have branched out to different Apolla styles lately. I had a minor foot/tendon injury earlier this summer, and knowing I had so much summer dance ahead of me, while I was on rest I purchased the contemporary/jazz 2 package. These have SAVED MY SUMMER! I have a pair for every scenario/class...and the support has kept me healthy, strong, and dancing. I want everyone to know how amazing these are. And yes... I also have a few cheap other brands....well, HAD. Not even close. People need to know that not every compression sock is the same. There are certain things where you need the real deal, and Apolla is one of those things! My photo below was taken today as I danced my heart out on my first day of Broadway Dance Center NYC Virtual Junior Summer Program. You will see a LOT of my Apollas in all my vids and stories over these next two weeks for sure!

To follow Chloe:

@chloe_joelle_hally

Daniella Sibley

What is your passion?

Dance! Running is also something that I took up in my first year of college when I wasn’t in class!

Tell Us About You?

I am a super energetic person who loves to dance and help people! I am currently an apprentice with Dance Kaleidoscope as well as part of their youth faculty. I am a student at Butler University as well and am majoring in Biology, and minoring in Neuroscience, Education, and Dance. I love to feel good throughout my busy days and eating well and treating my body right is the best way to do that. I often find that my positivity and enthusiasm to complete tasks motivates others to work hard along side me. I love being a leader, but I also find it important to learn from others as knowledge is shareable and I want to know so much!

What do you advocate for?

I advocate for people with disabilities as this has always been a passion of mine. Growing up in public school, I always wanted to help students who did not have equal opportunities to learn and try new things. This is especially important in the arts because I believe that this can be an outlet for anyone and we should not place barriers on people just because of what they look like or how doctors say they will learn. In my daily life, I embrace diversity and inclusiveness by leading an example to others. Political issues are not something I try to involve myself in, but I do believe that we are the change in the world and we all must do our part to stand up for what is right. I hope that by fulfilling these qualities that people have better days and have a greater hope for a brighter future.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I want to be an Apolla Advocate because I have worked with the company since day 1! Mrs.Bybee came to me my freshman year in high school and introduced the product to me(6 years ago!) I have been fortunate enough to test many of the products and love each and every one of them! I think that my strong background with the company as well as my energy and passion for the art form and community that they support will lead to a strong partnership.

To follow Daniella:

@dasibley

Deisree Parkman

What is your passion?

I love dance and being in nature

Tell Us About You?

I am a life long learner and lover of all things arts! From a very young age I pursued the art of dance which has led me to some of the most specatular places and allowed me to engage and fellowship with wonderful people along the way. As a dancer, I found success early on being the first African American to be cast in Disney's Diamond Horseshoe at 19. That led to a career of firsts or the being the only. I was chosen to kick alongside the Radio City Rockettes as well as grace the Broadway stages during my time performing. Most of the work I have done has revolved around providing access and opportunities in the arts for youth and pre professional students. Over the years this has looked like cultivating my own community programs through my mentor and coaching program Moving Armor where the goal is to create safe spaces to train in dance, get educated on the realities of life in the industry and provide resources and networks for them to be able to use later in life. It also looks like creating a book for young dancers started out Dancing with Naima. The book features an african american lead and follows her as she prepares for her first day. Packing her dance bag, fixing her hair and eating healthy to get her prepared for the big day. Being in this profession can be hard on the mind and body and it important to learn and practice balance early on. I try to strive for balance in my own life especially times like now. I was a person that found it hard to really commit to daily routine. What has helped me is what I call my daily 30. It consists of 10 mins of prayer/mediation, 10 mins of writing followed by 10 mins of movement. Setting this small goal has made a big difference in my day and my spirit. As I get older, I am becoming so aware of the changes in my body and certain adjustments I need to make to stay healthy. From more plant based meals, walks in nature, or just hanging out watching my beautiful cat ZouZou. I am always mindful of my role and the impact that I can carry as a mentor, teacher and advocate. These aspects of my life I feel have always come with me anytime I present a class, give a talk or even in my online presence. Motivating, empowering women, youth,to strive to create healthy lifestyle choices. I have followed Apolla and have always been impressed with the authenticity of the company and how it truly cares for the dancers health long term. It would be an honor to represent this brand and share with my networks the great work that you do, and get all my dancers in Apolla socks! This is how we connect,make change,and real progress.I am happy to be considered to play my part!

What do you advocate for?

As an african american woman I have always been inclusive and diverse. Growing up in a mostly white surrounding I had to find ways to include myself. This is a weird question for some( people of color) as my whole world is basically white so I have to make space for my own blackness. So what that looks like is being sure to insert cultural activities and learning materials for my students. Studies in black/caribbean dance history, watching videos pertaining to such and making sure students have access to media that represents them. From seeing more dance movies, books, series featuring black and brown dancers. I am adovacting for dance and arts as a business as well as for the students who will inherit it. I would like to see more diversity in dance curriculum technique and history as well as more representation all across the landscape of theatre and dance. We can do better. Art should reflect the world we live and right now it is disconnected.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I want to be an advocate because Apolla is more than just socks! You are committed to being a leader in the dance community through your online presence, blogs, and charity work. I want to be aligned with brands that are putting their work in action, not just talking about it, but being about it! In this time more than any other what we need is more authenticity in our building and inclusiveness. This is my life's work to be of service to my fellow artists and seek to gain a better world for us to create in.

To follow Desiree:

@desiredaffect & @dancingwithnaima

Devin Hill

What is your passion?

Dance, yoga, and pilates

Tell Us About You?

I am a twenty-eight-year-old dancer originally from Dallas, Texas. Currently, I live in Washington, D.C. and work as a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor. At the age of two, my mother placed me in dance classes as an alternative to traditional contact sports. I was born with an extremely rare eye condition, that made regular sports impossible for me. So, it was decided I would try dance classes, in hopes that it would improve my balance and coordination. I ended up falling in love with dance and continued until the age of eleven. In the years that followed, I took a break to explore some other things, but returned to dance my sophomore year of high school. The love affair began all over again and I have not stopped dancing. My need to further my knowledge in movement lead me to pursuing and receiving a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Central Oklahoma. Opportunities have led me to performing, choreographing, and teaching in Texas, Washington, D.C. metro area, and various places around the United States.

Nothing else in my life can thrive without my personal well-being; thus, health of my mind, body, and soul is imperative to living my best life. Self-love practices such as of meditation, affirmations, journaling, therapy, and reading are daily for me. As well as always surrounding myself with family and close friends. For my physical body, I sustain a vegan diet, cross train (cardio, yoga, and Pilates), and restore with stretching and massages. Most important of all, I take dance classes that uplift me to be the best version of myself.

I have chosen to dance despite having a disability. The dance world was not created with people like me in mind. Every day of my life is spent breaking down barriers toward curating a more inclusive, accepting, and compassionate society. It is my goal to inspire and motivate others to take a risk, pursue their dreams, and make a difference in this world.

What do you advocate for?

As an African American with a disability, I have experienced a lack of diversity and inclusion firsthand. Both in and out of the dance studios. Systemic inequality in race, gender, sexuality, and capitalism have left our society crippled. Change cannot and will not come about by just making a social media post. Now is the time to take action. I do not have all the answers for how we should bring about change, but I do know that I have a voice. My artistic outlet gives me the ability to reach others through movement, technology, education, conversations, and unapologetically showing up as my authentic self. Everyone has a platform no matter how big or small. I intend on using mine to continue to push the boundaries of diversity and inclusivity in dance and society at large. I am an advocate of humanity. Diversity, inclusivity, and equality are what we all deserve as human beings.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

A few years back, I sustained an injury to my right foot. The doctor highly suggested that I rest and take some time off from dancing. I tried everything to find relief from my pain, but nothing really worked. Following my doctor’s orders for the next several weeks, things really never changed with my foot. My injury had not worsened, but neither was it getting any better. Fear made me start to think that this was a career ending injury; the one that you hear so much about. Instagram came to my rescue, because one day I discovered The Apolla Performance. At first, I was really skeptical, and desperate to try anything that might help. My first pair of Infinite socks came in a few days later, after seeing the post and the rest was history. Within a few weeks, I was easing back into dancing again. Now almost four years later, I am injury free and dancing stronger than ever.
Apolla Performance saved my body, spirit, mind, and career. I believe in this brand with all of my heart and soul. Apolla has provided dancers with a way to properly care for their bodies. Dancers deserves longevity in the career, that they are so very passionate about; after all this is their heart’s desire. Apolla made this a reality for me and I want to make it a reality for everyone else. It would be an honor to advocate for a brand, that will forever have my trust, loyalty, and appreciation. It is my sincere hope to join the Apolla Performance family, which continue to make the world a better place.

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@dev_jloverhill_

Elizabeth Kessler

What is your passion?

Ballet/Heels Dance/Pole/Barre Fitness

Tell Us About You?

My dance training is in classical ballet (and I have danced professionally) but I have explored movement and choreography through ballet, contemporary, heels, pole, and barre fitness. In recent years, I have begun to focus on what my body can do rather than how it looks. I may not have my teenage "ballet body" any longer, but I love my body's strength, flexibility, and abilities. My passion for mental health and neurodiversity/disability accessibility allows me to strive for the healthiest version of myself and those around me. Both my teaching and personal relationships focus on a safe body and mind for my students and dance/movement friends.

What do you advocate for?

Growing up in a mixed family (my mom is Mexican and my dad is Eastern European Jewish), diversity has never really been an option for me. I live in the "different" space and while it can be difficult when interacting with people who are not so welcoming, I love my background. Outside of dance and movement, my passion is mental health and neurodiversity/disability acceptance. I have always connected to and fought for those who are "other." Dance is for all. This world is for all. And I hope my work can help make that true.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

My Joule shocks have saved my left foot on many occasions. After a bad sprain, my left foot and ankle have never been quite the same. Wearing the Joule has saved me from a lot of pain and allowed me to keep up with my passions!

To follow Elizabeth:

@liztheblackswan

Hope Patterson

What is your passion?

Movement! Whether this be ballet, contemporary, Chinese classical dance, sun salutations, a hike in the mountains here in Hong Kong, paddleboarding, swimming, skiing - anything kinesthetic is my passion!

Tell Us About You?

I'm a trilingual (English, Mandarin and Spanish), pre-professional contemporary ballet dancer living between the worlds of Hong Kong (the place I call home), New York, Perth and Los Angeles, with a passion for fitness, nutrition, and creating relationships with other like-minded, passionate individuals in creative industries. With the majority of my time spent on my studies and commitment to dance, I find tranquility in all things music - whether that be 50s classics, jazz, current rap hits, experimental electronic or classical music. I feel that music feeds my spirit.

I feel that I am able to set an example for those around me in my dance communities in all of my global landing pads, by encouraging open conversations with my peers to celebrate our successes as well as actively acknowledging and working through our confronting moments, whether they be artistic or physical. I feel that we as dancers, artists, and humans forget, especially in these times, need to be each others champions.

Something which inspires me personally is the feeling of euphoric realisation, or breakthrough, when you overcome a challenge or achieve something that seemed unattainable. This is what I use to motivate myself during intense training periods, and historically has been how I have combatted my injuries (accessorised by my Shocks!)

What do you advocate for?

Being born in Japan and wholly educated in a bilingual school here in Hong Kong, I feel that I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to a multicultural upbringing. With Hong Kong being an epicenter of international and cultural exchange, I can't imagine my life, nor who I would be as a student and artist without having educators and my peer group who reflect the diverse population that is Hong Kong! One of my main artistic goals is deeply tied to my appreciation and understanding of the importance of diversity & inclusivity, being to use dance and choreography to inspire and educate communities, as well as break global language and cultural barriers.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I want to become an Apolla Advocate to share my love of all things Apolla, and to promote a purposeful, supportive (pun intended!) product that not only advocates for the physical health and support of dancers, artists and athletes, but a product that truly walks the walk, or, tendús the tendú!

To follow Hope:

@hopepattersonn

Jaidyn Johns

What is your passion?

I am passionate about dance! I want to pursue a professional dance career.

Tell Us About You?

Hello, as many dancers I have an extremely busy schedule from academics, dance conservatory and then hours of dance classes. Some of the things that I do to keep healthy and balanced is trying to stay positive and creating a stress free environment. I am vegan and I eat a balanced diet, making sure I drink alot of water too! Although I enjoy being on social media, it is also important to give yourself a break from it for mental health. Going outside and getting enough rest are also important. My friends and dance mates know they can always depend on me and know I am there when they need me. I am often called "The Dependable Queen", a leader and motivator.

What do you advocate for?

I attend a Performing Arts School and we have a diverse student body. Learning and educating myself through programs at school, and also having friends of different ethnic backgrounds and cultures has made me a more compassionate person. I am an advocate for equal rights, BLM and animal rights.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I own almost every pair of Apolla socks and they are my absolute favorite! I love them so much! They help me dance longer, but also help with my recovery time. I want to share the exciting news with other dancers and athletes. They have made a difference in my dancing!

To follow Jaidyn:

@jaidyn_elise21

Justin Gazzillo

What is your passion?

Dance; acting; musical instruments; track; illustration

Tell Us About You?

I have been a dancer my whole life. Even during the times it's been difficult to be a male dancer – when kids at school found it funny, or as a point to bully – I keep training and staying on track. When I was in 3rd grade I was diagnosed with ADHD. I was that little kid who did not stay still, did cartwheels in the outfield at baseball games, and had the energy of the Energizer Bunny. But I have found that dance and music embrace and celebrate all of the things I have been told aren't "normal". They are also, the things that make me complete – and through them I am able to find my peace of mind and everyday motivation. When I am not in studio I run, or go for long bike rides. Then late at night I can be found in my room writing songs on the guitar or keyboard, or picking out a favorite Beatles tune to calm my soul. I am very protective of kids that are different, or have been told they are different (although what is different???). I always want be a positive role model for kids with ADHD, kids in the dance industry, and especially for boys that want to dance but might feel unsupported. I remember looking up to older male dancers when I was little and how special I felt when they talked to and encouraged me. If I can be that person for one minute for someone it would be amazing.

What do you advocate for?

I have had to learn to advocate for myself in school, which has taught me to speak up when there is something I see that needs to be spoken out about in my surroundings. My town is really very diverse – so I have been very lucky to be with people of all colors and religions and nationalities every day. I have never seen skin color as anything other than just a physical difference or a lifestyle choice as other than just something different from mine. As someone who often doesn't always take the same old road as others I definitely don't judge other people for theirs. It's a small step in the world, but if everyone felt the same way it would make a lot of big steps towards a better universe for everyone.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

Any platform that can be used to represent what you are really passionate about is an amazing opportunity. It's very important to take every chance we are given to speak up and out about being the best people we can be, especially now when the world is upside down in so many ways. I realize it's not just about posting pictures on social media, but knowing that it's also a chance to say more when possible.

To follow Justin:

@justin_gazzillo

Kimberly Madsen

What is your passion?

My passion is ballet, though my body pushes me more towards contemporary and modern now, and in cross-training and leading fitness classes.

Tell Us About You?

I grew up in love with dance and performing. My life took a detour, and I went to college locally at Mississippi State University - where we had no dance major. I led a student company and became really involved with fitness instruction as well. Ten years and three kids later, I am getting to realize some of my dreams as I dance with a local ballet and contemporary company in Memphis, TN alongside teaching dance and fitness and homeschooling my children. I had given up on myself as a performer and thought that I was too old to dance en pointe again. I believe it's important to proclaim that adults can follow their love of dance seriously, even if they never get to do it professionally. I believe firmly in cross-training and settling healthy goals - making dance work for your body instead of pushing your body to do unhealthy things. I love my Apolla shocks to dance, teach, and run in!

What do you advocate for?

I have always approached teaching ballet especially as teaching dancers their own musculature and making ballet fit their own bodies. I dance with an inclusive company, and I vehemently believe that dance is for every person, regardless of age, race, gender, or socioeconomic background. Growing up in small-town Mississippi made me believe that I was doomed to never "make it". Even though I've come to believe now that "making it" isn't the only way to measure success, I also preach that no student of mine should ever feel that way. If someone finds joy in dance, I want them to get every tool they need to succeed.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I want to spread the message that the joy of dancing is a reason in and of itself to dance, and to inspire and encourage other adults who might feel that because they'll never be pros, they should give up. We should NEVER give up on our passions - true success lies in finding satisfaction in your own hard work and growth.

To follow Kimberly:

@kimamadsen

Lainey Dunlap

What is your passion?

Theatre, music, dance, photography, baking

Tell Us About You?

I just began my sophomore year at university. I'm currently a theatre major. I struggle with hypermobility syndrome, and fibromyalgia which makes walking, acting, and dancing very painful at times as my body likes to shift things out of place. The shocks were sort of a miracle as they help a lot to give me comfort on walks, in the studio, or on stage. I strive to spread awareness of mental and physical health through my Instagram and youtube (which is linked in my profile). I believe we all have a story to tell and we are placed in the world for that purpose, my goal is to make others feel seen and understood.

What do you advocate for?

Empathy is one of the greatest abilities we have as humans. It doesn't matter where you've been or where you're going, so long as you're staying true to yourself and sticking to your path. I'm very supportive.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I would like to spread awareness and maybe help others find some comfort.

To follow Lainey:

@redheadgrace817

Laura Abbott

What is your passion?

Dance! I tap weekly when covid isn’t ruining it. I also enjoy travel and exploring by foot.

Tell Us About You?

I’m new to fitness, trying to eat mindfully and exercise more. I use a stationary bike a few times a week and I recently started using a goals journal. The month of August my goal has been to get outside more. I’ve done a hike, kayaked, swam, rode my daughters far to small bike, gone for more walks. Even just being outdoors. I try to be present when I’m outside. I try to take it all in and enjoy the heck out of it because here in maine the winters are long and cold! I’m hoping to have a good treadmill by winter to continue with fitness. This weekend I’ll be doing yoga with YouTube on my dock with a neighbor. Or attempting to! Should make for some interesting photos/unfortunately funny oops moments! I try to challenge my friends and family to join me in what works for them, be it yoga, closing Apple Watch rings, hiking, completing iFit challenges.

What do you advocate for?

I’m a nurse so I advocate every day for my patients. I also am passionate about equality for all and at one time worked on a political campaign to legalize same sex marriage in the state of Maine.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I have heard great things about Apolla. My daughter has used the shocks when she had arch pain with excellent results. She is a dancer and was having difficulty with barefoot work.

To follow Laura:

@idget16

Layla Goodwin

What is your passion?

Dance

Tell Us About You?

Layla is a seventh grade honor roll student. She is on student council for the second year. Layla LOVES to dance and trains in all genres: ballet, tap, jazz, acro, contemporary, modern, musical theater & hiphop. She is on her studio’s competition dance team for 7 years. Layla has a great work ethic but knows how to slow down and take care of her mind and soul. When she’s not dancing she enjoy baking and riding her bike.

What do you advocate for?

Layla is a big believer in kindness matters. She is always including everyone and makes everyone feel welcome. She is a great role model at her dance studio to all of her peers. She is always taking care of others before herself. #KindnessMatters

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

Layla loves your socks. They are so versatile. her new favorite way to wear them is over her pointe shoes.

To follow Layla:

@layla_loves_to_dance

Leslie Blake Walker

What is your passion?

Dance and Theatre!

Tell Us About You?

I am a professional dancer in the musical theatre industry, and I am passionate about taking care of your body and preventing injury, which is why I am always recommending apolla products to my colleagues! I try to remain body positive, assuring my following that ALL bodies are beautiful and deserve to be taken care of. I believe in advocating for yourself, staying true to your passion and your vision, and encouraging your peers. I truly believe we are all in this together. I love watching my friends succeed!

What do you advocate for?

I advocate for equity and inclusion for people of all different backgrounds. I am a proud Actors Equity union member, and I am very vocal in pushing for policies in our industry that protect and work for us ALL. I am not afraid of challenging what is “normal” in the name of equality, and I try to make that very clear in my message and my platform.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I have been using apolla shocks for a few years now and have always been SUCH a fan. The product saved my legs when I was having shin splints, I swear by it. I can’t think of a better company that I would want to represent. I fully believe in the product and it would be a privilege to represent this incredible company!!

To follow Leslie:

@leslieblakewalker

Madison Marshall

What is your passion?

Dance is my passion in life! I love to dance even in the grocery store, at home and basically anywhere!

Tell Us About You?

I am 14 years old and dance competitively. I work daily on stretching and flexibility. I also try to do some yoga and meditation to help keep me relaxed and focused when I am dancing. I also get messages and try to roll my muscles out to stay lose and keep my muscles healthy. I love the shock socks because I do lots of dancing on floors that aren’t great so they help my feet not ache. I already have to roll my feet on tennis balls after dance to help run out the ache. Especially when I am assisting at conventions all day.

What do you advocate for?

I am An ambassador for Ballet in the City. I work with them to raise money for the non- profit organization to help promote ballet for everyone. We do fundraisers, classes and promote their scholarship program for African Americans. I believe everyone should have the ability to dance. I also put Tiger Friday in touch with one of the dance companies here in the Richmond, VA area that has inner city kids that attend and could use new dancewear that Tiger Friday donates to them. I believe that everyone should be able to dance and have the items they need to do it like a scholarship money and dance clothing. I would love to share all the amazing items of Apolla Performance offers with those that can not afford such items.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I love all your products and I am excited to try and use more. I dance and compete on pointe and I can’t wait to try those socks and all the other amazing products! I would love to show the world how effective they are and how important they are for dancers and others to keep us dancing and moving longer and more comfortably!

To follow Madison:

@madison.marshall_

Maleek Washington

What is your passion?

Dance, Biking, Sneakers

Tell Us About You?

Hello my name is Maleek Washington. I’m a New York native from the Bronx growing up uptown gave a lot of perspective of the world. I’m grateful for my upbringing and the morals I was taught to look in all people and in myself. When I found dance it became the vessel that help me communicate my voice with clarity for all to see and hear. Being able to break stereotypes weather it be about race, my sexuality because I am an artist, or being a one trick pony. I speak from the heart and being a teacher, choreographer has given me a way to share with the next generation to give them confidence to be we haven’t tried yet.

What do you advocate for?

I am a dancer with Camille A. Brown and dancers. Being in dance company that is majority black is how i embrace my culture and the world. With a group of amazing artist I am able to share with people of all walks of life, all races, LGBQT+, and even religious belief.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I want to extend my support and advocacy for change while keeping connected to dance.

To follow Maleek:

@maleek_washington

Michael Birmingham

What is your passion?

Wellness, I love teaching healing arts and Music, dance, cooking and yoga are a few of my favorite expressions.

Tell Us About You?

I teach wellness and founded inner firewellness focused on balancing wellness of mind body and soul.
For me personally this includes dance, yoga, meditation and more.

What do you advocate for?

As a latino male of mixed descent that is very much in tune with his feminine side ensuring everyone is included and has a voice is critical to our growth as a culture. We are one and constantly on our journey back to remembering that.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I think it is important for people to understand how technology advances can help us be more vital in mind, body and spirit. Your product is fantastic and helps people have more awareness in movement and keeps us safe and thus moving! Wellness is my passion and As a 500 hr yoga teacher, personal trainer and wellness coach I understand how we need to have proper posture and alignment to keep our bodies safe. Movement is a gift whether belly dancing, doing kung fu, yoga, playing or just supporting the body in the course of a day it is critical to have the support we need to keep us feeling vital in mind, body and soul!

To follow Michael:

@innerfirewellness_mb

Michela Pasquini

What is your passion?

My passion is dance. I breathe and live dance. I have enjoyed taking Zoom classes while our studio was closed. I could take dance classes all day long if I could.

Tell Us About You?

Hello my name is Michela and I have 11 years old. In order to have a healthy mind, body, and soul I dance. I feel that dance gives me an outlet to dance out my emotions, but I am a pretty happy person. I motivate my teammates by giving them compliments and just being a nice person. I have seen how drama hurts people so I stay away from drama and so do my friends. Being on Zoom has been a little tricky to form deeper friendships at school but I try to give compliments and motivate my classmates by being a good person and letting others know I appreciate them. I like people to be happier after being with me.

What do you advocate for?

The way I embrace diversity and inclusiveness in my everyday life is that I make it a point to include others. When I was at the dance studio I would make sure to ask others who were near by to join us. At a recent photo shoot, there was a girl who wasn't dancing and I asked her to join us. It just takes that one person to include others and make that person feel good about themselves.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I would like to become an Apolla Advocate because they really work. When I was taking Zoom classes the floors in my dance room were really hard. Once my mom bought me the shocks, I felt like I could dance all day. The flooring is very different then my dance studio. The shocks helped me feel even more confident while dancing. I mostly use them for dance, that I didn't think about taking a picture in them. I definitely will start taking pictures in them. I love my shocks!!

To follow Michela:

@michela.dancer

Natalie Bumgarner

What is your passion?

Dance

Tell Us About You?

My name is Natalie Bumgarner and I am a 13-year old dancer from Johns Creek, GA. I train in a full-time Pre-Professional Ballet Conservatory at the Royal Dance Academy in Suwanee, GA and have been dancing there since I was 2-years old. I also spend my evenings training in Contemporary, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop and participate in our studio's Elite Competition Team. One of my favorite things about the studio I attend is the holistic approach that the faculty takes with our training. We spend a portion of each day utilizing the principles of yoga, pilates, and conditioning to help us strengthen and promote proper recovery. We also focus on nutrition and a healthy mindset in our daily lives. It is so important to takes the steps necessary to keep yourself healthy while striving to be your best. Dance is something I truly do with all of my heart, body, and soul! I hope that my passion, dedication, and work ethic will inspire others to follow their dreams no matter what they are! I would love to show others that anything is possible!

What do you advocate for?

I truly try to embrace diversity through kindness and inclusion to everyone I meet. One of the best parts about dance is that no matter your background or your beliefs, its something that can unite everyone! Dance is for everyone! It's one of the reasons that I like training in multiple styles because you get exposure to so many different types of people. You don't have to have a certain body type to be talented and there is a place for everyone in the dance world! I am so lucky to attend a very diverse dance studio with dancers from all different backgrounds and Nationalities. I love that Apolla does so much to give back to the community and would love the opportunity to help share those programs.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I would love to become an Apolla Advocate so I could help spread the word about your amazing products and community programs. I often wear my Apollas when I’m dancing because I love the way they allow me to use the floor and still feel grounded and connected. Especially during long convention weekends, the shocks are perfect for dancing on carpet and ballroom floors and keep my feet healthy and safe! Unfortunately, I have struggled with ankle problems but wearing Apollas (especially the Joules) really help me feel more stable and supported and they easily fir over my pointe shoes. Apolla is such a huge part of my everyday dancewear, I’d love to have a platform to share that with other dancers who face the same challenges as me. I attend a couple dance events each month and am very active on Social Media. I also assist for Elevate Dance LLC here in Atlanta, and often have the opportunity to assist at various dance conventions throughout the season. When I do, I am usually wearing my Apollas on stage! Thank you so much for your consideration!

To follow Natalie:

@natalie_rae_b

Natalie Mack

What is your passion?

My passion is dance.

Tell Us About You?

My name is Natalie. I love dance because I’ve always had a passion for it. Dance just speaks to me as an art form. It’s allows me to let go of all the negative feelings. I love how I can express how I’m feeling in that moment while dancing. I strive for a healthy mind, body, and soul by not comparing myself to others. I know who I am and I love who I am. Also, I do work to motivate others.

What do you advocate for?

I embrace diversity and inclusiveness by realizing that everyone is unique in their own way. I try to never leave anyone feeling excluded. I advocate for doing what’s right, and making friends not enemies.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I would love to become an Apolla Advocate because I always wear their shocks when dancing at home or in the studio. They help my feet so much! My feet feel supported in the shocks. I would love to share my love for Apolla with everyone possible!!

To follow Natalie:

@ballet_natalie16

Nina Yoshida

What is your passion?

My passion is ballet, but through ballet I have found my love for yoga, as well as teaching both dance and yoga.

Tell Us About You?

I am a professional ballet dancer at the American Repertory Ballet, and an RYT200 certified yoga teacher. I am also a student in the LEAP program (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals) at St. Mary’s College of California. I love practicing and teaching both dance and yoga, not only for the physical benefits, but also for the intrinsic happiness it gives me to integrate my mind, body, and soul into my movement, and share that happiness with others. On stage, I wish to share the love and joy I feel when I am dancing with my audience and my fellow dancers. On my mat, I strive help my students find the calm focus and pleasure I find while practicing yoga. I especially love working with less experienced dance or yoga students to inspire and motivate them to dive deeper into their explorations. For my own health, I practice controlled breathing and meditation on top of my daily physical activity to calm and focus my mind, a skill that is essential for a performer. Health of the mind, body, and soul is extremely important to me, and I wish to spread my knowledge of how to live a healthful life with my students and colleagues.

What do you advocate for?

I always strive to be fair and inclusive as a teacher and dancer. I am willing to work with anyone and put my best effort into that work, and I strive to make the experience of working with me as pleasant as possible. I believe that everyone should be treated with kindness and respect, and I strive to spread that belief with everyone I meet.

I and my family are also invested in providing for the education of a family that is much less fortunate than we are. We came to know this family because my parents hired the mother as a caregiver for my sister and I when we were babies. We have since stayed in close contact and maintained a friendship with the family. This family is from a disadvantaged minority community, and we have sent those family members books, provided resources for their education, and helped them to attend college. Most recently, we helped the middle daughter, who I have known since she was a baby, apply to colleges. I was able to see first-hand how dedicated her family was to giving their daughter an education, yet how much harder her circumstances made it for her to do so. Her strength and perseverance has given me hope that with help and guidance, everyone can have the opportunity to become educated. I believe these actions help struggling minorities in a concrete and productive way. These kinds of deeds pave the way for a civilization where we all help each other to rise up rather than allowing some members to struggle.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

Whether I am in or outside of the studio, I strive to spread my love of movement with the world, and this is why I would love to be an Apolla ambassador. I feel that my strengths lie not only in my positive, encouraging attitude, but in my safe, anatomically correct approach to ballet and yoga training, in my own body as well as in my teaching. Apolla shocks have helped me to come back even stronger from two ankle surgeries in the past two years, and they have gotten me safely back on pointe faster than I could have hoped. I hope to share the valuable knowledge I have gained from my recovery to help others avoid the pain and frustration of injuries. Apolla shocks are very important in the process of training or retraining movement because they allow the body to work correctly for longer without tiring. This allows for a faster and safer progression of strength, which is essential for any athlete.

To follow Nina:

@ninaballerina98

Pilar Gamboa

What is your passion?

Her passion is ballet.

Tell Us About You?

I will be writing this portion for my daughter since she is only 9 years old. Pilar is a ballet dancer who also enjoys other styles of dance. She eats very healthy, loves to read, draw, and do yoga with the family. She strives to keep her mind healthy with prayer/meditation and being active/creative. She works very hard to be an example for other young Latina girls who may not fit the look of a typical ballerina. She learned at a very young age that getting casted may be affected by her look and not by her ability as a dancer. These experiences have made her work harder to prove that she can accomplish her goals and represent other Latina girls.

What do you advocate for?

Pilar embraces diversity and inclusiveness in her life by believing she is worth more than a perfect body and I pretty face. She embraces her heritage, is proud to be Latina, and a strong girl. She is an advocate for animal rights, children with disabilities, and overall girl power! She loves to take care of our foster puppies, volunteers to sit down in the playground with a student in a wheelchair so she is not alone, and hopes to someday teach dance to kids with disabilities. She says dance is her voice and wants to teach dance to kids who have disabilities so it can also be their voice.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

As her parent. I believe in everything your company stands for. Pilar and I have watched your IG live chats and I love that you educate dancers, parents, teachers, and the community about mental and physical health. I also believe that taking care of your feet is so important. I always look for the best products to protect Pilar’s feet and have researched your product.

To follow Pilar:

@pilar.s.ballerina

Ruchita Verma

What is your passion?

My passion is dancing, spreading love, and helping others to follow their heart. I am so grateful for dance because this is what truly makes my heart so happy and is the first thing that when I wake up in the morning that lights my soul on fire. Dancing, spreading love, and caring for others is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Tell Us About You?

I strive for a healthy mind, body, and soul in many different ways. I love working on becoming better than the person that I was yesterday. I like to journal my emotions and express myself because it helps relieve stress and overall lightens my mind. Before I go to bed everyday, I like to remind myself of three things that I am grateful for. Life is so beautiful and even on those days that don't seem like it I am still so grateful because I know that the struggle that I'm in today is developing the strength that I need for tomorrow. For my body, I make sure to eat healthy on a daily basis and take time for self care when I need it by taking a nice warm relaxing bath. I also use Apolla shocks to take care of my feet! Dancing makes me so happy and brightens my soul! I love everything about it! I work very hard to be an example and to motivate others. I let people know that they should not compare themselves to other people but to take what others do as inspiration and say, "Wow that's so cool, I'm going to work hard to get there" instead of saying "I'm a bad dancer" and etc that make you feel like you're not good enough. Inspiration not comparison. If you keep working hard, what's meant to be for you will always be for you. Everything in life is working towards helping you reach your dreams. It's so important to me to let people know that their dreams can come true if you work hard, follow your heart, and listen to the rhythm of your soul. Also know that you deserve to take space. The world wouldn't be the same without you in it. You are amazing!

What do you advocate for?

I embrace diversity and inclusiveness in my everyday life by being accepting of everyone that I meet. I love listening to people's stories and learning about their experiences because these are the things that make us special. Even people who have not been so nice to me, I am grateful and accepting of them as well. I've learned that if a person is being mean to me it's because they are hurting on the inside. I offer them help and offer to be their friend. I advocate for love, for everyone because we all need it. Think about the smallest actions that we take each day such as choosing what shoes to wear. In our hearts we feel that we want to wear shoes that we feel good in but then in the end we end up choosing to wear the shoes that are "popular" or "trendy". Why do we do this you ask. It's because we are constantly thinking about what other people think and about wanting to "fit in". And why do we want to fit in? It's because we are seeking love, affection, and appreciation. We only live once so why fit in when you were born to stand out? As humans we need love and care. 20% of the world goes to bed hungry but 35% of the world goes to bed hungry for love and affection. This is a huge number which is why it is so important for me to spread joy, spread love, advocate for love, and bring awareness to mental health. Everything that makes us different is what truly makes us beautiful! Our different gifts, joys, and strengths make life so bright and I want people to know that they are a bright light in this world. Diversity is so so amazing! We don't have to be a certain way to fit in. We can be anything that we choose to because you are you! Our different walks of life, gifts, and passions are the things in my eyes that makes life so exciting! There is space for everyone on this Earth to share their light! I advocate for love, acceptance, equality, peace, justice, following your heart, mental health awareness, self care, staying true to yourself, normalizing differences, being the amazing you, and knowing that you are loved and deserve to take space.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

There are many reasons why it would be more than a dream come true to be an Apolla Advocate. First and foremost, I love Apolla with all of my heart and more than words can ever explain. Apolla will always hold a special place in my heart. I am so grateful for my shocks as they help me dance longer and stronger. It would be an honor to help promote and let everyone know about how amazing these shocks are! They help so much and I firmly believe that everyone should own these fantastic shocks! I would love to share your shocks not only on my social media platforms but also at my dance studio, school, dance training program, conventions, and competitions! I will work hard to create posts, videos, and stories! Additionally, I would like to be an Apolla Advocate because my shocks also make me more confident! They are so magical and I want to share this with everyone that I know. They help prevent injuries, let people do what they love longer, stronger, and feel confident at the same time. That is super awesome and I would love to share that with everyone that I know! Moreover, I love your company's values as they strongly align with mine. It would also be a great opportunity to learn more from all three of the amazing co-founders as I look up to all of them so much! I am so grateful to have Apolla in my life not only as a dancer but as a person as well because they are my true superheroes! Lastly, I want to be an Apolla Advocate to spread love and light in the world which starts with showcasing my immense gratitude and love for the the beautiful Apolla Performance Footwear. It would be a honor and dream come true to be a part of the Apolla Family. Sending so much love and light your way :)

To follow Ruchita:

@ruchita.love.peace

Samarth Ramaswamy

What is your passion?

My passion is dance.

Tell Us About You?

I always work to motivate others. Everyday I wake up to a good breakfast and surrounding myself with calmness. Even if I am overwhelmed I take my tasks one by one. The main thing that keeps me going is dance. This really helps me strive for a healthy mind, body, AND soul. I pour my heart in dance and improving myself and this really makes me happy and fuels me to do other tasks which I may not look forward to.

What do you advocate for?

I embrace diversity by celebrating my culture, family, and what I like. I advocate for open-mindedness and perseverance which I live by everyday!

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I would like to become an advocate for Apolla because I truly love my shocks and I have used them since March in my basement on concrete floors. I danced every days and I haven’t even hurt my ankle/foot once because of these shocks. Even before I love using Apollas and I admire what the brand stands for! If I became an advocate I would take full advantage and show all my friends how amazing Apolla is, not just for dance!!

To follow Samarth:

@samarthr_

Sarah Grous

What is your passion?

My passions include dance, music, singing, and acting!

Tell Us About You?

I try my best to set a good example for my followers, especially since I know most of them are so young and impressionable. With the world being so online right now I realize they could be seeing almost anything, but I hope that what they see in me will motivate them to be better. Whether it’s eating right, exercising, spreading positivity, or just living life to the fullest. My main goal is to spread happiness amongst so much hate.

What do you advocate for?

I advocate for equality. I was brought up believing that no person is worth less than another. No matter who they are or where they come from. Social media is filled with hate these days. People will pick out the slightest imperfection and try to convince that person, and others, that they are worth less because of it. I believe that everyone deserves the same amount of respect and love as everyone else. In the end we’re all just doing our best to survive.

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

Apolla has helped me so so much. I fractured my foot last year and as a dancer, it was devastating. I didn’t know if I would be able to dance again because of all the complications I was having. Apolla gave me the support I needed to get back into dance. I believe that I’m so much stronger now because of my apolla shocks!

To follow Sarah:

@sarahtaps

Savannah Cedillo

What is your passion?

Dance, Pilates, Yoga

Tell Us About You?

My name is Savannah Cedillo, I am a dancer, I enjoy cross training to keep a healthy mind, body and soul. To motivate others I TA classes at my studio to inspire the younger generation, and stay positive.

What do you advocate for?

Full Advocate for BLM, LGBTQ+ and more!

Why did you want to be an Apolla Advocate?

I want to become an Apolla Advocate because I feel that I can represent the brand well and I stand for the message you are giving.

To follow Savannah:

@savannahcedillo

Want to be an Apolla Advocate too? Spots may open up in January 2021! Until then, we watch for those that are active participants on our social media platforms. So join our Apolla community @apollaperformance

What do you GET as an Advocate?

Apolla Ultimate Kits

You will get an Apolla Ultimate Kit. Keeping you supported & protected. YAY!

A Platform

We give you a community to share your story with and an ally in your cause. We promote YOU!

Affiliate Income

Earn commission off of your referrals while helping to educate & inspire everyone do what they love longer & stronger!

What do you GIVE as an Advocate?

Social Media Content

We know you love Apolla Shocks and we want you to share that love every week by tagging us. More details on application.

4 Month Commitment

Your term as an advocate will be 4 months long. You will be able to reapply each term.

Engagement

We ask you to be an active & engaged part of our Apolla community on social media, helping us spread education & inspiration to all! More details on application.


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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!

Size Chart

Size Chart

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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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