The Pointe Book: Shoes, Training, Technique

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A complete examination of the pointe technique and pointe shoes is provided in this guide. Dancers tired of their pointe shoes wearing out too quickly benefit from a thorough explanation of the shoemaking process, and the book includes tips that show how to best fit, care for, and custom order toe shoes. Interviews with ballet stars reveal their highly evolved but proven methods of caring for pointe shoes, while the basics of the pointe technique, different methods, and its history are also discussed. With a ...

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Overview

A complete examination of the pointe technique and pointe shoes is provided in this guide. Dancers tired of their pointe shoes wearing out too quickly benefit from a thorough explanation of the shoemaking process, and the book includes tips that show how to best fit, care for, and custom order toe shoes. Interviews with ballet stars reveal their highly evolved but proven methods of caring for pointe shoes, while the basics of the pointe technique, different methods, and its history are also discussed. With a handy reference on pointe-related injuries and their remedies, this new edition also 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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Editorial Reviews

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"This remains the only book of its kind to focus exclusively on pointe shoes and techniques. A 'must' for any serious ballet teacher."  —Library Bookwatch

“Detailing the shoemaking process, the comprehensive guide profiles major shoe manufacturers and the fundamentals of fitting, purchasing, and preparing pointe shoes. Interviews with leading dancers. choreographers, shoe fitterts, and medical professionals help demystify the mechanics of pointe dancing. This unusual resource is a fascinating yet essential tool for professional dancers, students, teachers, and ballerinas.”  —Booklist

“[This book] addresses nearly every question that you could think to ask about pointe shoes.”  —Dance Magazine

“A must read for those who teach pointe work.”  —Dance Teacher Now

This book is especially recommended for ballet students, but will also appeal to those who are interested in the art form and fascinated by the seeming ease that the ballerina brings to working on pointe.”  —Choice Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871273550
  • Publisher: Princeton Book Company
  • Publication date: 5/11/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 277,528
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice Barringer is a musical consultant for Stepping Tones Records in Los Angeles and has been spotlighted in the PBS Dance in America series. She has been on the faculty of the American Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, Harkness House, and STEPS and is a columnist for Pointe. Sarah Schlesinger is the former owner of the Capezio Dance Theatre Shops in Maryland and Delaware. She has extensive experience in fitting and repairing pointe shoes and is chair at the graduate musical theater writing program at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts. They both live in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction David Howard vii

Preface to the Third Edition ix

Acknowledgements xi

1 A Brief History of Pointe Dancing 1

2 The Foot and the Pointe Shoemaking Process 9

3 The Pointe Shoe Fitting Process 20

4 Pointe Shoe Size Charts 33

5 Preparing and Caring for Pointe Shoes 40

6 Shoe Accessories 57

7 The Shoe Master 62

8 Profiles of Pointe Shoemakers and Sellers 69

9 Pointe Shoe Characteristics 112

10 Basics of Teaching Pointe 157

11 Profiles of Pointe Training Methods 189

12 Sample Pointe Classes 220

13 Pointe-Related Injuries and Their Remedies 262

14 Conversations on Pointe 315

15 Will Pointe Work Be Relevant in the Twenty-first Century? 337

Bibliography 340

Index 345

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