LaBrie Dance began in 1947 as a children's specialty shoe store located in the basement of a women's boutique in Greenville, RI. Inspired by demand and loyal families, within a few short years the exclusive children's store became a full-family shoe store.
In 1980, with Bob LaBrie Sr. at the helm, "LaBrie Family Shoes" moved to a larger space at the Apple Valley Mall. Again catering to the needs of loyal clientele, a small portion of the new space was designated to the outfitting of dancers, offering a few necessary objects.
The demand for dance supplies continued to grow, and in 1990, LaBrie's moved to an even larger space, our current location, to accommodate an astonishing selection of family shoes and dance supplies. At this time, Bob LaBrie Jr. took over all operations and decided to focus on developing the Dance side of the store. He worked hard and did a lot of research, forging business relations with many local dance teachers and students. Before long, LaBrie's was reputed as the premiere shopping destination for dancers of all ages and disciplines.
By 1997, the Dance department had grown so much, the Family shoe department had to go. Within six months the shoe department was liquidated to make way for what has become New England's largest selection of dance shoes and apparel. The LaBrie's have developed a thriving enterprise with a professionally trained staff and generations of loyal and satisfied customers.
Stephanie has been dancing for 17 years. She received her preliminary training at Atwood Performing Arts Center, Cranston, RI and continued her dance education at Rhode Island College. Stephanie will graduate in Fall 2006 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance Performance. She has been working at LaBrie Dance since 1999.
Everyone working at LaBrie Dance has some sort of dance experience. Our several part time employees bring a diverse background in the Performing Arts to LaBrie. In return, not only being knowledgeable of the products we carry, this helps our staff give customers a more personal experience with the products as well.