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The Dancewear Center Story

Dancewear was established in 1984 by Carolyn Vendetti. Prior to opening Dancewear Carolyn was the owner and operator of her own beauty salon Styles by Carolyn. Carolyn left the beauty industry to raise her two children.

After a few years she wanted to get back into business for herself. Her sister who owned a dance studio suggested to her to open a retail dance store. Four months later Carolyn opened Dancewear Center. At the beginning the store was small, but as time went on she expanded into the rental space next door. As her business grew she needed more room for her shoe inventory and children’s attire. To date Dancewear has been opened for 33 years.

Throughout the years there have been many changes to shoe types and styles. In the 80’s many of the adult character shoes did not come with taps. Dancewear would have to order the taps and her father would put them on. Not until the mid to late 90’s did major companies start manufacturing the shoes with the taps on.


Dancewear Center Today

As Dancewear Center’s reputation grew and became more established in the Erie area, Carolyn found it necessary and beneficial to travel to the surrounding states to better service her customers. She started taking trips to towns in New York and Ohio. Bringing a van full of shoes and dance apparel to studios to fit and size their students.

​As we continue to grow we hope to better serve our customers’ needs and wants online. Being online will give us the opportunity to quickly and efficiently communicate with our customers. We are passionate, professional and personable.

We pride ourselves in our excellent customer service and friendly atmosphere. We hope you will continue to shop local and support the Dancewear Center who has been Erie’s number 1 choice for serving the dancers dancewear needs since 1984.