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					Pointe Shoes For Ballet, Which Shoe is Right for You?

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Before selecting a brand of pointe shoe you must first know the anatomy
of a pointe shoe and whether you are ready for pointe. You may require
demi pointe shoes to train your feet so that you don't injure yourself or
waste your money. Here you'll learn the difference between demi pointe
and what makes a pointe shoe.


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Anatomy of a Pointe Shoe
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There are several elements involved in the anatomy of a pointe shoe, all
of which contribute to its fit and performance. The ability to identify
these parts is important in understanding their impact upon the dancer
and her performance. The front edge of the shoe is the platform, or the
flattened area upon which a dancer stands en pointe. Inside the shoe is
a stiffened cup encasing the toes known as the box, or block. The area
covering the toes and top of the foot is the vamp, while the opening
nearest the toes is the shoe’s throat. The supportive insole of a pointe
shoe, or shank, fits within, while an outer sole, typically made from
leather, runs along the underside. The rear portion of the shoe that
encases the heel and sides of the foot is known as the quarter. Running
the circumference of the shoe is the binding. This is the fabric channel
through which the drawstring runs. You can learn more about pointe shoes
at http://www.balletdancestudio.com

Beginner Pointe Shoes
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The most important aspect in selecting beginner pointe shoes is proper
fit. This not only affects one’s ability to dance en pointe, but
safeguards proper development of the feet, ankles and legs. Bones in the
feet do not fully mature until the early 20’s, and improperly fitted
shoes can cause damage. Look for pointe shoes that fit properly standing
on and off pointe. The ends of the toes should reach the front of the
shoe, and there should be no excess material at the heel. To find the
best width, check that there are no wrinkles in the box and that a finger
cannot fit between the box and the foot. Most often, beginner pointe
shoes should feature a medium shank, unless the dancer is particularly
muscular or has a high arch. No matter the shank, a properly fitted
pointe shoe will allow a dancer to roll through with comfort.

Ballet Demi Pointe Shoes
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Ballet demi pointe shoes are designed to meet the needs of younger
dancers until they mature and develop adequate strength for pointe work.
The main difference between a demi pointe and pointe shoe is that the
demi pointe is boxed and shankless. They do not provide the support and
stability needed to safely go on pointe, but are ideal for working up to
it. These shoes are intended to help familiarize pre-pointe students
with working in a boxed shoe, as well as basic shoe care such as sewing
on ribbon and elastic.

If you are looking for more information on Ballet Pointe shoes. Head on
over to http://www.balletinfo.com

				
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