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The pointe book : shoes, training & technique
Barringer, Janice.
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Hightstown, NJ : Princeton Book Co., [1998]

Physical Description:
xiv, 186 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Studies the development of pointe shoes and the technique of pointe dancing, an artistic innovation that allowed female dancers to carry ballet to new heights of virtuosity.
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"A Dance Horizons book."
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Studies the development of pointe shoes and the technique of pointe dancing, an artistic innovation that allowed female dancers to carry ballet to new heights of virtuosity.

Author Notes

Janice Barringer teaches, choreographs, and lectures in the United States, Canada, and China and is a columnist for Pointe and Dancer magazines. She has been spotlighted in the PBS Dance in America series, and has served on the faculty of the American Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, Harkness House, and STEPS on Broadway
Sarah Schlesinger, former owner of Capezio Dance Theater Shops in Maryland and Delaware, has extensive experience fitting pointe shoes and solving pointe shoe-related problems. She is Chairperson of the graduate musical theater writing program of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 9-12. Catherine de Medici's commission of the first ballet in 1581 radically altered the world of dance. Rapid developments in ballet technique dictated changes in the dancer's dress, and by the early 1800s, ballerinas were dancing on pointe. The authors, a dancer/ballet teacher and a dance shoe specialist, examine the evolution of this art form and the structure of pointe shoes. Detailing the shoemaking process, the comprehensive guide profiles major shoe manufacturers and the fundamentals of fitting, purchasing, and preparing pointe shoes. It also analyzes the training and teaching methods of major ballet schools in relation to the introduction of pointe work to students. Interviews with leading dancers, choreographers, shoe fitters, and medical professionals help demystify the mechanics of pointe dancing. Presenting a wide range of information, from prolonging shoe life to dealing with foot and ankle injuries, this unusual resource is a fascinating yet essential tool for professional dancers, students, teachers, and balletomanes. Bibliography. ~--Mary Romano Marks

Choice Review

Barringer and Schlesinger's book is the only print resource to examine both pointe shoes and the pointe technique. In the first chapter the authors provide a brief history, and in the last they offer conversations with 12 professional dancers about selecting, preparing, and working in pointe shoes. In between are eight chapters that deal primarily with the shoes--these offer valuable firsthand information about fitting pointe shoes (Schlesinger's background)--and additional chapters on performance issues. A chapter on pointe-related injuries will be especially useful for the young dancer tempted to push through pain; here the authors offer both remedies and lists of medical and therapy facilities. The book is especially recommended for ballet students, but it will also appeal to those who are interested in the art form and fascinated by the seeming ease that the ballerina brings to working on pointe. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Academic institutions with dance programs; general readers. L. K. Rosenberg Miami University

Table of Contents

David Howard
Introductionp. vii
Prefacep. ix
1 A Brief History of Pointe Dancingp. 1
2 The Foot and the Pointe Shoemaking Processp. 9
3 The Pointe Shoe Fitting Processp. 20
4 Size Chartsp. 34
5 Preparing and Caring for Pointe Shoesp. 41
6 Shoe Accessoriesp. 59
7 The Shoe Masterp. 65
8 Profiles of Pointe Shoemakers and Sellersp. 69
9 Pointe Shoe Characteristicsp. 104
10 Basics of Teaching Pointep. 136
11 Profiles of Pointe Training Methodsp. 158
12 Sample Pointe Classesp. 181
13 Pointe-Related Injuries and Their Remediesp. 216
14 Conversations on Pointep. 278
Bibliographyp. 292
Indexp. 297