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  1. Firstly, I sincerely do not mean this post to be unsympathetic to the situation in Ukraine and the resultant sanctions on Russia, as I really feel for everyone on both sides, particularly the ordinary people like me who have had no say in what is going on and will continue to be used as pawns. Secondly, my eldest DD wears Grishko pointe shoes which have been difficult enough to get hold of since Brexit and Covid lockdowns, and I imagine they will be absolutely impossible now. Plus, ethically, I would prefer not to buy them for her at present. My DD has gone through a number of makes over the last few years and now I have asked her to look for an alternative. She would like to try So Danca pointe shoes but I can't seem to find any stockists online and don't know of any fitters either. Do any of you lovely folk know of a shop that does fit them, preferably near Birmingham or London, that we could try? Many thanks,
  2. Hi I’m wondering if anyone can recommend some pointe shoes that will cope with very strong highly arched feet with high insteps that are quite broad across the metatarsals? My DD wears Bloch European Strong which have a nice curve to fit her high arch but they get worn through very quickly. I am really interested to know if there are any Grishko shoes or similar that offer that kind of support but also don’t die quickly. She has recently turned 15 and has been learning repertoire including pas de deux.
  3. I’m hoping someone can help me! I’ve been darning pointe shoes for a while but have recently been given a pair of Bloch Lisse to darn. They have the toughest satin which makes it near impossible to get a needle through. Does anyone here have any tips that can help me? Is there a method of temporarily softening the satin maybe? I’ve searched through the forums but can’t find anything. 😞
  4. With my usual shoes on backorder, only my current pair, and stock only looking to get worse, I've been thinking about alternatives. I have really difficult feet to fit, but I remember two Bloch models being previous contenders, the Heritage and the Suprima, so was hoping to order a couple of pairs to reassess. Unfortunately, I can't remember the exact size I tried on! Both were the narrowest (X and B respectively) but I don't recall whether they were a size 4.5 (i.e. matching my soft shoe Bloch size) or a 5.5 (i.e. matching my usual brand's pointe shoe size) or one of each! If anyone has experience with these models and can help me make a more educated guess, I'd be extremely grateful. Of course, the Bloch store in London is out of both models in my size(s) so I can't try in person...
  5. Can anyone tell me if they have found pointe shoe ribbon but narrow? I need a really soft ribbon but it’s needs to be only 1.5cm wide
  6. Hi everyone, Since returning to class after lockdown I have been struggling a lot with pointe work - I was never brilliant at it but I used to be much better than I am now. Since I have put on a fair amount of weight over the last couple of years, do you think it might be worth trying my usual shoe with a stronger shank? I’ve googled this and there is a lot of mixed information - some say stronger feet need stronger shanks, some say stronger feet need less support and therefore softer shanks etc etc. It’s a bit of a minefield of information! Currently I feel like my best plan is to order a new pair of my usual shoes in the usual strength and also my usual shoe in the stronger shank so that I can work with both and see what helps? (obviously the main thing I need to do is work on my strength to get back to where I was pre-covid!). Any opinions/ideas/advice welcome.
  7. Hello dancers! My teacher has asked me to get some pointe shoes, but I don’t know where to start. I’m 45 and started ballet last year on a background of several years of yoga and weight training. Any recommendations of where to get my first fitting done would be very much appreciated, preferably local to Essex. I know there is a lady on Instagram that does fittings based in Essex, but she only works with Grishko - not sure if that matters or not? If anyone has any advice I’d really appreciate it. Thank you x
  8. Has anybody experience with both of these shoes and can tell me for what foot type which one would be better?
  9. My DD is considering the above named pointe shoes and I was wondering if anyone has experience of when these shoes are appropriate? Ideal age or years of pointe experience needed? X
  10. Hi all, My DD needs to buy some R-Class/Russian Pointe shoes (same brand just diff names for diff markets europe/uk/america). She is now in vocational school in UK, whilst I the family lives abroad, so I thought we would be able to order online from UK (it can be quite expensive to send from europe post brexit)but I cant find any shops offering the brand. RClass look ok and last well. We have tried other brands but cannot find good alternative. Does anybody know of any sellers/shops? Thanks for your help. Have a great Friday sillysally
  11. Could anyone please recommend a pointe similar to Freed studio pro V vamp . My dd’s shoe is currently out of stock . She has narrow bendy feet but not huge arches . She’s based in London so can shop around a bit . Any recommendations would be very welcome , apologies if this post is in the wrong place .
  12. Hi all, My ds needs to darn her pointe shoes. She has never done this before...Darning wasn't required in her old school and none of her friends/older peers darned either so we have no first hand experience of this. Amazingly neither does her teacher 🤔 I have researched a little on the internet but I cant find the answers to a few specific questions about the the practicalities, maybe someone here can help.... Thread - I understand crochet thread is good to use, but am not sure what thickness or colour. Any recommendations? Needles - Is a curved needle really easier to use? As for the actual darning stitches and style I have found many videos, it seems to be a really personal thing...once a dancer picks a method they seem to stick with it. I have the impression many dancers copy the teachers style. Does anyone have any strong recommendations about the stitches/style? As always thanks for any help/tips. It's really great that people are happy to share their knowledge.
  13. A question for parents with daughters at vocational level. I know this is different for each individual but just trying to gauge how many pairs of pointe shoes the average vocational school dancer goes through in a year.
  14. Has anybody tried the Grishko Smart Pointe? What is your experience? For what kind of feet is it suitable?
  15. Hi. My daughter's left foot has always been a little bigger than her right foot. Now it is maybe a little more than a half size bigger than the right. Which is weird as she is 17 and I thought her feet had stopped growing years ago. In street shoes or flats it really makes very little difference, but in pointe shoes, she is either pinching on the left in her "small" shoes or stuffing up the right toe box in her "big" shoes. She had left shoe stretched (as much as satin can be stretched), not a great success. I am thinking of getting her different sized left and right pointe shoes and I was just wondering if there is any reason why I shouldn't do this? Might it affect the hip?
  16. I got my first pair of pointe shoes in December of 2019 but I only had 5 dance classes before quarantine and then switched to a more professional studio in September. Since then I have performed snow and flowers on pointe and mostly caught up to the girls my age (I'm 17) I have been doing a lot of pointe but I’m obviously technically behind. I went to a pointe shoe fitting for a new type of shoe this weekend with my teacher. She liked the Bloch elegance (which are split sole) the best. I know split soles are for more advanced dancers but she really liked them and knew they were split sole I am finding those harder to keep stability with. Specifically with turning. I can usually do a double on both sides but it is harder now. I can't even do a single because when I go up I find my shoe just falling off pointe back onto flat. Any advice on how to gain more stability / strength when turning with these shoes or using them in general. Thank!
  17. Just looking for recommendations on which brands to try for a first pair of pointe shoes for my almost 12 year old. She has small, very narrow feet, (Size 1.5) and they are not especially flexible or strong at this moment (So I don’t think she will need a very strong shank at this stage, not that sort of foot!). I will speak to her teacher as well but was interested in others experiences with first pointe shoes
  18. Does anybody know how much narrower Box 2 is than Box 3 in Gaynor Minden and in comparison to other shoes (I have XX in Grishko 2007)?
  19. A fascinating video feature on how Hannah Carter of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prepares her pointe shoes. https://www.pointemagazine.com/hannah-carter-pittsburgh-ballet-theatre-2640107707.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1
  20. HI everyone, I'm posting to ask for some advice and recommendations My DD needs some new pointe shoes asap as her's are completely dead. We are North West based, but she bought her previous pairs when we have been away elsewhere in the UK. I've heard that The Dance Shop in Prescot is good, as well as Barnum's in Warrington - but I've just seen that Barnum's has closed for good. I also heard that there was a good store in Blackpool (possibly Showstoppers - but I'm not 100% sure!), although it looks like they are currently closed. If anyone has any recommendations, I would really appreciate it!
  21. Hello fellow dancers! I recently got my first pair of pointe shoes this past January. They are Suffolk Stellars 5.5 XXXXN. I sewed crisscross elastics onto them, so I could get maximum suppoirt for my feet. Once I had finished sewing them on, I realized that the position of the elastics made my shoes look unclean. So, can I move them? Or should I remove them completely and sew single ankle bands? Maybe I should wait until my next pair, and try a different position of my elastics? I attached some images, so you can see what I mean...... Also, I don't believe I am doing well getting over my box for taking 2-3 thirty minute pointe classes a week, for two months. I bent my shanks back and forth, and this helped my left foot a little, but not my right at all. Is it my feet, or my shoes? Or, am I doing fine, and have to wait until they mold to my feet more, over the next months? Thanks for helping a fellow dancer out! - Perfectly On Pointe P.S. I will cut my ribbons/elastics when I am sure I don't have to move them or tighten them.
  22. Hello, I am planning on going to London soon to get my DD fitted for new pointe shoes. She really wants to go to freed as she’s had them before and liked them however I’m not sure how the fitting appointments work there as we went to a local retailer last time (and they only stocked one make of freed and she wants to try different styles this time.) If anyone could provide some information to how the fittings there work I would be very grateful. Xx
  23. I am taking the liberty of starting a separate thread so this topic doesn't 'block' the Sleeping Beauty one (please excuse the pun!) @Katharine Kanter's post is a good place to start so I will quote it here. Allow me to suggest that the reason for much wider block and higher vamp on shoes is PROTECTION: 1/ Choreography is become far more athletic and dangerous over the past 30 years. The combination of hyper-extensions, hyper-flexibility and pointe work, is hell on the body. Forsythe for example, is far more dangerous for the woman, than for the man. Dancers including female dancers, are weight-lifting, cross-training, etc. It’s become a competitive sport, rather than a branch of theatre. 2/ Until 40 years, « Cecchetti » or spring technique, was used in the West for getting up onto pointe, save in adagio work. This places the foot straight under the line of aplomb, and considerably lightens the load on the metatarsals and phalanges. Hence the « weightless », « floating » quality of pointe work prior to the mid-80s when Guillemitis and its cortège of ills, struck. We now roll up onto pointe, placing the foot farther from the line of aplomb. The strain on the ligaments and small bones is very considerable. Even Darcey Bussell, not precisely your bold iconoclast, has referred to this as a serious problem. 3/ The current commercial-aesthetic fad is for Posers rather than Movers. We like it when the dancer hard-points the foot (terrible for the calf-muscles inter alia), and then “nails” the pointe into the floor rather than “rising above it” as it were. To get the “big arch” look, the dancer then pushes the arch right over the vamp of the shoe (many female dancers today wear a big fake arch, one can buy them on the Internet …), rather than standing tall and ramrod straight on pointe as we did until late 1970s. Even men can no longer get a job today unless they have the big arch, and corresponding S-shaped knee-joint – an Accident waiting to Happen, as we have seen with Hallberg. 4/ In furtherance of the Poser craze, tempi have got glued down into treacle since the 1980s, poses and balances are consequently held far longer, and à la seconde positions are expected to be held on pointe with the gesture leg waving somewhere behind the ear. Without an armoured tank of a shoe, the foot would buckle. 4/ all this, and more (I could go on….) helps to explain the need for Gaynor Mindens (good shoes, BTW) and generally, the extra-wide platform.
  24. My daughter is currently at vocational school and has bunions. She has physio and rehab to help and wears a specially fitted toe spacer. She has tried numerous brands of pointe shoes (Grisham, Russian pointe, Bloch) but to date has not quite found the right ones to make her bunion feel comfortable and give her the confidence to do her pointe work. Does anyone have any recommendations as to a particular brand that may be good for her to try. We are going to Freed on Wednesday and will also have a look at Dancia as they stock many different brands but any advice would be appreciated. thank you
  25. Hi everyone My daughter has managed to snag the satin on one of her pointe shoes, which has caused a tear. It's on top of the shoe (so not underneath the box) - I think this happened during a group dance where she had to slide her leg behind her to finish in a kneeling position (apologies - not a very technical description!). I'm wondering if anyone knows how to reduce the damage a little, or stop it from getting any worse? I know the dancers like their pointes to appear very well worn etc, but as this isn't underneath the box it does make this one shoe look rather tatty, and they are actually very new shoes. This group dance will be performed again, so the damage could get worse. I'm thinking maybe hairspray? My daughter suggested clear nail polish, but I was bit concerned that would leave a rather shiny splodgy mess! The tear has resulted in the satin lifting a little around it, so I just want to protect that area a little I suppose. Any advice gratefully appreciated!
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