The Pointe Book: Shoes, Training & Technique

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Princeton Book Company, 2004 - Games - 302 pages
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This guide provides a thorough examination of the pointe technique and pointe shoes. Dancers tired of their pointe shoes wearing out too quickly benefit from research that illuminates the shoemaking process and tips that show how to best fit, care for, and custom order their shoes. Interviews with ballet stars Martine van Hamel and Darci Kistler reveal their highly evolved but proven methods of caring for pointe shoes. The basics of the pointe technique, different pointe methods, and the history of pointe are discussed. A handy reference on pointe-related injuries and their remedies is included. This new edition offers the latest information on contemporary designs, materials, products, and suppliers. A sampling of pointe technique schools around the country offers an authoritative syllabus for teachers and students alike.

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Looking for the perfect point shoe.

User Review  - trina10 -

Loved the book. Read the whole book. I have a wide foot and needed to eliminate lots of pointe shoes. Some brands just dont hold up. Each shoe is different for individual needs. I tried five brands ... Read full review

Everything you wanted to know about pointe & MORE!

User Review  - branaban - Borders

I highly recommend this book for any pointe student of any age or level. The book's authors cover such wide and diverse areas from the differnt manufacturers of pointe shoes, shank choices, and ... Read full review


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)

Janice Barringer teaches, choreographs, and lectures in the United States, Canada, and China and is a columnist for Pointe and Dancer magazines. She has been spotlighted in the PBS Dance in America series, and has served on the faculty of the American Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, Harkness House, and STEPS on Broadway Sarah Schlesinger, former owner of Capezio Dance Theater Shops in Maryland and Delaware, has extensive experience fitting pointe shoes and solving pointe shoe-related problems. She is Chairperson of the graduate musical theater writing program of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts

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