POINTE SHOES, TIPS and TRICKS

for choosing, tuning and care

by ballerina Angela Reinhardt

 

          

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Dancing Times / March 2008
Britain's leading dance monthly
 

Angela Reinhardt, in her book Pointe Shoes Tips & Tricks, tells us how, after seeing a performance of Invitation to the Dance with her father at the age of nine at the magnificent Deutsche Staatsoper unter den Linden, the ballet changed her life. She tells us it created a passion for ballet – how she became a ballerina – and the thrill of having her first pointe shoes.
She gives a short history of the development of the pointe shoe is made (and this is what all dancers want to know) the tips and tricks of how carefully to dismantle parts of the pointe shoe: to tune, adapt, fit and mould it to the foot. I found it fascinating because during my entire career I had so many problems with my pointe shoes – always looking fort he perfect pair. I had several tricks myself but learned many more after reading this book. What to do if the shoe is too big or small, if the heel slips off, or if it is too high, if the block is not square enough – to name just a few! Well, you have the answer here. Also, there are excellent exercises, again well illustrated, for strengthening the foot, and exercises for relaxation, all beneficial and important.  …
This book is excellent and has obviously been inspired by the necessary quest to find one’s own personal pointe shoe. Some people may be lucky but many, as the author says; “can often take years to find their ’own’ pointe shoe”. A race against time, when you think how short is a dancer’s career. But here you have a valuable guide. I congratulate Angela Reinhardt on writing such a book – and recommend it highly. I think it is a real gem and should be in every ballet school’s library.

 

Doreen Wells
former Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet's Touring Company

 


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