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  • Call 0161 337 0300
  • Free over £40
  • 30% Discount code - XMASCHEER30

"We at Dance Essentials know the importance of correctly fitted pointe shoes is a must, giving the dancer a safe dancing platform which in turn leads to aesthetically pleasing, strong healthy feet extending through to the leg creating beautiful lines."

  • Correctly fitted shoes will last longer also reducing dancing costs.
  • Help correct certain bad habits or physical limitations.
  • Allow a dancer with less than adequate feet to dance to her physical maximum.
  • We carry an extensive list of brands and all sizes of shoes and so do not have to push you into the wrong shoe or size for the sake of a sale.
  • This expertise extends through to dance shoe and dance wear.

Appointments - 0161 337 0300 ext 3 - dance-essentials14@hotmail.com

Dance Essentials offers personal appointments when fitting pointe shoes to ensure a professional high quality service.

Give us call or drop us an email to arrange a suitable day and time. Please be aware that if you turn up on any specific day and do not have a prior appointment booked, you are not guaranteed a fitting.

Our shop is situated in a fully established Dance school Centre Pointe, please note weekend appointments are not always possible but in some occasions can be arrange in advance.

Fittings may take up to an hour for a first pair so please account for this time.

On the day

  • Please ensure that toenails are cut short.
  • Please wear clean ballet tights, preferably convertible tights to allow us to inspect your feet.
  • Please also wear clothing that allows for the lower parts of the leg to be visible.
  • If it is not your first pair of pointe shoes for which you are being fitted, please bring your existing toe pads and shoes with you.

After the fitting

  • Record cards are kept for returning customers if happy for us to do so, allowing us to keep in contact via email with any future special offers we have in store. It's always good revert back to see previous sizes and dates as to when last purchased.

Note: Pointe shoes should only be worn with proper training. They can cause injury, if worn improperly. If you are shopping for a first pair of pointe shoes, it is recommended that the shoes be fitted by a professional to ensure proper fit.

To book an appointment drop us an email and we will get back to you with the next available appointment.

HISTORY OF POINTE

Ballet shoes have been in constant evolution since the first ballerinas removed the heels from their dancing shoes in the 1700s, to better articulate their feet in jumps. Later, to promote an ideal of unreal lightness for ballerinas, some were suspended on wires to allow them to skim the floor on their toes or rise into the air. In the early 1800s, dancers began rising to their toes on their own. Maria Taglioni is known as the first ballerina to dance a full-length ballet on pointe (La Sylphide in 1832). As dance progressed into the 19th century, the emphasis on technical skill increased, as did the desire to dance en pointe without the aid of wires. When Marie Taglioni first danced La Sylphide en pointe, her shoes were nothing more than modified satin slippers; the soles were made of leather and the sides and toes were darned to help the shoes hold their shapes. Because the shoes of this period offered no support, dancers would pad their toes for comfort and rely on the strength of their feet and ankles for support. With such light support, the earliest pointe work consisted merely of brief rises to pointe. Over the course of two centuries, ballet technique and the technique of shoemakers developed hand-in-hand, producing the more supportive shoes we know today.

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