Preparing for Pointe, Part 2

Maybe I’ll have my pointe shoe fitting today. I called the shop Franca recommended, but haven’t heard back from them. Since the owner also has a ballet school and the AS class is cancelled tonight, I will go there anyway to take the adult open class. If they have time for a fitting, all the better. If not, I can wait a little longer.

At least there is still hope in waiting. I’m really worried about not being able to find shoes, mostly because of my bunionettes. The right one has started hurting quite a bit. I bought a toe spacer with padding to wear in normal shoes and am hoping that it will get better. It never hurt before, but I’ve been wearing higher heeled and tighter shoes a lot since August,   which was probably the cause.  And there is less fat on my feet to cushion them. I’ve researched it and there isn’t much to be done except to wear padding, loose shoes and doing some exercises. Or surgery. Which I want to avoid at all costs. But what about pointe… Damn it!

Anyway, I’ve packed the padding, the shoe list and the ‘what to do at your fitting’ article and I’m prepared for the great adventure. My weight is still just at 150 lb., but my legs look thinner than last week, which is an improvement.

I haven’t worked through the ‘Perfect Pointe Book’ systematically, as I had planned. There mostly just isn’t enough time in the day. I often don’t even have time to warm up properly, let alone stretch after class. I have been doing slow relevés on one leg about twice a week and working hard on every relevé in class, trying to fully stretch and pull up the entire leg and they have got better, higher and more stable. But I still get tired after about eight repetitions, which means I need more strength. I will continue to work hard while I (hopefully) start training in my pointe shoes.

There is no use in worrying or thinking up various scenarios. I just have to try it.

About annalienor

Lover of beauty, adult ballet student, deliberate creator wannabe.
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5 Responses to Preparing for Pointe, Part 2

  1. wedoballet says:

    Yay for your fitting! Whether it’s today or another day, have fun with it 🙂 As for the bunions, MOST dancers have bunions one one side of their foot or another… so I wouldn’t fret about bunionettes keeping you from finding a well fitting shoe. Take the advice of the fitter regarding padding and spacers etc. And try a few different combinations of “stuff.”
    (In my experience putting padding ON my bunions makes them UNconfortable en pointe, but straightening out the toes with spacers is invaluable).
    Sending you comfy shoe vibes!

  2. When I was a little girl I used to dream being a ballerina.

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