Buying your first pair of ballet shoes can be confusing as there are so many different sizes, styles, soles and materials to choose from. Usually, an experienced ballet teacher from schools like the Donita Ballet School will advise you on the best type of ballet shoe for you, or a uniform list from your chosen ballet school will specify the type you require. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right ballet shoes for your level and style of dance classes in North York.
Ballet shoes should fit like a glove – they should be snug, but not too tight. When trying on shoes, stand in first position with your feet flat on the floor and tie the shoes securely. Your toes should be flat to the floor, not bunched up inside the shoe. Try a smaller size if the shoe has too much room in the toe area or if your heel feels unsupported. Try a larger size if you cannot wiggle your toes or if you feel your heel digging into the back of the shoe.
The material of your ballet shoe is usually down to your personal preference. Your ballet teacher may recommend certain materials, so you may wish to consult them first. Canvas shoes are the popular with beginners as they are cheap, durable and easy to care for. Satin shoes are the least durable ballet shoes, but they are preferred for performances as they tend to look the best on stage. Leather shoes are more durable than canvas and satin shoes, but they are more expensive. They are also preferred for ballet classes on wooden floors.
As a beginner, you should always start with a full sole ballet shoe. These shoes will support the arch of your foot and help you to achieve pointe as your level of skill progresses. Once you have moved onto intermediate and advanced classes, you will be able to consider a split-sole ballet shoe. These shoes will allow for more flexibility and movement within your feet, as well as a stronger pointe.
Buying ballet shoes for the first time is an important part of your development as a dancer. Once you find a shoe that fits you well and feels comfortable, you will get more enjoyment out of your North York ballet classes.
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