Archive for October, 2010

So Many Pointe Shoes to Choose From!

October 28, 2010

I was surprised to see over 15 types of pointe shoes explained in an article in the June/July 2010 issue of Pointe magazine. And there are even more types than those mentioned in the article!. I only remember having the choice of three different types of pointe shoes when I was a young dancer.  None of them suited my narrow, low-arched foot, so I had to settle for a pair.

Now that there are all these options, dancers should take the time to try on different shoes.  An experienced fitter will help you find the shoe that is appropriate for your foot type, toe length, and arch. Expect the fitting to take at least an hour. When trying on the shoes, the dancer should see how the foot feels when in full releve. In addition, it’s also helpful to try a demi plie in second position since the foot needs additional room for plie. The fitter will also want to see how the shoe reacts when the dancer performs a releve to demi pointe.

The shoe that is selected at the first fitting may not continue be the “perfect shoe” throughout a dancer’s career. Feet change due to growth, technique, and injuries. And along with that, the shoe manufacturers are continually producing new and improved types of pointe shoes. It’s a good idea to go for a fitting even after the feet have stopped growing.


Don’t Let the Dance Program at The Egg End

October 6, 2010

I recently received a letter from The Egg, stating that “the dance program at The Egg faces some formidable, challenges in order to remain viable.” Of course funding is always a challenge, but more important is the fact that audience participation has decreased.

The Egg has always presented an amazing season so I would hate to see it go. It reminds me of what Saratoga Performing Arts Center had to deal with a few years ago when there were threats that New York City Ballet would not return. Hopefully area dance enthusiasts can pull together and show that The Egg dance program is important.

The Egg has an exciting dance program set for this year, so please try to take advantage of it. In addition to the performances, the Capital District Dance Alliance offers pre-performance talks at 7:15 for all dance performance ticket holders.

The next dance performance at The Egg is Rioult: The Company, which is scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2010 at 8pm. The Rioult ompany is also offering a free lecture demonstration at the Dance Studio, Visual Arts Builcding, Union College on Thursday, October 21, 6:30-8pm.

The line-up for the rest of The Egg’s 2010-2011season is the following:

Bellydance Superstars, 11/19/10

Ellen Sinopoli, 1/21/11

Tango Fire, 2/4/11

Russian National Ballet, 3/18/11

Paul Taylor, 4/16/11

NY Theatre Ballet, 5/6/11

For more information, go to The Egg’s website at  You can also become a member of Dance Alliance to receive a monthly newsletter packed with dance related articles and calendar.