Today I am going to be sharing with you all some of my necessities I use for ballet/pointe! Also, you can follow along with some of my tips and tricks. If some of you are not dancers, still feel free to read and see what a day in the life a dancer’s feet is really like!
I wear my pointe shoes about every day for at least 3 hours. I am training at a local ballet school at the moment. I wear Gaynor Mindens. For those who might not know what these are; Gaynor’s are a newer type of pointe shoe that are made entirely out of plastic and foam, rather than the traditional pointe shoe. Typically, most pointe shoes are made out of a paper mache, but Gaynor Mindens kind of changed that idea so that the shoe itself could last longer! I do like them a lot, especially since Gaynor Minden has helped me create the my perfect shoe!! I absolutely love that the shoe itself is quiet and most of all lasts a whole lot longer. And they are so pretty, each time I sew a new pair of pointe shoes I feel like a princess!! I feel like most ballerinas spend there whole career looking for the perfect shoe, almost like princesses in the fairy-tales! The picture above is me wearing my Gaynor Mindens. I really do like how they immediately shape to my foot and I can warm-up/roll through my feet nicely at barre while wearing them! I have also tried Freed’s by Freed of London. I loved the shape of the shoes, but they died after a day of rehearsals and I have not had the time to find another shoe just yet. So, I am sticking with Gaynor’s forever and always!! Let me know what shoes you might wear and what your thoughts are!
I will show you a bit of what I wear on my toes!
I have found that warming my feet up specifically before class always helps and it is a lot healthier for your body, even if it is simple! It’s the little things that lead to great things! I have a set routine that I do everyday before class:
20 rises onto demi-pointe
10 reps of windshield wipers with a thera-band
20 reps of pointing and flexing my feet with a thera-band
25 reps of caterpillars (for the arches)
Achilles tendon stretch on half of foam log
Here is a video for a better look, I have listed everything above in order of the video: