Before wearing new pointe shoes some preparation is a key.

We have created a catalogue of resources to help you get your perfect pointes studio ready!

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10 BURNING QUESTIONS ABOUT POINTE SHOES

Naturally enough, we are asked lots of dance-related questions here in Dance World, but the topic that we find ourselves chatting about with customers more than any other is unequivocally Ballet Pointe Shoes! The mystique surrounding pointe shoes is pervasive so we thought it might be helpful to answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

 

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HOW TO SEW RIBBONS ONTO POINTE SHOES

So you’ve got yourself a lovely new pair of pointe shoes! But wait, there’s something missing…yes you guessed it: before you can wear them, you have to sew ribbons onto pointe shoes!  The first time you do this it will take time and patience, but it’s all part of the pointe shoe experience and you’re going to have to do it many, many, MANY more times. So sit tight, read our top tips for sewing ribbons and elastic onto pointe shoes and you will get better with practice!

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DIFFERENT WAYS TO TIE POINTE SHOE RIBBONS

We’ve all seen the lovely romantic photographs of the ballerinas tying their pointe shoes side stage. Pointe shoes are beautiful, especially when they’re brand new and shiny. Don’t let them look sloppy by letting loose ribbon ends hang out.  Follow our “how to tie pointe shoe ribbons” step-by-steps and in a few easy moves you can ensure you tie your shoes as neatly and as securely as possible.  We’re going to show you two ways to tie pointe shoe ribbon.

 

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3 TYPES OF POINTE SHOE RIBBONS

We all know that we need to sew ribbons or elastic onto pointe shoes to keep them secure. But what type of ribbons are best? Should I stick with traditional satin pointe shoe ribbon or try an elastic stretch satin ribbon? What is a tendonitis ribbon and how does it work? We’re here to answer your pointe shoe ribbon questions.


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6 EXERCISES FOR POINTE WORK

Are you hoping to be moving on to pointe work soon and need to build up some strength? Have you just recently got your first pair of pointe shoes but still feel a bit wobbly? Never fear, there are some super simple pre-pointe exercises you can do for strengthening your ankles and increase the range of mobility you’ll need to dance on pointe. You might be surprised at how easy they really are!


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DANCE FOOT PROTECTION IN 3 EASY STEPS

Have you got achy dancer’s feet from hours in the studio? Do you spend so long in your pointe shoes that your blisters have blisters? Well stop crying and start shopping Tech Dance dance foot protection accessories at Dance World. Tech Dance makes the best protective accessories for dancer’s feet, from spacers to gel pads. We’ve picked out our tip-top sellers and the products we think you’ll be most interested in from our dance accessories collection!


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HOW TO DYE YOUR POINTE SHOES

Want to dye your pointe shoes? It’s never been easier! Pointe Paint provides a convenient, clean and effortless way to dye (and matte!) your fabric shoes, including pointe shoes and canvas ballet shoes. Pointe Paint is easy-to-use and contains water-based pigments. Whether you’re painting your shoes to match your skin tone or for a costume, Pointe Paint can help you get the exact colour you want easily.


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MY FIRST POINTE SHOE FITTING WHAT TO EXPECT.

Nothing is more exciting in an aspiring dancer’s life than hearing the glorious words, “You’re ready to get pointe shoes.” Dancing on pointe is a huge part of any ballerina’s life. If you’re a professional dancer, having pointe shoes and demi-pointe shoes fitted is a familiar task but when it’s your first pair it can be a little daunting. Pointe shoes are a totally different type of shoe to anything you’ve ever worn before and it’s vitally important that you go to a professional fitter to get the right pair. Not quite sure what to expect at a pointe shoe fitting? Worry no more, I’m about to spill the beans on pointe shoes for beginners!


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Pointe Shoe Anatomy


Binding
The tape that finishes the top edge of the upper which also encases the drawstring.

Block/Box
The hardened surface area of a pointe shoe which includes the vamp, wings and platform, surrounds the front section of the foot. The Block/Box is made from the application of numerous layers of special fabrics, all with different shapes, bound together by the paste in between each layer. This process is very similar to the process of papier maché.

Drawstring
A length of either cotton cord or elastic cord encased within the binding that allows the upper to form a snug fit around the foot.

Heel Strap
A satin tab which is sewn over the joining seams of the back uppers.

Last
The foot shaped mold which the pointe shoe is manufactured around.

Outsole
The outer most sole of pointe shoes is made from leather.

 


Paste
A specially formulated glue type substance, which is used in both the process of hardening the toe Block/Box and attaching the insole to the inside of the pointe shoe.

Platform
The flattened surface at the toe end of the pointe shoe which allows the dancer to balance ‘en pointe’. 

Pleats
The measured pleating which draws the satin over the Box which meets the Outsole.

Shank / Insole
A combination of layers of special materials into a unique profile which forms the structural anchor similar to the way a spine supports the human body. Shanks/insoles are developed in different profiles creating various levels of flexibility. 

Side Seam
The stitching on the side seam is a double French stitch which ensures strength and sews front Upper to the back Upper.

Sock
A thin suede or cotton fabric covering the inner shank.


Upper
All the parts above the shoe’s sole that are joined together to become a single unit which is then attached to the Outsole.

Vamp
The lower forward part of the shoe’s upper, covering the forepart of the foot and includes the Block/Box and Platform.

Vamp (Modified)
The measurement from the centre middle of the drawstring to the edge of the Platform.

Vamp Shape / Throat Line
The shape of the entrance area for the front of the foot. In Bloch pointe shoes the Vamp shape is either ‘U’ shaped or ‘V’ shaped.

Wing
Each of the two symmetrical sides of the vamp directed toward the heel. The outer edge of the hardened toe Block/Box  that contain  a lesser amount of material and paste. The Wings can vary in shape and hardness depending on the style of pointe shoe or the dancers preference.

 

 


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