Ah, pointe shoes. That magical right of passage that every bunhead dreams about. They look so beautiful...but they can hurt. so. much. As a dancer, your feet are two of your most important tools. That's why it's essential to take care of them—and why making sure you have the right pointe shoe for your foot type is so important.
Keenan Kampa, the owner of a pair of our favorite feet (photo by Gene Schiavone)
Lucky for those of you in the NYC area, The School at Steps will be hosting its annual Pointe Shoe Workshop & Fair—part of its Complete Dancer Series. This is your one-stop-shop for everything pointe shoe. There will be fitters from Capezio, Chacott by Freed of London, Gaynor Minden and Grishko. There will also be a panel of experts— including our friend and Pointe magazine editor in chief, Amy Brandt—and pros like Misty Copeland to talk about their own experiences dancing on pointe.
The workshop will be held on Sunday, February 8 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10, with group/studio discounts available. Get your tickets here.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:
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When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.
James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.