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Pointe Shoe Fitting the Founder of YAGP, Larissa Saveliev

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Pointe Shoe Fitting the Founder of YAGP, Larissa Saveliev

If you're into ballet at all, you probably know about YAGP - Youth American Grand Prix - even if you don't know you know about YAGP. Youth American Grand Prix is the world's largest non-profit international student ballet competition. YAGP holds regional competitions around the world, open to dancers 9-19, giving dancers-in-training stage time, master classes, and most importantly: opportunities to be seen by some of the most prominent figures in ballet.  You might recognize YAGP from the 2011 documentary, First Position. This film featured YAGP as the vehicle for many hopeful dancers to win scholarships to major ballet companies around...

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Pointe Shoe Fitter Reacts to Ballet Tik Toks - Part 11

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Pointe Shoe Fitter Reacts to Ballet Tik Toks - Part 11

Here I am, once again - feeling lost, and now and then.... (comment below if you got that 2000's children's sitcom reference) Tik Tok 11, y'all. This is a rare episode of Josephine reacting to ballet tik toks that doesn't include cups. Why?  1 - Perhaps in our chaos, we've been able to put out some neutral good energy out in the universe - and dancers are listening to us and NOT injuring themselves for views. Yay! 2 - Dancers are back in studio and therefore actually dancing and not on Tik Tok (even though we are still amidst a pandemic)....

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Pointe Shoe Fitter Reacts to Barbie of Swan Lake!

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Pointe Shoe Fitter Reacts to Barbie of Swan Lake!

This week, Josephine dipped her toes in the Barbie Cinematic Universe for the first time. All of the Barbie ballet movies are set in the context of Barbie, telling her younger sister Kelly, fairy tales - with a ballet twist of course.  Since Josephine grew up with brothers, she never watched these movies. She was mostly interested to see how the children's movie would handle the darker themes of the ballet. There are many versions of Swan Lake globally, but in general, it's a tragic ending. Odette usually dies of heartbreak in swan form - and Black Swan really cashed in...

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Pointe Shoe Fitting a YAGP Finals Winner

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Pointe Shoe Fitting a YAGP Finals Winner

We went back in time to the 2022 YAGP Finals in Tampa, Florida! In this video, Josephine got to meet and for the Junior Division's 2nd place winner, Yerin Ok. Yerin is from the Korean Division of Youth Grand Prix, YGP. While chatting with this gorgeous dancer, Josephine got to see her rehearsal and performance shoes. They're actually the same brand, size, and shank - just a slight difference between models.  For rehearsal, Yerin wears the Maya. For performance, she wears the Maya Pro. The shoes are basically the same, but her softer and quieter performance shoe is broken in...

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Pointe Shoe Fitter Reacts to Instagram Reels - Part 2!

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Pointe Shoe Fitter Reacts to Instagram Reels - Part 2!

"are we cups people now" On this episode of 'traumatizing-josephine-with-the-ballet-internet,' we revisited the land of Instagram Reels! We don't wanna spoil the surprise. Just know there's some Barbie, some cups, some amazing things, and cute things. Ya know, just the usual ballet internet chaos that we love. What will Josephine make of it this time? Watch to find out!

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