In response to your "practice clothes" question. (I'm new so I don't want to do anything wrong here) but I am a dancer that sews for dancers so I do have some things if you are interested. "color of shoes": I am very fair (except for the freckles) and my instructor/partner prefers that I wear the lighter color because even when I air-brush tan myself, I'm still not as dark as my copper color shoes. But I still wear them! But it is because I love the flexable sole and am hard to fit so didn't want to guess at size on an internet site (been there, done that, ouch) so tried on at a comp. so they coud help me special order them. Only flex sole they had was in the copper color. I love them. Happy dancing!