Ask Deb: I'm Sinking Into My Pointe Shoes

Ask Deb: I'm Sinking Into My Pointe Shoes

Q: I’m sinking into my pointe shoes. I’ve tried different shoes and nothing is working. I used to have high arches, but they seem to be less flexible these days. Is this why I’m sinking?A: I actually believe pronation could be the cause of your...
Ask Deb: Help! I Have a Weak Right Ankle!

Ask Deb: Help! I Have a Weak Right Ankle!

Since getting my first pair of pointe shoes, I’ve noticed that my left ankle is much stronger than my right ankle, and my right knee is slightly bent when I’m on full pointe. Do you have any advice for how I can fix these problems?When someone says they...

3 Pointe Shoe Safety Tips

A well-fitting, properly laced shoe is integral to achieving correct technique and preventing injury on pointe. A shoe that is too short, too narrow, too long or too wide hampers a dancer’s ability to get her body into alignment on pointe and can cause ailments...

Beware of the Too-Big Pointe Shoe!

A fitter for 25 years, Carpenter learned her craft under a Repetto master fitter. In our November health column we share 3 pointe shoe safety tips from pro fitter Mary Carpenter. One of her best pointers is that a too-big shoe is just as bad as one that’s too small....

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