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How to Protect Your Feet for Pointe

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By Katherine Moore of Dance Informa. Ballerinas know that finding the right accessories to support their work en pointe is extremely important. In some cases it can mean the difference between a productive rehearsal and one that is lost in …

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Going Through Pointe Shoes

Michele Wiles

How many pairs does a professional dancer really wear each season? By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. Between numerous classes, hours of rehearsals and full performance schedules, professional dancers sure do make a dent in their pointe shoe inventory. …

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Readying Pointe Shoes: How Ballerinas Sew and Break in Shoes

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By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. The process from pointe shoes fresh out of the box to their first wear is a different one for each dancer, learned through experience, mentors, trial and error or observation of colleagues. Some …

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Pointe Shoe Accessories

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By Deborah Searle of Dance Informa. When you walk out the store with your brand new pair of pointe shoes, there are a few things that you will also want in your shopping bag. New pointe shoes are beautiful, we …

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The Ins and Outs of Pointe Shoes

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By Katherine Moore of Dance Informa. As if dancing en pointe was not hard enough, taking care of your pointe shoes while you’re not dancing in them is just as important as your technique in the shoes. Here are a …

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Finding the Right Pointe Shoe for You

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By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. The quest for the perfect pointe shoe is a very personal venture. Every dancer’s feet, needs and background are different. Some toes are tapered; others are broad. Some dancers are on the search …

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My First Year On Pointe

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Professional Ballerina’s Megan Fairchild, Michele Wiles, Sarah Hay and Tiffany Hedman reminisce about dancing on pointe for the first time. By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. When most young girls see the image of the iconic ballerina they aspire …

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What’s the Point of Pointe?

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By Katherine Moore of Dance Informa. Blisters, stress fractures, taping, padding…these are some of the perks that come with being a professional ballet dancer who dances en pointe for a living. For years and years, ballerinas have endured countless hours …

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Pointe Shoe History

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By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. Ballet was first developed and performed in the Italian and French courts during the 15th and 16th centuries. Dancers donned extravagant costumes and masks to create a world of storytelling through music and …

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How to Prepare Your Feet for Pointe

How to Prepare Your Feet for Pointe

By Katherine Moore of Dance Informa. In the minds of young ballerinas, nothing stands out more than the desire to dance en pointe. Transitioning from flat ballet shoes to pointe shoes marks an important step towards building a professional ballet …

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