To the Dance Store! | Adult Ballet Blog

My class had a 3 week break but tonight we are back! I couldn’t be more excited, especially since I can get dressed at home now instead of having to go straight from work. I’ll be starting a new job next week at a wonderful new company (for design, not dance company haha!) and the commute is longer but prettier and it’s in my favorite part of the state which in turn is giving me some new dance opportunities. I’ve never taken class down in Newport, but there is a modern ballet company down there called Island Moving Company and they are amazing and also have adult class three times a week! So I’ll stick to my Wednesday pointe class and maybe throw in some extras down there. 

Anyways, today I had one of those “I haven’t tried on every shoe in existence” panic attacks today and decided to go to the dance store to try on some of the only shoes I haven’t worn yet, Grishko and Capezio. I needed new flat shoes as well and they weren’t busy so I figured it was a good time. Since I have wide and large feet, sometimes it’s really hard to get shoes in my size to actually try, but LaBrie Dance in Smithfield, RI had a lot to choose from and alas had shoes in my size! I had been going to a store in the Boston area during college and they hardly had anything in my size which I found annoying. So after trying a few different models of both shoes I settled on the Grishko Miracle. I tried the Capezio Airess as well but they were much too hard and caused pain in my big toe. The Miracles have a much smaller platform then the shoes I normally wear (Suffolk Stellar or Bloch Balance European) so it might take some getting used to. The last pair of Stellars I got were in a harder shank which either aren’t for me or just need to be beaten to hell to make the semi pointe area not feel like it’s pushing me back. I loved the light shank I got in Boston, but I think they modified them, so I’ll have to either go up there again and get them or try ordering the light shank online. I think after tonight they will unfortunately not have any life left in them and will have to be retired to outdoor Photoshoot use only.


So for today I have Grishko Miracles and Capezio Cobra flats, and am looking foreward to pointe class tonight and sucking the last bit of life out of my Stellars!

See you at the barre!

Alicia 

Pointe Shoes With No Training

I have been seeing a lot of girls attempting pointe work through various social media networks who clearly do NOT have any ballet training.  Dancers work very hard for years strengthening their feet and body in preparation for pointe.  It is extremely dangerous to just go buy a pair of pointe shoes and think you can train yourself.  Dancers can end up injuring themselves very badly or even permanently!  The first major giveaway that someone is trying to selt teach, it the ribbons on their shoes. Not only do some look like they were purchased at a craft store, but they are not tied properly!

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Ribbons and drawstrings should be neatly tucked away.  No bows should be hanging out.  I know this is what non dancers think ballet dancers do, but it is wrong, and the first sign that someone is self teaching.  If you have taken lessons and your teacher allows this, you may want to re think attending there!  Proper ribnons and drawstrings look like this:

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The second cue that someone has not taken lessons, is they are not over on the platform of the box of the shoe.  While I understand that not everyone has a foot like Polina Seminova, if you are not “on” your box you are setting yourself up for a fall. Here’s an example:

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This is not proper alignment en pointe and is very dangerous.
I’ve seen many posted pictures and videos of shoes like this.  I’m not trying to say girls should give up their dreams of pointe at any age! If you want to dance on pointe, please take lessons with a quallified teacher, and learn safely!
Happy dancing!