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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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How To Fix Reverse Arching in Pointe Shoes

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How To Fix Reverse Arching in Pointe Shoes

This week, Josephine shared a fitting story from a studio in Sacramento. At first glance, there was nothing functionally wrong with this shoe. Sometimes dancers get fittings even if they like their current shoe, just for a second opinion. Sometimes everything is fine - but other times dancers sometimes don't realize when things are not as they should be. In this case, Josephine thought the shoe was doing everything it needed to: supported the dancer kept her stable en pointe, and wasn't causing injury. However, the shoe could look better under the ball of the foot. The shoe was reverse...

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Pointe Shoe Fitter Reacts to Tik Tok (PART 9)

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Pointe Shoe Fitter Reacts to Tik Tok (PART 9)

You've been asking. We're listening. Here it is.... Pointe Shoe Fitter Reacts to TIK TOK PART 9! This week, Josephine gets another dose of the internet's finest pointe shoe content. And a special surprise appearance from Gg - our San Diego fitter! You know you gotta watch it to see what's up. Let us know if you want a Part 10!

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Pointe Shoe Fitting Kathryn Morgan!

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Pointe Shoe Fitting Kathryn Morgan!

It finally happened: Josephine Lee fits Kathryn Morgan for pointe shoes. After 22 years, Kathryn Morgan has finally found a pointe shoe that fits her! Between multiple sprains on her right ankle, hyperextended knees, a disappearing heel, and trying tons of different types of pointe shoes  - Kathryn has finally found the perfect fit. Josephine began with a bare foot analysis and took a look at Kathryn's current pointe shoe. After hearing Kathryn's concerns and struggles, Josephine selected 1 out of the 3 pairs she had pulled for Kathryn - and it fit!  "That's the misconception a lot of people...

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How Pointe Shoes INJURED this Dancer

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How Pointe Shoes INJURED this Dancer

What do you prioritize in a pointe shoe? In this week's video, Josephine shares her fitting experience with a dancer in Reno, NV. (Did you know that ThePointeShop travels? Email us at info@thepointeshop.com to book a studio fitting!) It's not uncommon for some ballet companies to put all their dancers in the same brand. However, this dancer is from a studio that puts all of their dancers in the same model of shoe. Josephine discusses why this is limiting as a pointe shoe fitter.  She also explains how this can be harmful for dancers - even to the pointe of...

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