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Prepare for a Revolution

Prepare for a Revolution

Just when we thought pointe shoe construction couldn’t get any more personal, enter the age of 3D printing. Imagine using a machine to scan a dancer’s feet, then utilizing those images to create custom pointe shoes, actually printed out in usable form with a 3D printer. Revolutionary, right?

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3 Major Pointe No-No’s

3 Major Pointe No-No’s

Pointe shoes are one of the most fascinating inventions to dancers and non-dancers alike. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how they should be properly worn or maintained. Whether you’re an actual student who is new to pointe, or you’re young at heart and like to play…

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3 Pointe Safety Tips For Beginners

3 Pointe Safety Tips For Beginners

Earning your first pair of pointe shoes can be very exciting, especially for an adult. If your teacher gives you the green light to start pointe, keep these 3 safety tips in mind as you navigate dancing on your toes for the first time. 1. Get professionally fitted....

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Back to Basics: The 5 Positions of the Feet

Back to Basics: The 5 Positions of the Feet

Ballet technique starts with the five positions of the feet. Unlike other dance forms where the steps are performed in the parallel position, ballet technique operates on the principle of turnout, or the outward rotation of the hips. Here’s a review of the five…

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10 Pointe Shoe Hacks For 2016

10 Pointe Shoe Hacks For 2016

Whether you’re new to pointe or already mastering fouettés, here’s a list of 10 pointe shoe hacks for the new year. 1. Use antibiotic ointment. It’s no secret that pointe shoes are a pain. Some ambitious students want to appear hardcore by using only masking…

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Learning to Articulate the Feet: A 3-Step Guide

Learning to Articulate the Feet: A 3-Step Guide

In speech, to “articulate” means the ability to express oneself clearly and fluidly. Likewise, a dancer needs to have the ability to move certain parts of their body in a smooth manner that doesn’t look choppy or disjointed. Learning to articulate the feet results in…

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3 Types of Ballet Feet and How To Use Them

3 Types of Ballet Feet and How To Use Them

Feet are a big deal in ballet. Students and professionals alike obsess over how their feet look, feel, and function. Who can forget the cliche image of delicate pink pointe shoes tip-toeing across the floor? Beautiful ballet feet . . .

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How To Take Care Of Your Feet On Pointe

How To Take Care Of Your Feet On Pointe

Pointework takes a toll on your feet. Placing your entire body weight onto the equivalent of a silver dollar puts strain on your joints, not to mention wrecks your pedicure. It’s typical to experience some . . .

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How To Break In Pointe Shoes

How To Break In Pointe Shoes

The best way to break in your pointe shoes is simply by wearing them. Your body temperature and perspiration from class help to mold the shoes to the unique shape of your feet. However, there are a few ways to cut corners and speed up the process . . .

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3 Tips To Reduce Slipping On Dance Floors

3 Tips To Reduce Slipping On Dance Floors

There’s nothing more nerve-wracking for a dancer than a slippery dance floor. The most popular dance flooring is vinyl, or marley, while other common surfaces include hardwood and laminate. There are a few ways to decrease the risk of slipping . . .

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Pointe Class For Adults

Pointe Class For Adults

It’s a dream for many adult students to progress to pointe. It certainly isn’t expected when joining an adult ballet class, but it’s a possibility for the most dedicated dancers. If you’re considering dancing on pointe, talk . . .

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Getting Your First Pair Of Pointe Shoes

Getting Your First Pair Of Pointe Shoes

Getting your first pair of pointe shoes is one of the most exciting experiences as an adult dancer. In the ballet world, it’s considered a rite of passage. That’s why it’s crucial to find the best pair for your feet. Consider the following . . .

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How to Choose Ballet Shoes

How to Choose Ballet Shoes

Ballet shoes, or technique shoes, are the basic, light-weight shoes worn by all ballet dancers. Proper technique shoes are essential to your performance and safety. Popular brands include . . .

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