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Mirella go en Pointe

Posted by [email protected] on September 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Mirella go en Pointe

New style: Bloch's sister company Mirella have brought their Pointe shoes to the UK. By working closely with Bloch designers and manufacturers they have achieved a fabulous start. Featuring an arched shank, supportive wing strength and noise reduction qualities. These Pointe shoes also have new elements such as a luxury padded lining, toe cushion insert and a formed heel piece. Mirella have combined professional qualities with design luxuries.


Can Men Dance En Pointe?

Posted by [email protected] on April 28, 2013 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Can men dance en pointe?



Yes they can! We see wonderful productions such as;


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo







To the comedic performances;


Men in tutus


Men in pink tights





The success in this field has resulted in a growi...

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Keep Your Pointe Shoes Clean

Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)


It's virtually impossible to keep satin clean, but now you can protect your shoes with Pointe Shoe Covers! These covers fit neatly around the shoe and have a none slip sole so that you can wear the covers on your shoes whilst you dance.

Ideal for when you have an exam that needs clean shoes that are ready to dance in.

You should find a...

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No More Darning!

Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2011 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

No More Darning!!!

You can now buy Non Slip protection that simply glues into place. At last for your Pointe shoes, just what you've been waiting for: Leather Suede for Pointe Shoes. The suede tip has smooth leather one side to glue into place and rough non skid leather on the othe...

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What exercises should I do to prepare for Pointe work?

Posted by [email protected] on October 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

When preparing for Pointe work your main focus should always be building up strength in you feet, not necessarily flexibility. There are many aspects of you ballet that need to be strengthened before you start your Pointe work, one key area is the metatarsal muscles in the feet, here is a guide on how to do this and there are photographs to ensure you are following the steps correctly.



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Am I Ready To Go En Pointe?

Posted by [email protected] on October 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Going up en pointe is what thousands of young ballerina’s aspire to.  Watching senior girls dancing gracefully and effortlessly across the floor inspires many, just watching them put on their pointe shoes is magical. 

It shows delicate strength and beauty that only ballet can exude.  Getting to go en pointe though, requires years of work, hours of training and plenty of stretching.  It truly is something that many ...

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How Long Do My Pointe Shoes Last?

Posted by [email protected] on October 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

If you want to get the most out of your Pointe shoes you must ensure that you store them correctly after using them. Your Pointe shoes react to the heat of your feet, so when you wear your Pointe shoes, they gradually soften and mould to your feet. So after you have worn your shoes you need to cool them down again so that they harden.

To do this you must NEVER put them in a plastic bag, you should always take your toe pads out of the shoes,...

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New Grishko Pointe Shoe

Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2011 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)


New style of Pointe Shoes from Grishko.

Another traditionally made Pointe shoe by Russian makers Grishko. This innovative shoe is lightweight and easier to roll through demi pointe, making it a more suitable shoe for beginners. It features a U-Shaped vamp, a square toe box and a wider platform. It captures the true beauty of a Grishko pointe shoe and combines ...

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Why do I need demi pointe shoes?

Posted by [email protected] on September 3, 2011 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

You may have heard of soft blocks, exam shoes, delcos, or demi pointes, these are all the same thing. These shoes are in between a flat ballet shoe and a pointe shoe, they are designed to build up strength and balance and they help you to understand how a pointe shoe is going to feel, I will explain:

Typically a pointe shoe will have 6 layers built up in the toe block, this is obviously alot harder than a flat ballet sho...

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How do I break in my pointe shoes?

Posted by [email protected] on September 3, 2011 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Breaking in pointe shoes is a necessary step whenever a dancer acquires new shoes. If a dancer dances on unbroken shoes she risks discomfort as the shoe is not molded to her foot properly.  The process must begin with an expertly fitted pair of pointe shoes.

Please note this section does not refer to Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, as these have a different design to them.

Ideally you should break in your...

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How should I store my pointe shoes?

Posted by [email protected] on September 3, 2011 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know this is one of the most important things about your shoes. You are dancing on your shoes and they very quickly become warm, but if they stay warm this will cause you problems. Why? Most pointe shoes are designed to mold to your feet and break-in. This happens because the shoes react to the heat of your feet and soften in. There are ways of speeding this up (see the information page under

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Why have my pointe shoes snapped?

Posted by [email protected] on September 3, 2011 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

There are many reasons why a shoe may snap or break, to identify the possible cause it is advisable to seek professional advise by finding a reputable pointe shoe fitter. They can examine your shoe, to look for indicators as to why there may be a problem.

For Example, within a class situation your mind is often occupied by your routine, arm position, head position and just remembering the steps, then...

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Should I keep swopping my shoes from one foot to the other?

Posted by [email protected] on September 3, 2011 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Some students ask whether they should keep changing the way they wear their shoes to even out the amount the shoes wear out. Is this really the best thing to do?

With your shoes you do want to get the most wear out of them, and there are ways of doing this (please see the information page). But you also want to mold in your shoes to each foot. There are often small diff...

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Will pointe shoes damage my feet?

Posted by [email protected] on August 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Pointe shoes are designed to support the feet. It is not a natural position to be en pointe, but a well fitted pointe shoe will support all the correct areas, allowing a trained dancer to balance en pointe. Pointe work can look effortless, but alot goes on for a dancer to acheive this. They have usually trained for more than 4 years, to build up their strength and flexibility as a dancer.

A dancer must have the proper control of the small m...

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How can I keep my pointe shoes clean?

Posted by [email protected] on August 27, 2011 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

It is very sad when you have a beautiful new pair of pointe shoes and within one lesson you have already started to mark your pointe shoes. So what can you do?

Because the shoes are satin it is very difficult to clean them once they have got dirty, and you cannot wet a pointe shoe because it will go soft and mushy. Some dancers do, however, use calamine lotion to "white out" (also known as pancaking) the shoes, or effectively co...

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Should I always buy the same pointe shoes?

Posted by [email protected] on August 27, 2011 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

You will find that as you dance en pointe your feet will change shape and you will build up the strength in your feet. Because of this it is important to be refitted each time you need pointe shoes. This will enable your qualified fitter to look at your progress in your last shoes, and factor that in as they fit you for your next pair.

If your feet are still growing then you definitely need refitting as it is not just the length...

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