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First Pointes

 

 

The first pair of pointe shoes is a huge milestone for any ballet dancer. There is so much care, preparation, training and time that goes into the process of learning pointe work, so to ensure the longevity of your time en pointe it is important to work hard and not cut corners. 

 

Before you pick up your pointe shoes, dancers should have an intermediate level of strength, mobility and body awareness. Early ballet training helps build the proper strength and technique to help dancers on their pointe shoe journey. Discuss your training with your ballet teacher and take their advice as to the best approach for you. Only they can decide when you are ready!

 

That being said, it may take some time to find the right shoe for you, and it is not always the pair your friend buys or your teacher bought. The strength and shape of feet can vary hugely and will change over time, so the pointe shoe style and brand can change over time too as dancers find what works best for them and their requirements. Pointe shoes should fit comfortably, with your toes flat and lightly touching the edge of the shoe. When standing in second position in demi plié, the big toe should only lightly touch the tip of your shoe.

Some pointe shoes take longer to break in than others, to ensure that they are perfectly moulded to the foot. Like your whole pointe experience, find what works for you, be it walking around the house in your shoes or bending and stretching them in demi pointe. Take good care of your shoes and they will take care of you for as long as possible.