Shipping

We can't wait for your products to arrive at your home! Here's how they'll get there. 

Allegro Dance Boutique is pleased to offer FREE Standard Ground shipping within the 50 United States via USPS on all orders over $100. Orders under $100 will be charged a flat rate of $9.95 to ship to the United States. 

Allegro utilizes USPS for our eCommerce Shipping. Standard Ground Shipping will result in most packages to addresses in the contiguous US arriving in 3-6 business days. We will ship USPS flat rate packages to Hawaii and Alaska but these may take longer than the above mentioned 3-6 days.

Due to Covid-19, we have temporarily suspended our International Shipping. We hope to resume international shipping as soon as possible. 

If you are a European resident, you may shop with Allegro by visiting allegroboutique.eu

We offer free in store pickup at Allegro Evanston and Barrington. If you have ordered an item that is only available and in stock at one location, we are happy to transfer your order for pickup at our other location. Please allow extra time for us to make the transfer. Please contact orders@allegrodanceboutique.com with specific questions

We have recently implemented contactless pickup at our boutiques due to concern surrounding Covid-19. Please contact us at (224) 307-3831 to inquire about the most recent updates regarding Covid-19 and Contactless Pickup

Returns and Exchanges

At Allegro, we do everything we can to ensure you are happy with your purchase, but we know that sometimes a product is just not right. We’ve made our return policy as easy as possible.

We have a 30-day return policy, which means you have 30 days after receiving your item to request a return. Please note that refunds do not include the cost of shipping merchandise back to Allegro Dance Boutique. Please allow 1-5 business days for the processing of your refund from the time your product(s) are received and approved. All refunds are for merchandise only. Shipping charges are non-refundable.

As long as your return adheres to the requirements described above, follow these steps to return your product(s):

Please email us at: orders@allegrodanceboutique.com

After reviewing your request, we will email you a return authorization code. Please print this number and securely attach it to a suitable shipping carton. 

Return items should be mailed to:

Allegro Dance Boutique
eCommerce RETURN/EXCHANGE
104 South Cook Street
Barrington, Illinois 60010

We will receive and review the products you have returned. If the returned products have met all of our return policy requirements, we will process the refund and send you a confirmation email. We are only able to credit the original credit card used to make the purchase. Please allow up to 8 business days for this process.

If you have any questions or concerns about making a return, feel free to contact the us at orders@allegrodanceboutique.com 

Any returned product(s) must be returned in all of their original packaging, and must be in new condition. All products must be unwashed, unworn, and not sewn (if applicable). Allegro may reject the returned product if there is damage to the product and/or product packaging. All hangtags must be attached to the garment and proof of payment must accompany the garment(s) at time of return.

If a product is deemed unfit for return, Allegro will notify the customer that the return has been rejected and no refund will be issued to the customer. The customer can choose one of the following options:

PPE Products, tights, underwear, makeup, sale and clearance items, and gift cards are final sale. Once tights have been tried on, they are considered used. Because it is impossible to tell whether or not a package of tights has been opened or not, we do not accept tights for return, so that we are sure to not be selling used tights to our customers. Similarly, we don't take returns on underwear.  We want to ensure we are selling all customers underwear and tights that have never been worn.

Any shoe that has been sewn may not be returned. Customized products are not eligible for return. 

No returns or exchanges may be processed on YUMIKO brand products. All YUMIKO products are final sale whether purchased in store or online.

The fastest way to ensure you get what you want is to return the item you have, and once the return is accepted, make a separate purchase for the new item.

If the item was marked as a gift when purchased and shipped directly to you, you’ll receive a gift credit for the value of your return. Once the returned item is received, a gift card will be e-mailed to you. 

If the item wasn’t marked as a gift when purchased, or the gift giver had the order shipped to themselves to give to you later, we will send a refund to the gift giver and he or she will find out about your return.

Yes. As with all returns, please make sure to bring your proof of payment with you. 

Please contact Allegro Dance Boutique Customer Service at (224) 307-3831 Monday through Friday 10 AM to 6 PM Central Time Zone for any questions regarding returns.

You can always contact us for any return question at orders@allegrodanceboutique.com

Ordering

Our online payment options include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Apple Pay, and Allegro (USA) gift cards. 

Our in store payment options include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Apple Pay, and Allegro (USA) gift cards. We also accept cash, but this is strongly discouraged due to Covid-19.

Yes. In order to avoid errors in shipping and communication, we require all customers to register on our website before making a purchase. 

Retail Store Locations

Come visit us!

Allegro has 3 store locations across 2 continents. We have two locations in the Chicagoland area (Barrington and Evanston, IL) in America, and one location in the Porto area of Portugal, Europe.

European customers can shop at allegroboutique.eu

The first Allegro location is on Central Street, Evanston's premier shopping corridor. Central Street is a tree lined street north of Downtown Evanston, filled with lots of other great independent boutiques and businesses. We are located just 2 blocks west of the Metra (Union Pacific/North Line) Central Street station and less than 1 mile west of the Central Street Purple Line El stop. There is metered parking along the street as well as a metered parking lot across the street from Allegro.

Our second Allegro location is in Barrington, IL. We are located in the heart of the Downtown Barrington Village shopping area, which is also filled with lots of other great independent boutiques and businesses. There is plenty of parking on the street and in parking areas maintained by the Village. We are also only a block away from the Metra (Union Pacific/Northwest Line) Barrington Station.

Promotions and Discounts

Allegro has, since its beginning, always contributed back to the local dance community with sponsorships and donations to non-profit dance companies, youth programs and programs for dancers with limited access to dance as well as physical disabilities.

To inquire about donations, please contact shop@allegrodanceboutique.com Please note: due to Covid-19, we have limited ability to make new donations and sponsorships for the forseeable future. 

To stay up to date on our events and news, follow Allegro on Facebook or Instagram. You may also sign up for our email list, located in the footer of our website. 

We hold many sales throughout the year that you can find out about by following @allegroboutique on Facebook and Instagram. 

Yes! You can purchase a gift card in person at our boutiques, or online by searching for "gift card." Treat your gift card like cash as it cannot be replaced. Gift Cards are final sale.

Pointe Shoes

We are proud to be one of the best pointe shoe retailers in the whole world. Our fitters are experienced dancers that have been trained to provide you with an invaluable experience. You're sure to find your perfect fit with Allegro!

Allegro strongly recommends only ordering pointe shoes online if you have already been fit in those shoes previously. If you have never had pointe shoes or are looking to try a new style of pointe shoes that you have never worn before, please come into the store for a fitting. If you are unable to visit our boutiques for a fitting and need a new style of shoes, please email us at shop@allegrodanceboutique.com or text us at (224) 307-3831 to discuss a virtual pointe fitting. 

If you would like to come into Allegro for a pointe shoe fitting, please call us in advance or book online and keep in mind the following:

Please allow about an hour for your fitting, although you may be done sooner if you are coming for a quick replacement or know exactly what you want to try. Please bring your old pointe shoes, your current toe pads, and any accessories you wear inside your shoes. Please also wear a pair of convertible tights if possible. Make sure your toenails are trimmed, but try not to cut them the day of the fitting, as this can cause sensitivity and will affect your perception of fit. Please show your pointe shoes to your teacher for approval BEFORE sewing on ribbon and elastics. Shoes may not be returned once they have been sewn.

- Mesh bag for proper shoe storage and care 

- Lambswool for extra comfort, and adjustment as your shoe breaks in 

- Stitch kit/Sewing tube for sewing your shoes 

- Toe Wrap to protect your toes

- Footsie roller because your feet are going to be sore!

Congratulations on being approved for pointe! Fitting appointments for beginners are a must. Your first pointe shoe fitting is very special, and we want to give you the full Allegro experience! We’re so excited about your accomplishment and want to have the time to teach you what to expect and how to sew and care for both your shoes and your feet.

We strongly recommend coming into the store for a fitting, rather than ordering your first pair of pointe shoes online or using our TelePointe service.

Every foot and every dancer is different. Please allow 60-90 minutes for your first pointe shoe fitting. It is to your benefit to try several different kinds of shoes before we find one that is right for you.

Before getting pointe shoes, you MUST have the approval of your ballet teacher. Pointe shoes are not for beginning ballet students!

We recommend:

- Please consult with your teacher beforehand to get any specific suggestions about pointe shoe brands and toe pads. 

- Wear a pair of tights if possible and something you can move in. 

- Make sure your toenails are trimmed, but try not to cut them the day of the fitting, as this can cause sensitivity and will affect your perception of fit.

About us

We love sharing our passion for dance with our community!

Our mission is to improve the lives of dancers by providing them high quality products, exceptional customer service, and an environment as beautiful as what they do.

Here are Allegro's 10 guiding principles:

1. Facilitate self-expression

2. Choreograph beautiful customer experiences

3. Pursue growth and learning

4. Seek to inspire and be inspired

5. Embrace and drive change

6. Do more with less

7. Have a passion for winning

8. Be friendly and fun, but professional

9. Build a positive team and family spirit

10. Work hard, go above and beyond

First started in 1993, the original name of the business was “Before the Ballet.” Under new ownership in 2007, we knew we wanted to change the name. We held a “Rename the Store” contest with our customers in 2008, and "Allegro" was the winning entry made by local dancer, Jennifer Nakashima. The winning tagline entry, "apparel for bodies in motion" came from an anonymous entry. 

Our logo was designed by talented Portugal-based designer, Rui Rodrigues from Qoob Design Studio