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Pointe Shoe Care – The Ballet Site

Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Ballet Shoes, Tips | 2 comments

You have just bought new point shoes and you’re excited to use them. Before you do, check out these tips on care and maintenance of ballet point shoes to make sure your pointe shoes last. . Image Via – Pointe Shoes You’ve heard it a thousand times, but let me make it clear: never leave your wet pointe shoes in your dance bag! Not allowing them to properly dry will decrease the life of your expensive pointe shoes. Many types of shellacs and glues are available for re-hardening pointe shoes. One in particular that I have heard of is called Fabulon, which can be purchased at your local hardware store or sometimes even through dance stores. via Pointe Shoe Care – The Ballet Site.

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Pointe Shoes on Holiday

Posted by on Jun 25, 2007 in Ballet Shoes | 0 comments

You have been taking ballet classes for several years, then you started pointe work for several more years and now you are ready to take your first ballet audition for a professional company. By now you must be about 16, 17 years of age and are now a fantastic ballet dancer ready to dazzle your peers with your ballet point work. You’ve been through a lot and you deserve a rest, a pointe shoe holiday? So what are you going to do? Have you thought about a career in dance or are you going to college? If you are as good as you feel being a ballet dancer, then you take the audition. After that you go on holiday for a while and put your ballet pointe shoes to rest. They need it too! The biggest dilemma for a future career as a ballet dancer is “do I go to college or do I take the audition and hope I get into the company?” Answer! Finish High School and go for the career in dance. Take a correspondence course to get your college degree. If you decide to audition after college you will be about 20, 21, or 23 years […]

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Different Types Of Ballet Shoes

Posted by on Jun 25, 2007 in Ballet Shoes | 1 comment

An essential part of each ballet dancer’s world, ballet shoes are beautiful and play an important part in every ballet dance. Designed in ways to enable swift movement, ballet shoes help dancers to perform more beautifully without hurting their feet and endangering themselves while dancing. Research shows that some brands are particularly known for making good ballet shoes of different types, materials, and designs. Angelo Luzio, Freed, Gamba, Grishko, Leo, Patterson, Sansha, Art Stone, Bloch, Capezio, and Danshuz are some brands among others which specialize in ballet shoes or slippers. Multitudes of companies offering excellent-quality ballet shoes flood the market. Capezio, Tutu, Discount Dance Supply, Estrella Dancewear, Dancewear, All About Dance, and Whistlewear among others are some examples of companies where we can find good ballet shoes. Ballet shoes, or otherwise known as ballet slippers, are usually made up of leather, canvas, or satin. Often, choosing improper footwear can damage your feet beyond repair. Hence, deep research is needed before buying a pair of ballet slippers. Ballet slippers are always preferred to be snug but not too tight and should always have enough room for the toes to spread out comfortably. Good ballet shoes also have ribbons and elastics to […]

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Ballet Shoes

Posted by on Jun 24, 2007 in Ballet Shoes | 0 comments

According to many, dancing is considered to be one of the oldest art forms, which comprises of structured movements and expresses joy of free, physical motion. The rhythmic motion involved in dancing reflects human reaction to various emotions and presents a perfect synthesis between the human mind and the abstract. Ballet dancing is said to be a combination of emotion and intellect, spontaneity and order, spirituality and sensuousness. Aesthetic ballet dancing requires a long and tapered line of the legs that is better reflected and enhanced by the typical conical shape of the ballet shoes. Ballet shoes are also known as slippers or pointed toe shoes and are used for dancing on the tip of the toes. Also known as ballerina, these shoes are considered to create an illusion of weightlessness, reflected through the different moves of ballet dancing that include spinning and skimming on the floor, combined with sustained poses. They keep the feet aligned to the floor and help in controlling the leg muscles required for the various moves in a ballet dance. Ballet shoes are primarily made up of leather and canvas. Leather ballet shoes provide warmth to the feet, especially in cold studios. However, the choice […]

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History Of Ballet Slippers

Posted by on Jun 23, 2007 in Ballet Shoes | 2 comments

Ballet is one of the most beautiful and controlled form of dance. The dancers seem to float upon the stage as they are slight in figure and dressed in ethereal barely there costumes to contribute to the illusion of weightlessness. The truth of the matter is, these dancers are putting enormous stress and pressure upon their feet and by the time they are finished with their onstage careers, their feet will be an unsightly mess. Their extreme control over their bodies is epitomized in their control over their feet. The ballet can be traced back to Italy during the 15th century. The first documented ballet told the story of the Greek myth of Circe. Circe had magical powers and could turn men into animals. The traditional ballet shoes were probably not worn at this first five and a half hour performance, performed in honor of a wedding. Ballet dancers are specifically trained to ‘dance on point’. This means they are standing on tip-toe inside their shoes. The dancer uses both strength and technique to keep herself aloft in this position. This technique included utilizing the muscles of her feet, ankles, leg and torso to pull herself and her body up […]

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Ballet shoes buying tips

Posted by on Jun 23, 2007 in Ballet Shoes | 1 comment

At first thought, the idea of buying a pair of ballet shoes may not excite you, you might be thinking that there is nothing to it and it is as simple as buying any pair of shoes. However, there is plenty of detail to study before you can select a particular pair of ballet shoes that will be the perfect fit for your feet. For those who are being instructed in ballet dancing, your teacher may recommend a particular type of ballet shoe for you and may even suggest a particular brand as well as color. You may even find that you should buy them from a particular store. Buying real leather ballet shoes is preferable to imitation leather which will not provide you with the right support and if you are not heavy bodied then leather ballet shoes will do you well. If you are heavy bodied you may want to select canvas shoes because the soles (unlike leather shoe soles) won’t stick to the floor. If your shoes do stick to the floor it will cause the shoes to wear out faster as well as make you prone to injuring yourself. Before buying the ballet shoes make sure […]

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