Getting your first pair of pointe shoes can be one of the most exciting days in a dancer’s life. Beyond the excitement, there is also lots of preparation when it comes to your first pointe shoe fitting. It’s important to be fitted properly, as the right pointe shoe can help you to reach your full potential as a dancer.
To help you get super prepared for your fitting, we’ve listed 5 things to add to your to-do list to make the transition to pointe as smooth as possible.
1. Get approval from your teacher and physio
Prior to your fitting, you should discuss with your ballet teacher if you are ready to go en pointe and in some cases, you should also see a dance physiotherapist for assessment. Remember, it is far better to wait a few more months if your teacher and physio think you need a little more development – patience is key!
2. Book an appointment
When you call to make an appointment at an Anything Dance store, we provide one of our Pointe Shoe Experts to fit you into the perfect shoe for you. A fitting usually takes between 30 – 40 minutes so booking an appointment ensures someone can see you even during busy periods like Back to Dance.
3. Bring a letter from your teacher and/or physio
We love to hear feedback from your dance teachers and if your physio has any special requests about your feet, the fitters can take that into consideration when they fit you. The more information we have, the more we can help!
4. Wear comfortable clothing
You may be asked to rise or plié during your fitting and the fitter will need to see your bare feet – we suggest wearing loose clothing and convertible tights. You may want to wear something you feel great in as well, just in case you want to capture your first fitting for Instagram!
5. Cut your toenails short and circular
The pressure from your pointe shoes can cause ingrown nails to occur – ouch! Keep them short for the fitting (and keep trimming your nails long after). We also recommend gently stretching your feet and ankles before your appointment to avoid injuring yourself before you even get started!
At Anything Dance, we ensure our customers are fitted properly and take our time to find the perfect shoe to help you improve upon your technique. Our experienced team of Pointe Shoe Experts are equipped with years of knowledge to ensure your feet are protected and supported.
If you are ready for your first pair of pointe shoes, call us to make an appointment on (02) 9716 5581
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