Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesDancing · 1 decade ago


i have been doing ballet for ten years, but i don't have pointe shoes.

what types of things should i be doing to prepare?

is it very painful?

how should a pointe shoe fit?

is it extremely inportant to warm up before using pointe shoes?

should i buy a ballet barre for my first practices?

before getting any i will ask my teacher- but is it a good idea or unnecessary to book a private lesson with her once i get them so she can help to show me how to use them?

is flexability important when it comes to going en pointe?

ANYONE from chadstone??- Should i trust the chadstone shopping centre bloch store to know what they're talking about??

i live about an hour and a half away from there but it's my closest.


it's a long question i know! bt anyadvice would be hugely appreciated!

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I'm American so no, not from your area, but I would suggest if you are starting pointe to do lots of elaves and relaves and be able to balance in pase to build up your strength try to do them in flat then demi then high demi. Do not wear your pointe shoes to practice alone until you are strong enough to wear them. If you can get a thera-band there are several stretching exercises that help your ankles. You could order them on them net or probably from a pharmacy as they are used in physical therapy. Your shoes should first be fitted in person by a store fitter or your teacher. (Preferably your teacher.) He/she should be able to look at your feet in the shoes to determine, width, vamp length, ribbon position, elastic kinds and position, whether you will use padding,toe-pads or paper towels,or toe tape, you will probably get a softer shoe than you will use later as your feet get stronger so your first pair may not last long. Don't be disappointed. You can help them last by using shellac on the arch and jet glue on the boxes and arch inside if you need to stretch the wear out a little longer. As your feet grow and you grow stronger in ballet, be aware that your feet size may change, the shape and width may change. These are normal occurrences and the main reason why people have to change types/styles/brands of pointe shoes. Private lessons at first are good ways to build up your confidence and for the teacher to see exactly how your body is working with your shoes. This way more personal attention is given so that you teacher is aware of problems in technique and potential problems with shoes if they aren't fitting right or your feet have changed. Flexibility is important in ballet but in pointe strength is more important.

    Your Bloch store should have an experienced fitter, My first pointes were Capezio but my daughter's third pair was Bloch Sonatas and they did really well for her for years. Good luck and enjoy !

  • 4 years ago

    some foot rolls help. there are 2 a thank you to do them you could stand on the barre and pass your foot in a circle 8 circumstances, then any different way. try this approximately 2 circumstances the two ingredient. any different way is to place down on the floor with all your vertebrae on the floor. enhance your leg up, flex it, pointe it, flex it, then cirlce it and bend it cilrle it 10 circumstances and then opposite it. do it the two factors and definitely push by using as in case you have been pushing by using water with your foot. yet another subject... roll as much as a million/2 pointe,demi plie and roll down. demi plie roll up, stay there and plie relevae sixteen circumstances. to this point as padding is going, get some toe tape (First help tape will do wonderful and you gets it at CVS for like $3), Lambs Wool, and toe pads. verify they do no longer make you roll over-which potential you do no longer stand on pointe way too far out. i'm telling you recognize, pointe hurts! properly your firstclass besides. it dosen't harm me now! i'm hoping you get the suited pair of footwear and you do not get blisters and bunions too undesirable! lol -- stable success--

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    that'll hurt a lot...

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