A Nostalgic Summer

A Nostalgic Summer
Lately I've been looking back to the beginnings of my time at BBW when we were located "On the Hill" in a little space on Pennsylvania Avenue next to The Sink. Wave Rave was next door and Jacque Michelle was above us. The door was usually left open to let the sun and air in. On breaks I would run over to the market by Serendipity or over to the Brillig Works for a strong cup of coffee and a muffin that was too large to eat.  It's here where I fell in love with this community and where I met some of the most influential people to my adult life (outside of my family).  Our original logo was designed by Troy Stone and included a beautiful version of the flatirons. Troy, not unlike today, rode his bike everywhere and always stopped by to say hello. Since then, Troy has had a traumatic brain injury while riding his bike that changed the course of his life. He has taught me so much about resilency,  happiness and the importance of the little things in life that I cannot say thank you enough. It is at this time that I also met Elaina...
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How to Choose the Right Dance School By Julia Wilkinson Manley, Colorado Conservatory of Dance

How to Choose the Right Dance School By Julia Wilkinson Manley, Colorado Conservatory of Dance
With so many options available, finding the right dance school can be an overwhelming prospect, especially if you don't know a plie from a fouette. Here are some of the basic tips that can help you sort through the masses and find the dance school of your child's dreams.  #1 Decide what form of dance. This has a lot to do with your child's personality and needs. Ballet is the basis of most, if not all, other dance forms, so a good foundation in ballet can make a dancer more successful in other dance styles. Ballet also helps to teach self-regulating behavior, especially for children who have trouble sitting still or paying attention.  #2 Read the director's resume. Teaching dance is not as easy as it looks. Since there are no requirements for opening a dance studio, you want to make sure the school is run by a qualified teacher who has studied for decades and has a degree and/or a professional career. Remember you are trusting this person with your child's physical safety, so make sure they really know what they're talking about. The school should have a well organized website that includes resumes for the director and other faculty...
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What's more fun than hanging out with the ladies?

What's more fun than hanging out with the ladies?
Indeed! What IS more fun than hanging out with the ladies? Maybe shopping, getting a massage, experiencing essential oils and learning about the 24 day challenge with Advocare, all while having some tapas and wine!  March 18th from 5-9, that is exactly what we will be doing at BBW. Everything in the store will be 25% off and sale racks will be an extra 10% off up to 75% off. Fresh in for spring in fashion from Om Girl, Beyond Yoga, ALO, Cut Loose, Wooden Ships and all of your favorites will be here. This is a great time to stock up on what you dancer needs too -shoes, tights etc. Jesse Werner will be offering chair massage to get you thru the mid week slump. Jillian Schoffel will have doTerra Essential oils for you to explore. If you haven't learned about the incredible properties of essential oils, they are wonderous. We've been using citrus oil around the store to keep us humming through the day. Lastly (but not least), Advocare will be here showing the products for their 24 day challenge for a healthier lifestyle. No obligations, just information and fun.  We hope you will join us for this fun...
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It's back! Buy a pair of pointe shoes, get 25% off a leotard!

It's back! Buy a pair of pointe shoes, get 25% off a leotard!
Come in for your pointe shoes and leave with a great leotard! New leotards in from So Danca, Bloch, Motionwear, KD Dids, Capezio, Body Wrappers and Gaynor Minden. Coming soon to Boulder Body Wear....WEAR MOI!  
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New Winter Hours Start December 1st!

New Winter Hours Start December 1st!
The sun is not as high in the sky, the air is a little more crisp, and we are tucking ourselves in just a tad earlier at night.  Our winter hours will begin December 1st and are as follows: Monday, Thursday, Friday - 9am-6pm Tuesday & Wednesday - 9am-7pm Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 11am-5pm Pointe & prepointe are by appointment and we have plenty of availability for you!
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Do you have something to say? BBW is looking for guest bloggers.

Do you have something to say? BBW is looking for guest bloggers.
We love to talk. We love to share. We love to listen. We love to learn. Do you have an experience with dance, yoga or any other community event that you would like to share with others in the BBW community? If so, consider being a guest blogger on boulderbodywear.com! From time to time, we will be doing a shout out for guest bloggers on different topics pertaining to community but please, don't wait for the call out. Shoot us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know what you want to discuss. We can converse and give you a thumbs up with some perameters for posting.  Help build the community and join in the speak! 
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Do you have something to say? BBW is looking for guest bloggers.

Do you have something to say? BBW is looking for guest bloggers.
We love to talk. We love to share. We love to listen. We love to learn. Do you have an experience with dance, yoga or any other community event that you would like to share with others in the BBW community? If so, consider being a guest blogger on boulderbodywear.com! From time to time, we will be doing a shout out for guest bloggers on different topics pertaining to community but please, don't wait for the call out. Shoot us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know what you want to discuss. We can converse and give you a thumbs up with some perameters for posting.  Help build the community and join in the speak! 
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Our Holiday Gift to You.

This holiday season we have opted out of large ad campaigns, over the top holiday hours and all the stress that goes along with the season. We would like to THANK YOU for shopping local, thereby supporting your community and the arts it promotes by offering 20% off any full price purchase of $75.00 or more. A coupon is located on our home page for you to show at the register - on your phone or by print.  Holding onto the holiday spirit is hard to do when things get stressful. Rest assured that we have great gifts for the yogini, dancer, pilates, NIA and gym enthusiast in your life ( and you!). You can get them trendy to comfy to responsibly produced gifts. When all else fails, a gift certificate wrapped in a ribbon is a wonderful gift as well. Our staff is happy to help you and your special person find what ever you should need. Furthermore your dollars stay local and matter to people you see in the shop and out in our community.  We will posting images of all the wonderful gift items we have to our social media sites - FB, Instagram, Twitter and Pintrist so...
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Fall Preview Sale starts 9/11

  This season’s fashions are relaxed yet sophisticated with cozy, functional styles. From lightweight to thick and plush, sweaters are the mainstay this year. Pair with straight, slimming denim or active leggings and your favorite pair of boots for a strong, feminine feel. You’ll also see pastels accompanying the customary warmer colors of autumn for a softer touch. Get the look at BBW. 25% off September 11-22nd. Come get your favorite sweater, jeans or leggings of the season for less. Brands include Wooden Ships, Koral, Jag and Silver Jeans, ALO and Om Girl.  
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2014 Gaynor Minden Essay Scholarship Winner Inara Wheeler - "How Dancing Enhances Community - A Personal Story"

  Dancing is flying like a bird. It’s a way to let go of everything and just burst out and surround yourself with freedom. I discovered that when I was only two years old when I saw my first Nutcracker. Before me was a colony of shimmery snowflakes, swirling and leaping around the stage. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be a ballerina. For me, dancing was getting three scoops of double chocolate chip ice cream in a rainbow sprinkle cone. It was delicious and fun, and I loved it! My first ballet class was magical. I loved life, school and dancing. As a very small child I dreamed I was going to become a professional dancer. My childhood was happy until I turned five. Sadly, at that time my daddy was diagnosed with stage-4 brain cancer. Since my dad’s medical bills were high, it was hard for my family to pay for my ballet classes and find time to get me to the studio everyday. At the Colorado Conservatory of Dance I was surrounded with such warmth that I felt like I was a part of a big loving family (I was blushing nonstop). To me, CCD isn’t just a ballet school, it’s a family that invites anyone who has...
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Gaynor Minden Scholarship Essay Contest - Why it is important to put your thoughts into words

Gaynor Minden Scholarship Essay Contest - Why it is important to put your thoughts into words
We have been promoting our Gaynor Minden Essay Contest this past month. Young dancers may wonder why putting your thoughts about dance and community into words is important.  Dance is a beautiful modality of expressing oneself by telling a story via movement. This may be a personal story or the story of another. Either way, the audience, the performers, the choreographers are all touched - but in their own personal perspective. Putting your thoughts and emotions into words is another beautiful modality of expression. Processing these thoughts and then articulating them helps you develop your own personal perspective. We would like to hear from you. Your perspective about how dance enhances your community will help others understand and think about this very important issue. The arts are important to every community - help share the emotion with your words. The deadline for essays has been extended to 8/21. Essays need to be a minimum of 500 words. Please send your perspective via an entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Gaynor Minden Scholarship Essay Contest is NOW

  It's time for our Annual Gaynor Minden Scholarship Essay contest!    -Winner will be awarded 2 pairs of Gaynor Minden pointe shoes. -Winning essay and picture will be posted on the BBW Blog. -Winner will meet and have picture taken with Blake Latin, professional fitter from GM. -Essays on “how dance enhances our community” are due 8/15 and   need to be no less than 500 words. Essays will be judged on presentation as well as content. -Must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -Winning essay will be announced in conjunction with our Gaynor Minden fitting day on 8/23.   Let's get writing!    
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The Basics Sale

The Basics Sale
Basics never go out of style! Come in May 22-29th and get 25% off the core of your workout and yoga wear. All basic yoga pants, leggings, capris, shorts and bras will be on sale at this time. Your favorite brands and fabrics. Now you have no excuse for not going to class due to faded or see through basics!
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Holy moly! It's a leotard sale for everyone!

Wonder Woman and Super Girl wouldn't miss this! It's a sale that we have not had before. ALL leotards, dance or gymnastics, child or adult are 25% off April 11 thru the 14th. This includes all the great manfacturers that you have come to love - Mirella, So Danca, Gaynor Minden, Motionwear, Mondor and more. Fashion and basics for class, camp and intensives at a great discount. We may not have your superhero leotard but you'll feel like one with money to spare! 
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The Busy Bees

The Busy Bees
I dislike very much being so busy that I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. I dislike even more feeling "unbusy" or without purpose. One of the wonderful things about spring, is that it gives us re-purpose to the tasks we have trudged through during the dark winter months. Suddenly, the days are longer and the light at the end of the tunnel is brighter.  At BBW we are excited for spring too. Not only do we have new fashions for you to revitalize with but we have them at a great price. New styles of shoes are coming in (I promise Aris Allen is still coming!) and old styles are being improved upon. We are adding new faces to our staff, opening up to new ideas and working on new ways to serve you better.  Sometimes busy is a drag. Sometimes busy works against you. Sometimes you just have to believe it will all pay off.  Happy Spring and see you soon!
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Spring Sample Sale Starts Friday

Spring Sample Sale Starts Friday
Angie is a collection inspired by the bohemian lifestyle with romantic, flowing tops and dresses in colorful, fun prints. Start your spring wardrobe with color and feminine style. On sale for 25% off starting this Friday.
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Classic Oxford Capezio Taps for 53.00, Mary Janes for 15.00 - the tap sale continues online only

Classic Oxford Capezio Taps for 53.00, Mary Janes for 15.00 - the tap sale continues online only
If you need them, or will need them, this is a great deal for you! We are getting new styles of tap shoes so we are making room by marking down the classic oxford  to 53.00 and Dance Class Mary Jane little girl taps for 15.00. Our mens classic oxford character shoe has been discontinued as well and is discounted to 65.80.  Shop online for these special discounts only (some are no longer in the store). Not a bad time to get some dance shoes for less.  
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Yoga IS for everyone. A short guest series. First contributor Amy Deva.

Yoga IS for everyone. A short guest series. First contributor Amy Deva.
Let me start by saying I've heard it all.  "I'm not flexible enough for yoga." Yeah, and I'm too dirty to take a shower.  "Yoga is boring." You probably found a boring teacher or style that wasn't right for you. "Yoga is for chicks." Actually until around 100 years ago, yoga was (mostly) restricted to only men. "I don't need yoga, I stretch at home." Yeah, I don't need a dentist, I brush my teeth on Tuesdays. "My sister blew out her shoulder doing yoga." Injury happens, and more importantly, so does healing.  "I don't have time for yoga." If you have time for TV, you have time for yoga. "Is yoga a religion?" Yoga teaches about what it means to be human, which some religions also do.  "Am I going to need tight pants?" Only if you want them. Tight pants help when you are moving quickly and don't want to tangle up your feet.  The good news is there is a kind of yoga for every single person on this planet.  The popular kind of yoga right now is a fast paced, high energy, athletic yoga. Luckily that is not the only kind of yoga. There is yoga that...
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Yoga IS for everyone. A short guest series, Part 2.

Yoga IS for everyone. A short guest series, Part 2.
  Yoga, as simple as taking a breath. If I could have one wish it would be that everyone would practice yoga. Yes, everyone. When I mention yoga to people I often hear “I’ve always wanted to try it, but I’m not flexible” or something along those lines. The average person perceives yoga as being twisted up like a pretzel, or maybe even as a woo woo spiritual practice. That’s a misconception and those thoughts can put up road blocks to a wealth of healthy living. As far as bending into a pretzel goes, I practice yoga with veterans, inmates, people who are struggling with emotional as well as physical challenges beyond the average, people who don’t want to enter a yoga studio as a starting place. I’m deeply inspired by people challenged with paralysis, or with an ankle fused by a bullet, or anyone who has to take great effort to arrive on their mat. I think that if they can find a way to practice yoga, everyone can. It’s not about flexibility or having the perfect body.  it’s a matter of finding a teacher who will start with the basic postures and technique while incorporating breath and storytelling to...
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Why We Love Tap - a series of guest bloggers share their stories

Why We Love Tap - a series of guest bloggers share their stories
Some of you may already know Gene Gebauer, master tap dance instructor in the Denver area from his classes and performances in the area. You may not be aware that Gene was a dancer on Broadway for 20 years, with "Hello Dolly", "Sugar" and "Camelot" as part of his repetoire. Gene was also featured in 2010 at the St Louis Tap Festival. The mayor of St Louis named "Gene Gebauer Day" in honor of his achievements. Here Gene shares with us his reasons for loving tap. Why do I like tap? I gotta say, first off, because I can still do it at age 79. It means so much to still be able to dance full out (almost) at my age, after 67 years of ballet, jazz, modern and Broadway. Second, tap is fun. Fun isn't a word I would use to describe my years of ballet, jazz and modern. Next, I would have to say I like tap because it is very social. I also like it because it doesn't hurt. Tap is fun to teach. I hope I have inspired someone to give it a try. - You can find Gene's teaching schedule and more info on his career...
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