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Beginner Ballet – Adults

Beginner ballet – adults! “Will I Ever Learn How To Dance With Pointe Shoes?” The truth is it could be a long time before you can learn ballet pointe exercises. Yet, you can learn the right ballet technique exercises now! How do you know if your teacher can prepare you for the kind of meticulous […]

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Pre Pointe Shoes – Recommended?

Should pre pointe shoes be recommended? For everyone? Or anyone? I am still convinced that pre pointe shoes are built in. They are your intrinsic foot muscles, the muscles in the soles of your feet. I would rarely recommend split sole pointe shoes for students, except for the most inflexible ankles and feet. I don’t […]

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Chacott Pointe Shoes

Chacott pointe shoes offer the “Veronese II” which comes in both a medium and hard shank. They ship with ribbons included! Chacott describes this model as having wingless boxes, easily molding to the foot. This would mean that these satin ballet pointe shoes are best for a dancer with a less flexible ankle joint. This […]

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Can There Be Genetic Differences If You Dance In Ballet Toe Shoes?

“Are Dancers Genetically Different Than The Rest Of Us”? A  Hebrew University Researcher quoted from ScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2006) – says “Yes”. How are artists such as ballet dancers different than the rest of us? Genetic variants, reports a study participant at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. ”  The artistic aspect of dancing in performance […]

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Ballet Foot Muscles And Dance Injuries

Prepare Your Ballet Foot Muscles And Avoid Dance Injuries The thousands of ballet moves done in the first few years of ballet classes do much to develop strong ballet foot muscles. Yet, to avoid the typical dance injuries, students who hope to go on to dance in ballet toe shoes and train in a pre-professional […]

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Prevent Ballet Injuries In Ballet Toe Shoes

Sprained Ankles and Inflamed Achilles Tendons A dancer I spoke to recently complained of stiffness in the Achilles tendon, after a full recovery from a sprained ankle. She wanted to stretch out the Achilles tendon. My take on this is that the Achilles tendon may or may not have been torn when the ankle was […]

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Do Ballet Toe Shoes Cause Bunions?

I heard a discussion recently about toe shoes and “How to prevent bunions“. As though it is a given that you will get bunions if you dance in pointe shoes. There is no reason to expect to get bunions from doing ballet on pointe. Bunions are mostly caused by narrow shoes, pointed shoes, especially heeled […]

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Ballet Toe Shoes-An Extra Tip For Fitting Pointe Shoes

Exactly The Right Fit – How Close Can You Get? Here’s a list of the usual items you need to to know ahead of time when you go to fit pointe shoes: your own foot type is one foot bigger than the other? (wider or longer) do you need a strong or light shank do […]

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Pointe Shoe Sizing – Get Exactly The Right Fit

Fitting pointe shoes. I’ve had more inquiries lately about fitting ballet toe shoes, and the same old theories pop up. I read the Q & A’s on places like yahoo.com, and similar sites – and dancers are still telling others to get ballet toe shoes 2 (or 3) sizes smaller than your street shoes! Please […]

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Ballet Toe Shoes – How Ballet Barre Exercises Prepare You For Pointe

Ballet toe shoes – how is pointe work prepared for by your ballet barre exercises? There are many opportunities in your ballet classes to build strength for dancing in pointe shoes. Every barre exercise is perfectly designed to train your muscles to eventually perform the exquisite traditional choreography of Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, and […]

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