Tag Archives: pointe

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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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...

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...

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...

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...