Get to the Pointe — professional pointe shoe fitting

5 Brands, 1 Dancer (ThePointeShop 2021 Senior Model Search Winner)

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5 Brands, 1 Dancer (ThePointeShop 2021 Senior Model Search Winner)

Josephine fitted our 2021 Senior Model, Keliah, in 5 different brands of pointe shoes for her to try out! Keliah's type of foot tends to twist in a lot of pointe shoes, because the foot does not sit completely straight in the shoe. The first pair Keliah tried on was the So Danca Elektra. This shoe has interchangeable shanks, so they were able to try both with no shank and with the shank. It fit Keliah pretty well, but it was just slightly too tapered. The next shoe they tried on was the Capezio Ava. This shoe looked really good...

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Answering The Most Googled Pointe Shoe Questions (Nike Pointe Shoes?)

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Answering The Most Googled Pointe Shoe Questions (Nike Pointe Shoes?)

  Google auto complete: pointe shoe edition!   Where are pointe shoes made? All over the world! Pointe shoes are handmade in many different places, such as Australia, Russia, England, Thailand, and New York.    Where were pointe shoes invented? The person who is credited with wearing the first pair of pointe shoes in a full ballet production was Marie Taglioni at the Paris Opera Ballet. They were not like the pointe shoes that you see today and she was only able to go up on pointe for a moment.   Where to buy shoes? At The Pointe Shop... DUH!...

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13 Year Old Ballet Dancer Trained by Her Dad! (Happy Fathers Day!)

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13 Year Old Ballet Dancer Trained by Her Dad! (Happy Fathers Day!)

Sofia Angelov, 13, is trained by her dad, Pavel Dega, who was an Olympic gymnastics coach! When his daughter decided to take on ballet, he was happy to be dragged into that world with her. He also has been an inspiration to her when it comes to pursuing her passions! When it comes to fitting Sofia for pointe shoes, her foot type can be particularly tricky. Sofia has extremely flexible feet and ankles and incredibly high arches, which can make them very difficult to control. Dancers with these types of feet are very prone to rolling their ankles over and...

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Pointe Shoe Fitting for Ingrown Toenails (With Moira Docherty, PT, DPT)

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Pointe Shoe Fitting for Ingrown Toenails (With Moira Docherty, PT, DPT)

Josephine fits dance physical therapist, Moira Docherty! Moira is a physical therapist in Orange County who has tailored her practice specifically toward dancers. She is also one of Josephine's go-tos when it come to referring a dancer to physical therapy! Moira actually grew up doing gymnastics for many years before she decided to pursue ballet when she was 12. Although many people in the industry would consider this to be "too late", Moira's extensive athletic background served her well as she transitioned to dance. While Moira's feet and ankles are incredibly strong and stable, Josephine noticed two main things: 1....

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Pointe Shoe Hacks With Laura Chachich (Los Angeles Ballet)

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Pointe Shoe Hacks With Laura Chachich (Los Angeles Ballet)

  Los Angeles Ballet Soloist, Laura Chachich, shares a few tips on how she customizes her pointe shoes! Like many professional ballerinas, Laura wear custom Freed pointe shoes. She begins with a wineglass maker, who leaves out the nail in the back of the sole and adds extra glue to the tip of the box. Laura also adds her own customizations! She cuts off the satin on the platform, all the way to the front of the sole, then darns only the front edge of her platform.  Finally, Laura prefers to wear paper towels instead of toe pads, as it...

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