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Pointe shoe help please!

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seeker Sat 12-Sep-09 07:55:11

I've been sewing ribbons in soft shoes for 8 years now by folding down the heel then sewing the ribbon slantwise along the fold. Is it the same with pointe shoes? I've looked on Youtube and some do, but most seem to sew them so that they are a right angles to the shoe. HELP! I can't ask her teacher because she needs them for Monday! And does she automatically need elastics or are they just if they slip? HELP again!

seeker Sat 12-Sep-09 09:25:24

hopeful bump

mycatunderstandsme Sat 12-Sep-09 10:22:00

My DD recently started on pointe and yes-you sew the ribbons on at a slant.The lady in the shop told me to double them over at the end and sew them on really well as there is much more strain on them than in soft ballet shoes.

None of the girls at my DD's school have elastic. Also I had to darn the toes which was a very laborious process but some dance schools use little stick on patches so you would be better off asking the teacher!

Another thing that we found was that my DD needed gel pouches inside her shoes otherwise it is too painful but your DD probably needs to try them without 1st and see what the other girls in her class use. I think all dance schools are different!

HTH

seeker Sat 12-Sep-09 10:45:52

Thank you! It's a minefield, isn't it?

mycatunderstandsme Sat 12-Sep-09 11:14:02

It certainly is!

seeker Sat 12-Sep-09 15:50:49

So it's only Americans that sew them on at right angles to the shoe! I wonder if they have different feet!

LadyGlencoraPalliser Wed 16-Sep-09 10:59:49

Seeker, what grade is your DD? When does this pointe business start?

ShrinkingViolet Wed 16-Sep-09 11:41:02

just checked DD1s pointe shoes, and I'd sewed her ribbons on at right angles as advised by the woman in the dance shop (I took pins in with me and got her to place the ribbons, so I would get it right)

DD1s class started on pointe when they were about Grade 5/6 (IDTA) standard, but had been doing a LOT of demi-pointe work before that. Her teacher doesn't let them go on pointe till they are at least 13 or so, and have strong non-wobbly ankles.

LadyGlencoraPalliser Wed 16-Sep-09 12:28:15

Thanks SV. DD is 12 and working towards G4 ISTD. I suppose if she carries on she will be looking at pointe work in a year or two but her ankles aren't the strongest, so I worry about it.

heronsfly Wed 16-Sep-09 12:40:22

I have to sew elastic onto my dds pointe shoes as well as ribbons
It is a horrible job,as they have to be sewn right round the inside of the shoe.
But I do pay one of the older girls £3.00 a shoe to have them beautifully darned.grin
She is grade 6 rad,but the pointe work is done during a inter foundation class.

PixieOnaLeaf Fri 25-Sep-09 19:26:31

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