It’s 48 hours since I got back to ballet class and I am currently in the depths of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). It’s as bad as was expected. The preparatory stretch session the day before class to locate the hibernating ballet muscles was as helpful as a dead pair of pointe shoes when you’re learning… Read More Sloppy Glissés and Grandma Hips
I have just ordered a new pair of pointe shoes for the first time in over a year. Proper ballet class is back on. For those of you that read La Petite Ballerine you’ll know how much of a passion taking ballet classes used to be. Unfortunately a few issues, mainly anxiety and then my regular class… Read More Back to Ballet
December’s most wanted is pointe shoes. Not a new pair of pointes, or a specific brand, make, or model but the chance to actually dance in them. You see, I am currently experiencing ‘ballet-pangs’ and cravings for class.
A massive chunk of the previous blog was ballet. All the ballet. Watching ballet, learning ballet, struggling with ballet and loving ballet. Ballet was were the main audience was drawn from. This year me and ballet have had a love/dislike relationship. I have been to fewer classes than ever this year and it started in… Read More Ballet
This time two years ago I had just started pointe classes. Twenty years of wanting a pair of pointes and now I was actually learning to dance in them. By Christmas, about six weeks after the first class I had to most terrifying experience when I was told to relevé to retiré in the centre… Read More My Life in Pointe Shoes
Sewing pointe shoes is very much an individual thing. I’ve only danced en pointe for two years and I’m sure that the longer I dance my preferences might change. I’ve tried different elastics and come to the conclusion that I like the thicker elastic, which I find difficult to get hold of and so stick… Read More How to Sew Pointe Shoes
Whenever I get a new pair of pointe shoes it never fails to amaze me how rock solid they are. When I got my latest pair the other week, I was so surprised at how soft and more like comfortable slippers the dead pair felt. The right shank had snapped, there was not a lot… Read More Death of a Pointe Shoe