Ballet teachers teach their art anywhere from a couple classes per week to the rough equivalent of a fulltime job (or more). Add in those rehearsals with sweaty children and teenagers, and they deserve a great gift, whether it’s National Teacher Day, Nutcracker audition day, or recital night.
Here are 21 ballet teacher gift ideas over which we think any ballet teacher would pas de chat for joy.
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21 Lovely Ballet Teacher Gift Ideas
Ballet Teacher Pencil Set
Bettie Confetti’s adorable pencil set. Under $10, these are going to give your teacher a smile every time she takes roll at class. Seriously on pointe.
Personalized Ballet Water Bottles
A personalized water bottle from Simply Graceful Design. With a gift like this, your ballet teacher won’t be accidentally taking a sip from someone else’s bottle and he or she’ll stay hydrated during that long day of rehearsals.
Ballet Bracelet &5678…
Ballerinas like to joke that they can only count up to 8. Your teacher will crack up at the sentiment of this pretty, golden bracelet. Just $28 from Tom Design at the time of this posting.
Cozy & Cute Slippers
These Acorn Forest slippers are a bit pricier, but they are the cutest we’ve seen, and if anyone deserves to pamper their tootsies, it’s a ballet teacher.
Long Sleeve Yoga Top
Most teachers have put their pink tights and black leotards away for good. This flattering Yoga top comes in nine different colors and goes with anything. Between $13-20, depending on size and color options.
Floral Yoga Pants
Patterned in a beautiful floral print, these Yoga pants are a flattering and comfy way to stay flexible all day at the studio. From ArtFish, these run $10-15 depending on size.
Custom Engraved Wooden Ballet Instructor Sign
A custom designed and engraved plaque will look perfect hanging on the outside of your teacher’s office door, or set up on her desk. Whether humorous and whimsical (Miss Betsy, Ballerina Maker), or professional and sophisticated (M. Baryshnikov, Director), this is one gift that is sure to be treasured! Available in several sizes and options, fully customizable.
Dance teachers take notes. A lot of notes. And they need somewhere to keep them organized. Enter this pretty journal, which has such a lovely cover and features quotes from famous dancers sprinkled throughout the pages.
Ballet Teacher Planner
Planners are a must for teachers to keep track of all they do. We like the looks of this one. Filled with lined pages, the cover highlights a quote from Mikhail Baryshnikov, “I do not try to dance bettter than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”
Floral Ballet Bag
Most ballet bags are designed for children, with gem stones, sparkles, and cartoon depictions of ballerinas on the front. We like this option for their grown-up ballet teacher, a floral gym bag. Just the right size for their water bottle, journal, a change of clothes, and a snack.
Ballet Bento Bag
This LifeWit lunch bag is unisex, nice to look at, totally practical, leak proof, and thermal. Never go hungry at rehearsals again!
Copper Slide Hair Barrette
Hair accessories are a pretty way to keep your teacher’s hair out of her face while she demonstrates those pirouettes. This pearl and metal hair barrette is functional, practical, and handmade in Russia. What’s not to love?
Boho Ballet Teacher Headband
A sweet boho headband brings a pop of color and style to the classroom.
These colorful and oh-so soft pashmina wraps are perfect for a chilly classroom, or for jazzing up a pair of Yoga pants and a leo. By Paskmlna, and available in more than twenty colors.
Dancing Is Like Dreaming With Your Feet Socks
Ballerinas On Canvas offers these cute ballet socks as the perfect gift idea for your ballet teacher.
Custom Engraved Thermal Travel Mug
A insulated coffee/tea thermal YETI tumbler mug will keep your teacher’s drinks hot for six hours or cold for 24. Of course, we recommend the pink. Available at Northwest Gifts, includes free personalization.
Dancin Vineyards Wine
Made in Southern Oregon wine country, Dancin Vineyards’ bottles of reds and whites are gorgeously labeled with photos of real ballerinas. A momento to treasure even after the wine is gone. Prices vary with wine choice, but they’re all worth it.
Born to Dance Wine Glass Set
To pair perfectly with your Dancin’ Vineyards wine, this set of two “Born to Dance” wine glasses are a pretty way to unwind after a long day of teaching.
GOT BALLET? Car Sticker
A fun take on the classic trope, this Got Ballet? Sticker is a fun way for your ballet teachers to decorate their car, laptop, or studio windows.
Ballet Canvas Art Prints
These modern dancers on vintage looking canvas are a beautiful way to liven up the studio space. Choose from several designs, many of which complement one another.
Les Parfums de Rosine Ballerina No 1
This fruity, floral Les Parfums de Rosine Ballerina No1 perfume is a perfect choice for a woman full of zest and spontaneity, according to the makers. Inspired by the ballerina rose, whose small flowers resemble rows of ballet dancers, the scent is a rose and peach accord on a milky base – a sweet and sophisticated fragrance.
Ballet teachers in all walks of life work tirelessly to give your children the finest education in the world.
It may look to outsiders that they are instructing the ‘little things’ in life, the unimportant or the optional, but a world without music and dancing would be a stifled, dull, and sad world indeed. One where people trudge their feet instead of twirl, and limp along instead of pirouette.
Show your Arts Appreciation with a thoughtful gift for your ballet teacher!
Melyssa Williams is a writer by day (check out her retelling of The Nutcracker, steampunk-style) and a ballet teacher in the evenings and weekends. She lives in Southern Oregon, where she frequently uses pencils to both write with and to keep her bun pinned in place. You can follow her blog here.