The pointe book: shoes, training & technique

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Princeton Book Co., Jun 1, 2004 - Games - 302 pages
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The only book of its kind, this expanded Second Edition provides a thorough examination of pointe shoes and pointe technique. Dancers and students quickly benefit from the most current research that offers the latest information on hundreds of contemporary designs, materials, products, and suppliers. It illuminates the shoemaking process and gives advice about how to best fit, care for, and custom-order shoes. The basics of pointe readiness, pointe technique, different pointe methods, and the history of dancing on pointe are discussed. Includes an extensive reference to pointe-related injuries, their remedies, and medical and therapy facilities. The authors also provide eight authoritative pointe class syllabi for teachers and students, from the School of American Ballet's first day on pointe to American Ballet Theatre School's advanced class. In the last chapter, twelve prominent ballerinas talk about their shoes, how they found the perfect fit -- and the joy of dancing on pointe. Book jacket.

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Loved the book. Read the whole book. I have a wide foot and needed to eliminate lots of pointe shoes. Some brands just don't hold up. Each shoe is different for individual needs. I tried five ... Read full review

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I think this is a realy great book.It has "a brief history of pointe dancing","the foot and the shoemaking process","size charts","preparing and caring for pointe shoes","shoe accessories","the shoe master","profiles of pointe shoemakers and sellers","pointe shoe characteristics","basics of teaching pointe","profiles of pointe training methods","sample pointe classes","pointe-related injuries and their remedies","conversations on pointe".All in all its a realy good book i got it a short while before my grade [grade4] started on pointe and i t was really helpfull.i would definately reccomend it.i love dancing in my pointe shoes whenever my teacher says 'time for pointe work' i jump up and run to my bag to get my pointeshoes 


A Brief History of Pointe Dancing
The Foot and the Pointe Shoemaking Process
Preparing and Caring for Pointe Shoes

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About the author (2004)

Thalia Mara taught ballet for more than 50 years and was the founder of the USA International Ballet Competition. She is the author of "Steps in Ballet," Janice Barringer is a columnist for "Dancer" and "Pointe" magazines and is the coauthor of "The Pointe Book," She lives in New York City.

About the Author
Sarah Schlesinger is the author of 500 Fat-Free Recipes, 500 (Practically) Fat-Free Pasta Recipes, and 500 Low-Fat Fruit and Vegetable Recipes, and the co-author of The Low-Cholesterol Olive Oil Cookbook, among others. Her interest in fat-free cooking resulted from her husband's ongoing battle against coronary artery disease. A lyricist and librettist for musical theatre, she is the chair of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Schlesinger lives with her husband in Greenwich Village and in Lewes, Delaware.

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