In many ways, Worldtone Dance is the ‘Little Shoe Store That Could.’ We have been catapulted from a small family-owned dance shoe boutique to the national spotlight — shoeing the stars of Film, Television, and Broadway.
Once considered New York’s best-kept secret among New York dance professionals, dancers nationwide now call WORLDTONE “that place with the best selection of dance shoes anywhere.” While we were once focused only on dancesport shoes, over the past two decades, we expanded into the world of beautiful theatrical shoes.
We provide theatrical shoes and custom production services to the Great White Way, Las Vegas, Hollywood and theatre venues around the world. Whether it’s classic dancesport shoes for Dancing with the Stars, vintage styles for Hamilton, Beautiful, and Jersey Boys, or custom-created pieces for Rock of Ages or West Side Story, either we have it — or we can make it.
Our company's founders, Kenneth and Nomi Spear, met as folk dance teachers and began WORLDTONE as a business dedicated to that dance form. Together they licensed arrangements and produced recordings of international folk dances and then rented venues in local churches, community centers and schools to teach them to people of all ages. It was from these dance classes that they realized their students couldn’t find comfortable and supportive shoes. And that is how a little store that begun a music business ultimately evolved into the premier destination for dance shoes in New York.
Since 2002, their daughter, Lani Spear, has helmed Worldtone. A background in marketing, financial services and technology prepared her to take Worldtone into new markets. In May 2006, Ms. Spear proudly launched Worldtone Los Angeles. She had barely finished unpacking when the costume designers of “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” came calling.
Retail Sales. Broadway. Television. The Movies. Each Worldtone location offers more than 350 styles of women and men’s dance shoes and continues to grow.