Artistic Dance Fashions, my preferred dancewear store, has been in business for over 55 years. After June 15th, they will be no more. Gone. I'm happy for the owner, as she's retiring and this is a long-planned shutdown. At the same time I'm sad for the loss to the community.
Here's a link to an article in the Washington Post about this: Clicky
Everything is on sale, at least what is left. I just picked up two packages of tights for $10/ea (a good price online is ~$20/ea). While I waited I watched girls get getting the Cinderella treatment with brand-name pointe shoes for $10/pair. One girl walked out with two pair: one that fit her perfectly, and one pair the next size up.