For a Ballerina, nothing is better than being promoted to pointe shoes. It is arguably one of the best moments of achievement in a ballet dancer’s life. To be pulled aside after class and be informed by the teacher that next week you will now be allowed to wear pointe shoes in class, it is a level of achievement that reveals to the dancer that hard work does pay off. Young dancers newly appointed to pointe shoes, specifically at K2 dance studios in Corona walk into class that next week with a sense of pride and achievement and the biggest smiles on their faces. We offer the Ballet of Corona program which is run by an esteemed ballerina who we are lucky to have here at K2 Dance Studios. The teacher is always the one to decide when your dancer is ready for pointe shoes. Our dance classes are specific to pointe shoe mastery and improvement where we will stretch the strength of your dancer and push them (mainly their feet) to the next level.
The progression of ballet shoe to pointe shoe can take a while and is dictated solely on the ankle and foot strength. Your ankle must be strong enough to support your weight while balancing on the box tip of the pointe shoe. Mastery of the pointe shoe can take years, however — one of the most crucial parts of learning how to wear pointe shoes in knowing how to break them in.
Every experienced dancer has a different way of breaking their pointe shoes in at K2 Dance Studios and these dancers in Corona have some quirky ways of doing so.
Break in the Shoes
The first thing to understand is that pointe shoes are not meant to be worn right away when you buy them. You have to break the shoes in otherwise you risk breaking your ankle as you have not formed the shoe for your particular foot.
When you get your first pair you must sew the ribbons and the band on the shoe, this allows the dancer to designate where they need their foot to be supported in the shoe. Some dancers like the band very close to their ankle, others like the band to be more towards their toes, and others like it directly in the middle. Each way is correct because you know where you need the support of your shoe.
Fold Them in Half
Once your shoe is all sewn up, it’s time to fold the shoe in half. That’s right — in half! You have to continuously fold your shoe forward and backward because you need to make room to allow for your arch to appear when you point your toes. Try it on a few times in between and try to point. Continue to bend the shoe until you are clearly able to see your point.
Fix the Bottom
Next thing you want to do is fix the bottom of the shoe. This can be done by going outside on the asphalt and scuffing the bottom of your heel and center of your foot on the floor. This truly allows you to break in the shoe. Afterwards, you’ll want to bang the shoe against the ground a little (not the wall as this can result in scuffs of the paint and that’s no fun). This kicks out any stragglers of tightness in your shoe (and it’s kinda fun).
Rub Some Rosin
Lastly, you want to rub some rosin on the front box part of the shoe to ensure that your shoe isn’t too slippery. And now, voila! You have a perfect pointe shoe that’s ready to be danced in!
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