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"Sickled Feet" In Ballet: What Does It Mean When A Ballerina Sickles?

This article is about sickled feet in ballet. What does "sickling" mean? What is the difference between sickling, pointing and pronating? Read also what to do to avoid sickled feet and how pointe shoes can help you achive your goal. The optimum target of ballet is to keep straight, beautiful lines! This means that the dancer has to constantly stretch every single part of his/her body. Concerning the lines of the feet, you may have heard that you have to continuously pointe, turn out and pronate your feet. Although graspable enough in theory, when practising it is really difficult and many mistakes may happen... One of them is to sickle your feet!

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"Compressible Feet". A Full Guide on How to Handle It

What does "compressible feet" mean? How someone can find if his/her feet are compressible? As the feet of the dancers are their basic "tool", they should be aware of all of their possible issues, not only for making their dance life easier, but for choosing the right pointe shoes as well. As the feet of the dancers are their basic "tool", they should be fully aware of all of their possible issues, not only for making their dance life easier, but for choosing the right pointe shoes as well. "Compressible feet" is an important one and it really gets involved and plays a significant role in the fitting procedure.

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"Knuckling". How Can A Dancer Handle It?

What is "knuckling"? How does it vary from one dancer to another? How can dancers deal with it? All these questions are discussed in this article. Except for trying to give the best definition of the issue, we also examine possible solutions, concerning strengthening exercises and best pointe shoe options. It is very difficult to describe what exactly "knuckling" is, as it seems to be, rather than an "orthopedic issue" which has a clear definition, an individual situation when practising ballet.

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Going Over The Pointe? All About Hyperextension!

Going Over The Pointe? All About Hyperextension!

Hyperextension, or banana feet, is one of the most difficult issues not only when en pointe, but when it gets involved in the fitting procedure as well. What exactly hyperextension means ? Generally, hyperextension will be developed in both knees and feet and means that one will go over the pointe and breaks the straight ballet line.

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Ballet Barres: An Essential Guide for Professional and Amateur Ballet Dancers

Ballet Barres: An Essential Guide for Professional and Amateur Ballet Dancers

Portable ballet barres, floor and wall mounted supports for ballet barres. In this article we examine all the parameters a professional or an amateur ballet dancer, ballet dance teachers or even gym trainers have to take into account in order to buy ballet barres for their dance school, gym or for personal use. Are you a ballet teacher who wants to create or renovate your studio? Or are you a passionate ballet dancer who can't stop training? Well, at bestpointe.com we have the solution for you both! Dancing is our passion and we will outnumber everything you need to know about the most essential equipment in ballet - the ballet barres, in a simple step-by-step guide:

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Long Toes: Finding Your Perfect Pointe AND Street Shoes

Long Toes: Finding Your Perfect Pointe AND Street Shoes

A guideline for finding your perfect pointe shoes in the case of very long toes. We refer to the basic characteristics of long toes and the difference between them and the long feet. The most suitable pointe shoe models for long toes are under discussion, while two different fitting cases are being analyzed. You may wonder why in our blog there is an article for long feet and another one for long toes. This is because they are two completely different issues! When referring to long toes, we mean that the toes length is that long, that there is no balance between them and the rest of the foot. That is to say, the foot might not be that long, but the toes are so!

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Bunions? Questions, Answers, Solutions

Bunions? Questions, Answers, Solutions

A bunion - a bony - is an often painful hump at the base of the big toe. Bunions form at a joint. That’s where the toe bends normally when you walk or dance on demi-pointe. But when you have a bunion, all of your body weight rests on it each time you take a step. Having a bunion means your big toe may lean slightly toward your other toes. Over time, the base of the big toe pushes outward against the first metatarsal bone, which is directly behind it. This usually happens to people with greek shape of foot (the second toe is longer than the first) and it can hurt even when they walk and much more when they put on your pointe shoes.

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Greek Type of Foot: Ideas for Not Letting Your Longer Second Toe Hurting You Anymore

Greek Type of Foot: Ideas for Not Letting Your Longer Second Toe Hurting You Anymore

The longer second toe of your foot categorize you to the greek type. This type of foot usually goes with many issues, like compressible feet, having bunions, knuckles and space between the toes. The characteristic of the greek type of foot, the longer second toe, is the central subject here. In this article we describe the situation of having a longer second toe and its issues. We also examine the most suitable pointe shoe models and the best DIY solutions concerning the padding we can use in our pointe (and even street) shoes.

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Cannot Go Onto Full Pointe? Basic Pointe Shoe Anatomy Problems and Possible Solutions

Cannot Go Onto Full Pointe? Basic Pointe Shoe Anatomy Problems and Possible Solutions

" Why can't I go onto full pointe? ", is a very frequent question dance teachers and fitters used to hear. Dancers usually concentrate a lot in the "weak" parts of their body - and in most of the cases, this is the correct way of thinking. But sometimes it's also beneficial to check if it's the matter of their equipment - say, their pointe shoes. So, partially, the answer to why someone cannot go onto full pointe lies in the everyday practise of the dancer. It's commonly known that being a dancer demands many hours of hard practise everyday, for gaining both strength and also flexibility - these factors determine a lot their progress and success, as they can interfere and improve their "weak" parts - if someone can say that dancers' bodies are weak! Do you may remember the last year's challenge we 've made in cooperation with fabulous dance teacher, Sarah Arnold? If not, here you can find out the video with all the basic exercises that will help you improve.

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Men En Pointe: The Male Feet and Siberian Swan's Rudolf Pointe Shoes

Men En Pointe: The Male Feet and Siberian Swan's Rudolf Pointe Shoes

The purpose of this article is to inform about the latest news on the first male pointe shoes, called Rudolf by Siberian Swan, and also to describe the basic men's feet anatomy. Words by Sergey Bobrov, former soloist with the Bolshoi theatre, artistic director of Krasnoyarsk state opera and ballet theatre, founder of the State Ballet of Siberia company and the Siberian Swan pointe shoe brand, explains perfectly the whole situation.

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