Get to the Pointe — pointe shoe hacks
Why Professional Ballet Dancers Destroy Brand New Pointe Shoes
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Cheese grater and pointe shoes? What? This week, Josephine reacted to Maria Khoreva's pointe shoe preparation. And yes, it includes a cheese grater. Khoreva is first soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet in Russia. Even if you didn't know her name, if you love ballet, there's a high chance that you've at least seen her picture. Josephine was pretty surprised to see that Maria is in a Bloch stock shoe. Often times, professionals will have custom shoes based on stock shoe models. But even with some changes made at the factory level, pro dancers often still manually adjust and make changes...
Pointe Shoe Fitting the Founder of YAGP, Larissa Saveliev
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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...
How To Fix Reverse Arching in Pointe Shoes
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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...
Kathryn Morgan's Pointe Shoe Hack!
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It's the collab we've all been waiting for! After years of IG DM's and a worldwide pandemic, Josephine Lee & Kathryn Morgan finally meet! In this video, Kathryn shares some of her pointe shoe hacks, and ballet experiences in general. It's always so interesting to see the little tweaks that professional dancers make to their shoes, and how these tricks get passed on from dancer to dancer. Note that this video was filmed before Josephine got to fit Kathryn, so these are hacks that Kathryn has been using in her shoes for some time. Will she need these tips and...
Siri VS. Pointe Shoe Fitter (asking Siri pointe shoe questions)
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Josephine fact checks Siri's pointe shoe knowledge! Does Siri know about pointe shoes? This week Josephine put her to the test! Although there is a lot of misinformation on the internet, Siri is pretty up on her pointe shoe info! Watch the full video to see what Josephine has to say!