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Pointe Shoe Fitting YAGP Hope Award Winner

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Pointe Shoe Fitting YAGP Hope Award Winner

This week, Josephine was in Florida at YAGP Finals, and fit a dancer from Japan named Asuka Hara. This adorable and beautiful dancer is 11 years old. She is the 2022 recipient of YAGP's Hope Award, which is presented to the dancer for best overall performance in the Pre-Competitive category (9-11 years old). Asuka competed and performed on flat, in a variation from Graduation Ball. Although Asuka does have pointe shoes, she has not performed or competed en pointe yet. YAGP's guidelines do not allow 10 year olds to compete en pointe, and 11 year olds are strongly discouraged. However, during the...

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The Crisis in Ukraine & Ballet

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The Crisis in Ukraine & Ballet

We normally don't talk about politics in ThePointeShop. But current circumstances moved us otherwise. "I want to make a distinction between the Russian citizen and Russian politics, because a lot of citizens do not necessarily believe what their government is doing. It's unfair to punish the entire country and unfair to punish individual dancers and artists for being Russian." And while it may seem silly to talk about pointe shoes in the midst of this conflict, we did want to address the questions and concerns we've been receiving about about pointe shoe supply. The truth is that the pointe shoe industry...

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