Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | February 6th, 2017 | Posted in News

Don’t miss our BOGO 30% DANCE SHOES SALE all through February 2017!
5301 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640


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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | January 25th, 2017 | Posted in News

Don’t be left in the cold! Stop by for 30% off on sweaters, warm ups, leg warmers, and sweater tights! ¬†In-store sale now through January 31st!


chicagodancesupply.com 773-728-5344

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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | December 12th, 2016 | Posted in News
Dancer: Bryan Hurd. Photo: Sean Williams

Dancer: Bryan Hurd. Photo: Sean Williams

Join us in celebration of our loyal customers! Enjoy light refreshments and drinks inlcuding Karen’s Holiday Lemonade after 6pm! Storewide 30% off and all clearance and sale items are an extra 10% off (excludes tango consignment items)! Later Night Andersonville is also going on so stop by other local shops that will also be open late. Thank you for Shopping Small and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | November 15th, 2016 | Posted in News

Save 20% on all TIGHTS on Tuesdays in November! In-store offer so stop in today: 5301 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640  contactus@chicagodancesupply.com 773-728-5344




Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | November 9th, 2016 | Posted in News, People

Small Business Saturday in Andersonville

Dancer: Hannah Duncan, Photo: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Andersonville’s Holiday Shopping Passport Event will take place once again on Saturday, November 26th. Get your Holiday Shopping Passport for chances to win fabulous prizes from over 20 local Andersonville merchants. Shoppers, bring your passport while shopping Saturday, November 26th, to any participating SBS merchant. Simply present your passport, get it stamped, and become eligible for fantastic raffle prizes! Passports will be available starting the week of November 14th at Chicago Dance Supply and all participating merchants.
Click here for a complete listing of fabulous raffle prizes and event information that will be taking place on Shop Small Saturday!

Participating Andersonville Small Businesses include
The Runner’s Edge | Sir Spa | Norcross & Scott | Andersonville Antiques |Women & Children First | Murray & White | Wooden Spoon | Early to Bed | Presence | George’s Ice Cream | Alley Cat Comics | Andersonville Galleria | Pastoral Cassona | Koval Distillery | Jerry’s Sandwiches | Chicago Dance Supply |Candyality | City Olive | Cross Roads | Painted Light Photography and Framing Gallery

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | November 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography, News

Dancer Hannah Duncan of Elements Contemporary Ballet.  Photo Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Dancer Hannah Duncan of Elements Contemporary Ballet. Photo Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | October 18th, 2016 | Posted in Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography, News, People

Entertainment legend, Ben Vereen, was honored by Chicago Tap Theatre this weekend for “Achievement in Storytelling Through Movement”. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth was on hand to photograph the exciting event. To see more photos and for more info on Chicago Tap Theatre, head to http://chicagotaptheatre.com/an-evening-to-honor-ben-vereen/

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography: An Evening with Ben Vereen &emdash; Leni-8710-CTT

Ben Vereen, Jennifer Pfaff Yonally and Mark Yonally. Photo: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Chicago Dance Supply supports CTT!
Chicago Tap Theatre strives to bring awareness and appreciation of the art form of tap to people who otherwise may not see dance.
For more info and how to support CTT, go to

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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | September 18th, 2016 | Posted in Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography, News, People

Video:  Giordano Dance Chicago New Season Sneak Peek

We were delighted to visit Giordano at the Katten-Landau studio for the open company class with Homer Bryant and an intimate sneak peek of their upcoming season. Check out the video below.  For more info about tickets and events, visit http://giordanodance.org


Behind The Scenes with Giordano Dance Chicago from Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth on Vimeo.

Homer Bryant teaches open company class for Giordano Dance Chicago

Homer Bryant teaches open company class for Giordano Dance Chicago

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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | September 8th, 2016 | Posted in Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography, News

Stop by Chicago Dance Supply today for your chance to win a free photoshoot!

Every Friday this month at 5 pm we will draw a winner. Enter in store (no purchase necessary), one entry per person per day. Offer ends 10/7/2016

Prize includes:

30 minute photo session
Online viewing proof gallery
One hi-resolution digital image of your choice
Option to order more images or prints

Check out the links below to see past work and for photoshoot ideas! Get ready to #strikeapose with CDS!
Photoshoot opportunity expires 30 days after winner is notified.  See store for more details or call 773-728-5344.
Photography by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, chicagodancephotography.com
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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | September 8th, 2016 | Posted in How To, News

Four Essential Questions to Ask Before Buying a Ballroom Dance Shoe

So, you’ve decided it’s time to buy yourself some new ballroom dance shoes? ¬†Congratulations! ¬†Whether it’s your first or fifteenth pair, here are four¬†basic¬†questions that may help you on your dance quest.

IDS International Dance Shoes Larissa / Cindy Sequin. This unique, distinctive and glittering collection features the popular 'Larissa/Cindy' style in an eye-catching combination of Satin with Sequin trim. Suitable for both latin & salsa dancing.

International Dance Larissa at CDS

What kind of dancer are you?

A competitive dancer may want something different from their shoes versus a casual social dancer. Differences may include aesthetics and/or function.  For instance,  competitive dancers may want to get shoes that are very snug and break them in.  They also may want shoes to be a little shorter than usual so that the shoe shows off and molds to their foot when they pointe.  Casual dancers may want comfort over anything else especially if they aim to dance all night long.  Knowing your commitment to the dance will help you to decide whether or not you need workhorse dance gear or just a step up from your regular street shoes.

Supadance 1008. A very popular rounded toe elastic court with a shorter toe length. Elastic looks smooth when on the foot.

Supadance 1008. A very popular rounded toe elastic court with a shorter toe length. Elastic looks smooth when on the foot.

What kind of dance will you dance?

Some dance shoes do a better job of crossing over to several styles of dance than others, and of course, ¬†personal tastes will always come into play. ¬†However, there are certain shoe characteristics that are typical for particular dances. ¬†Ask any seasoned dancer who prefers one dance over another: ¬† West coast swing dancers may prefer flats or low chunky heels. ¬†Salsa dancers may want a 2.5″ strappy sandal whereas a dancer competing in International (Standard)¬†may want a 2″ closed toe pump. ¬†Having a dance in mind before you shop will help you narrow down your options.

Where will you dance these shoes?

There are many places to dance.  The list might include dedicated ballroom studios, nightclubs and/or outdoor summer dance festivals.  The surface of your chosen dance floor may help to narrow down the kind of shoe you will look for.  Typically, ballroom shoes are made with a soft, suede sole which allows articulation of the foot.  However, if you know you want to use these shoes outdoors on concrete, you might consider looking for a leather sole and perhaps a chunkier heel versus a stiletto.  Envisioning where you will likely dance may help guide you when you shop.

Does your teacher have a preference?

If you are a student, it’s best to talk to your teacher about your dance shoe requirements, especially if you are learning more than one type of dance. ¬†They may be able to recommend one shoe over another based on your level (eg. practice shoe versus performance shoe, ¬†2″ versus 2.5″, open versus closed toe, stiletto versus flare heel, standard versus latin heel). ¬†Better yet, invite them to come along to the fitting. ¬†If you have invested in dance classes, trust that your teacher has your best interests in mind.

Shopping for a ballroom shoe may take a bit of time, but the payback in smoother, more efficient dance moves and longer nights on the dance floor is surely worth it!


At CDS, the standard dance shoe fitting rule of thumb is for the foot to fill the shoe in all directions.  New shoes will feel snug, like a glove.  New shoes will stretch.  The degree of the stretch will depend on the dancer and the shoe material.  Extra space in the shoe becomes an invitation for uncomfortable blisters.  The shoe should feel supportive and yet should not completely inhibit the toes from moving.  For closed toe shoes, the tips of your toes may touch the end of the shoe, however, your knuckles should lay as flat as possible, especially when you do any type of lunge or knee bend.  We are happy to assist you in your next dance shoe purchase.  Call or visit us today!

5301 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60640

View our ballroom dance shoe collection here.

Read How to Break in Ballroom Shoes by Jennifer Becker

Read Dance Shoes:  How to Get the Perfect Fit