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Premier Dance Network: Pirouettes From The Past

Premier Dance is the only podcast that is one hundred percent dedicated to the world of dance. This growing network of shows provides the listener with a “one-stop shop” of online resources for all topics related to dance. Premier Dance Network programming ranges from real stories of young dancers just starting out, all the way to the fascinating lives of the top professional dancers in the world. Today we are going to be shining a light on their show Pirouettes From The Past.

Pirouettes From the Past

Pirouettes From the Past is a mini-series featuring Dr. Melissa Klapper, a history professor, who hosts a monthly class on the history of Ballet in America. In these classes, Dr. Klapper talks about everything from the history of the College Dance Departments in the U.S. to the history behind the Nutcracker. Some of the interesting lessons include the fabulous careers of Native American ballerinas in the mid-20th century and history of Ballet shown on TV.

This podcast is a great way to learn more about the vast history of dance whether you are an activity dancer or just someone who enjoys the art of dance. To listen to this podcast click here. 

 

Pointe Shoe Myths

There are many myths floating around about pointe shoe. So to clear the air we have compiled a list of popular pointe shoe myths that have been floating around to try and let people know what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to pointe shoes.

1 If my friend and I have the same shoe size, we will wear the same pointe shoes 

This is a BIG myth. Not only that but it can be dangerous, painful, and could lead to injury if you try to wear a friends pointe shoe in class or for performance. Pointe shoes are not like regular shoes and Pointe Shoe fitters can spend hours with a dancer to try and find the perfect pair of pointe shoes for the dancers. So just because you have the same shoe size does not mean that you can wear the same shoe as a friend. Every foot is different so it is important to get the right shoe for you.  

2 You have to break your shoes before wearing them

Although professional dancers do tend to break their shoes in. It is not a good idea for a new dancer to break their shoes in before wearing them. Professional Dancers have had years of experience in wearing pointe shoes. They know exactly how they like their shoes to fit them when they are performing. However, as a new and inexperienced pointe dancer, you may not know how the shoe should fit. In this case, it is important to trust your teacher and let them help you break the shoes in during class, not before.   

3 You have to be a certain age to start pointe

While you don’t have to be a certain age to start pointe shoe training, you do have to take certain precautions before you start. You teacher will approve you for pointe shoe training before you go in for a fitting. Some teachers even like to go with their students to help explain how things will feel in the pointe shoe. Even though you may be excited about pointe shoe training it is important to wait for your teachers approval before wearing the pointe shoes. Before you are approved to go up on pointe your teacher is going to evaluate your foot strength and flexibility.

4 Pointe shoes are excruciatingly painful

While they do not feel like your foot is surrounded by clouds and unicorns, pointe shoes should not be excruciatingly painful. In the pointe shoe fitting your fitter will explain how the shoe should feel. And while the dancer should feel a certain amount of pressure in the fitting, excruciatingly painful shoes are an indicator that the shoe is not fitting correctly and therefore the dancer should let the fitter know. Communication is very important when getting a new pair of pointe shoes.

5 The tips are made out of wood

This is one we hear all the time when first fitting a dancer with their first pointe shoe. A lot of people think that because the box is hard that it is made out of wood, this, however, is not the case. The box of the pointe shoe is not made out of wood. The box is truly made up of layers of fabric and glue, that is molded carefully and precisely by a skilled cobbler to be supportive and smooth.

 

We hope this list has cleared up of common myths surrounding pointe shoes. And if you or your dancer are looking for new pointe shoe click here to make an appointment and come by the store. We have experienced pointe shoe fitters that can help you find the best pointe shoe for you with our massive pointe shoe collection.

 

Where Is She Now? Jamie Askey

Former DanceWear Corner employee Jamie Askey has been part of the Dancewear Corner family ever since she got her first pair of pointe shoes.

Askey has been dancing ever since she was just 4 years old when she started taking classes at Raskins Dance Studio where she danced for 14 years. It did not take long before she started to substitute teach some classes at Raskins. This is also where she got her first taste of choreographing and she has even won awards for pieces that she has choreographed.

At the age of 21, she made one of her dreams come true by moving to New York City. So for anyone dreaming about moving to New York City you can do it.

The last time we caught up with her was 4 years ago and we wanted to know what she has been up to these last few years.

What have you been up to for the last 4 years?

I have been all over the world dancing and traveling. I have danced on cruise ships, theme parks, performed at Symphony Space in NYC, and worked with many talented choreographers and dancers. I have also been judging dance competitions for Starpower, Legacy, and Beyond the Stars and have also taught at various studios around the NYC area.

How has living in New York been different than living in Florida?

Oh wow! I mean the main difference is definitely the weather. I am from St. Cloud a little town in Central Florida so there is a big difference in having a car and driving everywhere to now using public transportation and walking everywhere. Grocery shopping is very different too. So I would say I miss having a car for that. Also space… My bedroom is smaller then you can imagine. Luckily I am 5’1″ so I can fit in small places. My small bedroom back in Florida is now huge to me. I wish I could have seen the future when I was growing up, I probably would have told myself to just wait…

What was the most exciting thing that you have done while in New York?

This is a really hard question. I would say it is really exciting having moved to NYC and being able to survive here. I am so happy to be included in the community here that I am able to hang out with friends, enjoy the city, and also travel to new places. I feel like living in NYC has opened many doors for me and has allowed me to travel to so many other places. Right now I am in Austin, Texas teaching at a summer camp called TAPS. I have never been to Texas and this opportunity came up thanks to my community in NYC.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love hanging out with my friends, seeing shows, cooking/baking, and of course exploring everything the city has to offer. Now that it is nice outside I love laying out and sunbathing. When I was younger and visiting the city, my dad would joke about the New Yorkers laying out in 60-degree weather but now living here I am one of them. I love it.

I see that you have performance, choreography, teaching and judging experience. Which do you enjoy doing the most and why?

I enjoy doing all of them because they are all a part of my art. I am very lucky to still be able to perform so I am going to say I enjoy performing the most. It gives me the best feeling in the world to be able to perform for people.

If you could go back in time, what advice and lessons learned would you had given your “younger self”?

I would probably say that everyone has their own journey in life and to not compare your journey to someone else’s. You control what happens to you next.

If you could give advice for aspiring younger dancers, what did you discover about the industry that you would want others to know about?  

Do not take anything personally, especially when it comes to auditions. You are talented. You made it into the audition room. Once you have made it there,  many things are out of your control. There are so many other things that the creatives are looking at that are out of your control and typically do not have to do with your talent. Keep doing what you love and continue to stay creative.

 

 

 

2018 Anniversary Event

DanceWear Corner has been proud to service the Central Florida area and beyond since 1996. We have always been dedicated to not only providing an excellent selection of dancewear and accessories at an affordable price but also your total resource of information that will help you make the best possible dancewear purchasing decision.

This year we are celebrating 22 years of business with a huge event filled with dancing, savings, and pointe shoe decorations. On Saturday, August 11th the entire store will be 20% off. That’s right 20% off everything in the store and yes this means Pointe Shoes too. It can get pretty crazy so if you don’t have the time or it’s too crazy for you, remember that you can ask for a voucher on this day and you can schedule a fitting for within 30 days and you can still get the 20% off your pointe shoes. The 20% off is only available in the Orlando superstore, so make sure to visit the store if you are in Orlando during this time.   

 

This is the perfect time to take advantage of this amazing sale and stock up and save on all your dance needs.

This event will also have live performances from the top studios and companies in the Central Florida area. So even if you are stuck waiting for a fitting you can still enjoy performances and even decorate a pointe shoe to take home with you.

 

You really don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity!

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