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Posts tagged: Ballet

Top Canadian Dancers Get Stamp of Approval

Canada Post has launched two new commemorative stamps, honouring Canadian ballet dancers Karen Kain and Fernand Nault. The two new stamps celebrate the careers of these pioneers who have contributed so much to Canadian ballet. About the Dancers Karen Kain Karen Kain is a celebrated dancer who began her career...

Taking Care of Pointe Shoes

Pointe shoes are a delicate and fragile thing, and can be costly to replace. While the lifespan of pointe shoes is different for each dancer, make sure that you’re getting the maximum value out of your shoes with these simple steps. Keep Pointe Shoes Dry The main material used to...

Ballet in Canada - A Brief History

Ballet is one of the oldest forms of theatrical dance still in use today. In today’s post, we’ll give you a brief rundown of how this gorgeous art form made its way to Canada and what happened when it did. First Contact French settlers first migrated to the land we...

Sewing Vamp Elastics into Pointe Shoes

  If you find that you go over too far on your pointe shoes or that your arch is slipping forward and out of your shoe when you’re up en pointe, you might need vamp elastics. A vamp elastic is a thick elastic band that goes across the opening of...

Translating Ballet Moves into English

Ballet relies heavily on the French language for its terminology, so many English-speaking dancers know what the word means in the context of ballet, but not the direct translations. In today’s post, we’ll shed some light on what all of these French terms actually mean. Battement - Beat: A move...

How to Attach Pointe Shoe Ribbon

Getting your first pair of pointe shoes is an exciting milestone in many dancers’ careers. However, buying the shoes is only one part of the process, and sewing ribbons on can be quite intimidating if you’ve never done it before. Below we’ve outlined our favourite way to sew pointe ribbons...

Which Ballet Slipper is Right For Me?

Choosing the correct ballet slipper can be stressful if you don’t know what you’re looking for. In this post, we break down the differences between certain types of slippers and what they’re best at doing. Leather or Canvas? Ballet slippers come in two main materials: leather and canvas. Leather is...

How to Attach Pointe Shoe Elastics

If you find the heel of your pointe shoe slides around and rarely stays in place, you might need to sew some elastics into the shoe. As always, check with your instructor before sewing any elastics into your shoes as some teachers are very specific on how they want their...

What Should I Expect From My First Pair of Pointe Shoes?

Getting your first pair of pointe shoes can be super exciting, but there are some components that not everyone knows about, so we’re here to give a basic breakdown of what you can expect from your first pair of pointe shoes. Pointe Shoe Fitting Process Pointe shoes aren’t fitted the...