Written by Vanessa Van Rensburg
Friday, 06 March 2009 12:18
Ballet Shoes For Girls
It is the best to buy ballet shoes from a dance shop, specializing in fitting ballet shoes. Ballet shoes should not be too loose or too tight, but should fit like a glove. Although the shoes should feel snug and secure, your toes should be able to work freely.
For class work you will need canvas or leather ballet shoes.
Your teacher might ask your parents to buy satin ballet shoes for a competition on stage or a performance.
All ballet shoes (also called pumps or ballet slippers) come with a drawstring to tighten the top of the shoe. Take care not to make it too tight as it may cut into your heel.
Younger girls must sew elastics on their shoes and older girls ribbons.
How to sew on elastics for new shoes:
Take the new ballet shoe and fold the back of the shoe forward.
After class, it is a good idea to wipe your ballet shoes with a damp cloth, fold them and put them into your shoe bag, ready for the next ballet lesson.
- Insert one end of the elastic on the line of the fold.
- Sew it on watching carefully not to catch the drawstring inside the binding.
- Put the shoe on and measure the length of the elastic needed, making sure that the elastic is not too tight and not too loose.
- Sew the other end as described above.
Older girls - How to tie your ballet shoe ribbons:
It is important that you tie your ribbons properly. They have to be just right to be comfortable and neat, giving support, but not restricting the movement of your feet.
- Take the inside ribbon first and pass it across and around your ankle.
- Continue taking this ribbon around the front of your ankle. Keep it quite taut so that it does not wrinkle, but not so tight that it pinches.
- Now pass this ribbon around the back again. Pick up the outside ribbon, being careful not to let the first ribbon slip down.
- Pass the outside ribbon over and round your ankle. Keep the ribbons close together, one on top of the other. Bring the ribbons together on the inside of your foot and tie them in a neat knot, slightly away from your ankle. Don’t cut the extra ribbon off until you are sure you feel comfortable. Leave yourself about 4 or 5 cm after the knot.
- Tuck the knot and the ends to leave the ribbons looking neat and tidy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2009 08:18