Master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based ThePointeShop chats with Ballet West soloist Chelsea Keefer to hear about how she prepares her pointe shoes. Keefer offers lots of darning tips, and shares all of the unusual ways that she uses rosin.
Dancers breaking world records before they've even had their morning coffee? Shouldn't surprise you, considering our next-level enthusiasm for absolutely anything that has to do with dance. And that's exactly the feat 300+ dancers—myself included!—achieved this morning on the streets of NYC.
There are a handful of injuries that plague many dancers, tendonitis being one of them. Here, master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based ThePointeShop explains how to find the best pointe shoe fit to keep pre-existing tendonitis from becoming inflamed.
Josephine Lee and Amy Potter. Screenshot via YouTube.
Master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based The Pointe Shop chats with Oklahoma City Ballet dancer Amy Potter to hear about how she prepares her pointe shoes. Plus, hear all of Potter's tips and tricks on how she makes her boxes last longer.
Houston Ballet principal Jessica Collado recalls dancing Giselle's Myrtha on an outdoor stage in the thick of a Texan summer. "At the beginning of the act my shoes still had some life in them, but when I bourréed off to go to my grave at the end, there was literally nothing left of them," she says. "They completely died."
While some pointe shoe brands are built with synthetic materials (making them longer lasting), most shoes are still made out of organic components like burlap and paper, which are incredibly susceptible to humidity. "The more moisture there is, either in the air or from your foot sweating, the faster your shoes will break down," says ThePointeShop founder Josephine Lee. Whether you're spending your summer performing outdoors or training in a crowded studio, muggy weather will have a huge impact on your shoes. Here are some tips to make it through.
Master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based ThePointeShop is back with advice on vamp length. She explains how to figure out the right vamp length for you based on the dimensions of your foot, and the advantages and disadvantages of different vamp lengths. Plus, some tricks of the trade regarding lambswool toe pads.
New Miami City Ballet corps member Itzkan Barbosa and her mother Miriam Barbosa pose atop a mountain of Itzkan's pointe shoes. Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy Miriam Barbosa.
On the morning of May 1, Miriam Barbosa posted a photo of her daughter, Itzkan, on Facebook. The image itself is striking—Itzkan stands smiling on pointe in front of Miami City Ballet, where she has spent the last year as a pre-professional student, perched atop a mountain of old pointe shoes of all different sizes. But it's the story behind the picture that's inspired so many people to comment their congratulations and appreciation. The photo contains every single one of Itzkan's pointe shoes, from her very first pair up until the moment she got her first professional contract as a corps member with MCB last month.The imagenot only calls attention to the hard work and dedication necessary for young dancers to achieve their dreams, but to the sacrifices parents make to help them get there.
Petit Pas's En Pointe bracelet, made from used pointe shoes. Courtesy Petit Pas.
Have you ever looked at the ever-growing pile of dead pointe shoes in the corner of your closet, unsure of what to do with them? It seems wasteful to throw them out, but they can't be recycled. And many dancers feel a sentimental attachment to their old shoes and want to hang onto them. This is where Petit Pas comes in. This new New York City-based company is dedicated to finding a second life for pointe shoes, creating bracelets and other items out of discarded shoes.
This week, master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based The Pointe Shop answers another of your pointe shoe questions: "My pointe shoes always twist. I've tried so many brands and models! Can you tell me what causes the twisting, and how to avoid it?" Lee dives into why twisting happens and ways to keep it at bay, from technique to padding.