Ballet_Shoes__Canvas_Or_Leather_ by seragsamy

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Ballet Shoes: Canvas Or Leather?

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499

Summary:
Ballet shoes are an important purchase for the beginning ballet student
and many elements will affect your purchase decision. To make the correct
choice, you will need to listen carefully to your instructor and follow
their advice about which shoes to buy. If you are not taking ballet
lessons, and cannot seek advice from an instructor or a more advanced
ballet dancer, then you will benefit from reading up on the types of
ballet shoes available and appropriate for a beginning ...


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ballet, learn ballet, ballet shoes, learn ballet online, ballet lessons


Article Body:
Ballet shoes are an important purchase for the beginning ballet student
and many elements will affect your purchase decision. To make the correct
choice, you will need to listen carefully to your instructor and follow
their advice about which shoes to buy. If you are not taking ballet
lessons, and cannot seek advice from an instructor or a more advanced
ballet dancer, then you will benefit from reading up on the types of
ballet shoes available and appropriate for a beginning ballet dancer.

Your ballet class instructor may have requested you purchase a certain
type of ballet shoe. Many instructors will provide very clear
instructions on which shoe to buy – including the brand, color and style.
Fortunately, instructors will often also advise where the best locations
are for finding and purchasing your ballet shoes. If your instructor
makes specific requests about the type of ballet shoes they prefer you
buy, then by all means, follow their directions.

Your choices of ballet shoes is virtually unlimited, if your instructor
has made no particular requests, and you will need to take your status as
a beginning ballet dancer into consideration. This means you should only
consider purchasing basic ballet shoes, not pointe shoes. Your instructor
will advise students when they can advance to pointe ballet shoes.

You need to be mindful of two things as you make your ballet shoe choice:
the shoe's sole and how the shoe is held on the foot.

Genuine leather soles are preferable for ballet shoes. Imitation leather
will not hold up well to dancing and will cause you to need replacement
shoes sooner. One thing to be aware of with leather soles is that they
can stick to the floor, especially when used by heavier dancers. Sticking
to the floor means your shoes can wear out more quickly, and can mean the
chance for injury. If you encounter this problem, consider purchasing
canvas shoes, which do not stick to the floor.
Ballet shoes are kept on the foot either by an elastic strap sewn to the
top opposite sides of the shoe, or by ribbons wound around the ankle and
lower leg and tied in place. Check with your instructor to see if they
have a preference of elastic straps or ribbons. Normally, practice shoes,
and shoes for children, have elastic straps. Shoes with ribbons are
usually reserved for recitals.

Finally, when you have chosen your ballet shoes -- try them on! They
should be comfortable to walk in, of course, but to be certain they are
best for you and dancing, try several ballet steps in them as well. If
you feel any discomfort at all, try another pair of shoes in a different
size or brand. Ballet shoes are essentially slippers, they should be
completely comfortable when you are walking or dancing. The idea of
‘breaking in’ does not apply with ballet shoes, so do not purchase shoes
thinking this will happen. You need ballet shoes that fit correctly
without abrading your feet anywhere.


								
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