Capezio Dancers Dream Shoes – Footlights for Budding Ballerinas


Introducing the Capezio 550 Junior Footlights, the perfect beginner ballet shoes for your budding ballerina! These beautiful dance shoes allow young dancers to find their footing while looking and feeling their best.

The Footlights feature a soft PU leather upper in an elegant ballet pink that forms to the shape of your child’s foot. The leather is specially treated to be moisture absorbent, wicking away sweat and allowing the feet to breathe during long practices or recitals. An Achilles notch in the back collar provides additional comfort and flexibility.

The smooth leather sole is ideal for ballet, providing the right amount of grip and slide needed for proper technique. The edges are folded over and stitched for a clean, professional look. The heel is made of plastic for support during relevés and battements, topped with a leather lift for style and durability. Young dancers will love hearing the tap-tap-tap of their leather taps during choreography!

Sizing runs slightly large, so we recommend ordering 1/2 size down from your street shoe size for the perfect fit. The hook and loop closure ensures a snug, secure fit that stays on during leaps and turns without being too tight.

The Junior Footlights are specifically designed to provide everything a young ballerina needs from her first pair of shoes. The soft leather molds comfortably to the shape of growing feet while still offering structure and support. The taps build confidence during practice by letting dancers hear their steps. And the classic ballet styling makes any young dancer look and feel like a prima ballerina!

As a parent, you can feel good knowing your child will be dancing in quality-made shoes from Capezio, leaders in dance footwear since 1887. Their shoes are trusted by dancers of all ages and skill levels, including students at prestigious dance academies and professional companies like the New York City Ballet. Capezio has been making children’s dance shoes since the early 1900s. That’s over 100 years of experience creating comfortable, supportive shoes that help young dancers learn and grow!

See for yourself why Capezio Junior Footlights are a popular choice for a dancer’s first pair of ballet shoes. Give your young one the gift of dance with the confidence-building design and features they need to progress from their first plié to their first performance on pointe!

Key Features:

  • Soft PU leather upper conforms to feet
  • Moisture absorbent microfiber lining
  • Low profile elastic throat for secure fit
  • Achilles notch for comfort while dancing
  • Leather sole with folded over edges
  • Plastic heel with leather top lift
  • Leather toe and heel taps


Capezio recommends sizing 1/2 size DOWN from street shoe size for the best fit. The shoes should be snug when new but will stretch and form to your child’s foot. Consider going up a half size if your child is between sizes.

This style runs larger than typical street shoes so sizing down prevents gapping or sliding in the shoes while dancing. Capezio’s high quality construction means these shoes will mold to your dancer’s feet for a custom fit over time.

Refer to the size chart below for recommended sizing based on your dancer’s current street shoe size:

Kid’s Street Shoe Size: 11 – 12.5 Ballet Shoe Size: 10.5 – 12

Kid’s Street Shoe Size: 12.5 – 2 Ballet Shoe Size: 12 – 1.5

Kid’s Street Shoe Size: 2 – 3.5 Ballet Shoe Size: 1.5 – 3

Kid’s Street Shoe Size: 3.5 – 5 Ballet Shoe Size: 3 – 4.5

As always, the fit of dance shoes can vary depending on the shape of your child’s feet. Have your dancer try these on in store with their dance tights or socks if possible. Our friendly customer service team is also happy to help with sizing questions!

Ideal For:

Beginner ballet students starting their first dance classes
Young dancers looking for their first pair of ballet slippers
Ages 5-12, grade school through middle school ages
Narrow or medium width feet

Customer Reviews

“My 6 year old daughter is so excited to have her first real ballet shoes! She says they are soft and comfortable. The pink leather and taps make her feel like a real ballerina. She wears them all the time! They seem very durable and well made.” – Julie L.

“These are a great beginner ballet shoe for my 8 year old’s dance classes. She says they are easy to get on and off by herself. The hook & loop closure means we don’t have to worry about laces coming untied. Much better quality than department store brands we’ve tried.” – Sarah M.

“So happy I got these for my granddaughter’s first ballet recital! She loved the sound of the taps during her performance. The shoes looked very professional on stage. She also liked the soft pink color. The leather molded to her feet nicely over a few weeks.” – Debbie R.

We Stand Behind Our Products

Capezio has been a leader in dance since 1887. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, return within 30 days for a full refund.

At Capezio, dance is our passion. Let us help your child discover the joy of dance and performance. Shop the Junior Footlights and all Capezio dancewear with confidence today!


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