Jun 19, 2009

Summer Camp and Pointe Shoe Life

Summers coming up! And as many of us dancers know, that means summer camp! (One of my personal favorite times of the year!) Now depending on what school you go to, we all do various amounts of dancing in the summer. At my school there are six weeks of summer camp and I have signed up for all six. Some schools have five and some have eight and not everyone signs up for all the weeks. When summer camp rolls around, one of my primary concerns is... pointe shoes. When you're dancing that much for such a long amount of time, pointe shoes wear away that much faster and pointe shoes are not the cheapest things in the world. Here are 5 major tips to get the most out of your pointe shoes and your money.

1: Buy 2-3 pairs of pointe shoes and rotate them throughout the week. Monday wear your first pair and then leave them out to dry the next two days. Tuesday wear your second pair, Wednesday wear your third and so on.

2: Glue your boxes. There is a particular kind of glue known as Jet Glue you can buy at an online dance store or your local pointe shoe store. Squirt only several drops of glue into the box from the INSIDE. And remember, with Jet Glue, a little goes a LONG way so be extra careful.

3: I have found that when I return home from class and my pointe shoes are still wet, there's one everyday household item that can now be of use. The dryer! Some dryers come with a rack that you can place inside so you can dry items without having them tumble. Place the rack inside and set your pointe shoes on top. Use a low heat for as long as you think is necessary to suck the moisture out of your shoes.

4: Take the ribbons and elastics from your previous, dead point shoes and sew them onto your new ones. They may look a bit shabby compared to the shiny satin on the shoe, but they will eventually match!

5: NEVER EVER put your point shoes back into your bag after a class. That doesn't allow them the chance to air out and dry and shortens their life drastically. You could get a mesh bag and keep your pointe shoes in that but tie it to the outside of your dance bag. The best way is to simply tie your pointe shoes, by the ribbons, outside your bag and let them breathe some fresh air.

Okay so there you go! 5 ways to save money and save some life in your pointe shoes. I hope it helps!

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