Working with dancers in the pre-professional division at Ballet West Academy, master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based The Pointe Shop shares all of her best tips for fitting dancers with long, tapered toes.
Working with dancers in the pre-professional division at Ballet West Academy, master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based The Pointe Shop shares all of her best tips for fitting dancers with short toes and short feet.
Josephine Lee outside Ballet West Academy. Photo Courtesy Lee.
Earlier this summer, we followed master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based The Pointe Shop as she made her on a pointe shoe fitting tour around the West Coast and California. Now she's back, this time on a 45-day tour from California to Chicago, educating students on all things pointe shoes and helping them to find their perfect fit. Lee's making stops at top ballet companies and academies across the country, exploring schools and getting know academy directors. Below, check out Lee's stop at Ballet West. She touches base with academy director Peter Merz. Stay tuned for more!
Nathan Chen with artists of Ballet West in "Sleeping Beauty" (2011). Photo by Luke Isley, Courtesy Ballet West.
From ages 8 to 14, Nathan Chen trained at the Ballet West Academy and often performed alongside the company. Now, he is well on his way to becoming a household name. Earlier this month, Chen won the national title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and he'll be heading to the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Teamin February. If that's not impressive enough, you can now pop into your local grocery store and pick up a box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes with his photo on the front.
Chen is known for his exceptional musicality and artistry on the ice and has broken records for cleanly landing five quadruple jumps in one program."My training and ballet background definitely gives me the competitive edge," Chen said to an NBC News correspondent last fall. We touched base with Peter Christie, one of Chen's former instructors at the Ballet West Academyand a supplemental coach on the ice, to get a better sense of how ballet influences the record-breaking 18-year-old figure skater.