Tag Archives: Ballet

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One of the many tutus available for young dancers - Sansha Shirlaine

How old – or young – do you have to be to start ballet lessons?

How old must my daughter be when I send her to her first ballet / jazz / other dance class? I am 15 years old, am I too old to being dance classes? How young were you when you started ballet?  I was 3 years old – I could dance as soon as I could toddle.  And there began a lifelong – if rocky – relationship with the art form.  That was ballet.  Many ballet classes are available at the age Read More...

But wait … toe caps?

I never really used toe caps when I first started pointe work. Foam toe pads for pointe shoes   There is a fine difference between the different types of toe pads – foam, silicone, neoprene seem to be the most common ones. And then there is the old-fashioned animal wool. A pair of toe pads in silicone   Our silicone toe pads, by Sansha, are probably your best choice because, protecting your toes doesn’t come at the expense of your shoe size! Here’s why. Foam Toe Read More...
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Sansha Camisole leotard with thin straps, two-tone
Sansha Jazz Pants - Chicago - in cotton lycra, ideal for all forms of dance  and hanging out. Perfectly suited for jazz classes and warm-ups.

Welcome to the Academic Dance Year – 2022-2023

Summer is over and we are all preparing for the new term.  So what’s up with us? The Ballet Shop has been busy reorganising some of its stocks and setting up some discounts that might be of interest before the hols end – for that, look at our Bargains Corner.  We keep this section alive and make changes from time to time, adding new dance wear or shoes that have reached end of line or that we’d like to offer Read More...
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When is World Ballet Day?

We are always in a flurry of activity and sometimes we are suddenty faced with a post of sorts – World Ballet Day, International World Ballet Day ….  but many of you will ask, “When is World Ballet Day?”  How do you know to celebrate it if you were not aware? We’ve looked around and it seems that in 2022, it will be held in October. “World Ballet Day is celebrated every year in October. Ballet, which can be traced back Read More...

I’ve Never Had Pointe Shoes Before!

We often get this comment when people are starting out with their pointe shoes. Incidentally, they are not ‘point-ey’ shoes: ‘pointe’ is a French word meaning tip, because you stand on the tip of your toes (‘en pointe’) so you do not pronounce the last ‘e’. It’s pronounced like the English word, ‘point’, In any case, these are very special shoes made of layers of glue and satin. A few layers of these are placed on to a mould, and then Read More...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, 2022 !

We wish our esteemed clientele, family and friends a very happy Christmas, and we also hope that 2022 will be an even better year. 2021 started under a rather dark cloud – we did not know when, and how, we would reopen our stores to you and while you have continued to be our loyal customers, we must admit that we have struggled. We want to thank you for your continued loyalty and for the support you gave us.  Further, we Read More...

Back to school – autumn is here!

Schools in the performance / arts communities are reopening in Malta and this is such a relief. Although children have to wear masks, which can be a bit difficult when the activity involves strenuous exercise, it is always better than not being able to continue with tuition at all. At The Ballet Shop, we have stocked up for all forms of dancewear for different forms of dance, but remember that if you have a uniform requirement for a particular school, Read More...

Bouncing Back – Life after COVID-19

I have not written here in a while, the confines of trying to keep busy during the last one and a half years while locked inside having driven me crazy. My COVID journey was long. Less than one week into the dreaded limited human contact (not a full lockdown but schools and offices and everything else, were closed on 17 March 2020), I fell of my bicycle and went into 6 weeks of using a steel brace and crutches as Read More...

The Ballet Shop turns 21!

I recall, many years ago, it was approaching the end of term that I was discussing the cost of pointe shoes then and my then-partner said: “Why don’t you try importing your own?” This was before ebay, or any other form of market place, and internet sales (websites) had not even been thought of. So I started looking around, and sending enquiries, until I got a response from Sansha. My ballet teacher at the time, Nina Winter (Zammit) suggested that Sansha Read More...

COVID and the Arts

A year has passed since COVID has hit the island here in Malta. We followed suit after a number of countries did. The arts were among the biggest sectors to suffer – dance not being the least.  We’ve not only had theatres close, but dance and other performing arts schools were closed, alongside ‘contact sports’. Recent articles have attempted to justify the lack of business sense, giving little recognition to the artists’ needs to express themselves. So far, we have only Read More...