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5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Summer Intensive for You

Josephine Lee

5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Summer Intensive for You

By now, you finished most of your auditions and have heard back from most of your programs. Some of you know exactly where you want to go. But many of you are still not sure which program is best for you. Here are some things to consider to narrow down your choices: Consider location: Going out-of-state for an intensive can be intimidating for dancers and parents. Make sure you are comfortable going away especially because most programs only allow a limited amount of contact with parents. A couple things to consider in choosing a location are: Housing: Some programs offer...

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5 Dangerous Mistakes Ballet Dancers Make

Josephine Lee

Ballet dancers may suffer more injuries than any other athlete. As Professional Fitters, we see a lot of mistakes dancers make that contribute to injuries. Here are the 5 most common mistakes you may be making: Curling toes: We see a ton of dancers who curl their toes in tendu in our initial bare feet assessment. This is something you may be getting away in ballet class because it’s hard to tell your curling your toes in ballet slippers. Dancers not only need to use muscles in their lower legs to dance en pointe, we need to use the small...

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What Is The Best Pointe Shoe Brand?

Josephine Lee

What Is The Best Pointe Shoe Brand?

What is the best pointe shoe brand? I get this question quite a bit from dancers and parents. And the answer is... Depends. It depends on the dancer, the feet, the strength, the flexibility, the skill level, the weight, the shape, the length and so many other factors. Although certain brands and models are more popular and generally better quality than others, there is no single brand that encompasses every type of foot. Just like there is no single shoe for beginners or professionals. This is why you shouldn't be limiting yourself to one brand. We have dancers that come...

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5 Things Ballet Taught Me About Life

Josephine Lee

5 Things Ballet Taught Me About Life

When I started The Pointe Shop, I worked 7-day weeks, 10-hour days, then went home and worked some more. But I never felt overworked. I realize now that it was years of ballet training that gave me the discipline and the drive. Like other dancers, I grew up going to ballet class every day after school. Weekends and vacations were filled with rehearsals and intensives. And we never knew what boredom felt like. There are so many things we learn in ballet class other than ballet itself. We approach life with a kind of class and discipline that is set...

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5 Ways to Make your Pointe Shoes Last Longer

Amanda Billett

5 Ways to Make your Pointe Shoes Last Longer

An average pointe shoe lasts about 10-20 hours of dancing. Yes, you read that right. 10-20 hours. I bet your parents had no idea what they were getting into when they put you in your first ballet class. The life span of a pointe shoe varies widely depending on how many hours you dance, how flexible or strong your feet are, what you’re doing in class, how much you sweat, how much you weigh and many other factors. We have dancers that go through 5 pairs a month, and we have dancers that go through 2 pairs a year. But...

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