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There's a New Pointe Shoe Designed Specifically for Men

As ballet’s gender roles grow increasingly blurred, more men than ever are reaching new heights: the tips of their toes. It’s no longer just Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and the few pointe-clad male character parts, like in Cinderella or Alexei Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream. Some male dancers are starting to experiment with pointe […]

Noelani Pantastico's Dance Bag Has Many Pairs of Pointe Shoes, But No Slippers

This story originally appeared in the August/September 2016 issue of Pointe. You’d be hard pressed to find a pair of ballet slippers in Noelani Pantastico’s dance bag. Instead, you’ll find a pair of socks—and plenty of pointe shoes. The Pacific Northwest Ballet principal, who joined the company in 1997, ditched wearing slippers for class when […]

Managing Hyperextended Knees: How to Work Smart, Build Strength and Avoid Injury

Most dancers with hyperextended knees consider them a blessing—until something goes wrong. While hyperextension can create elegant lines, excessively mobile joints can be prone to injury. “They have to be handled with care,” says Adriana Wagenveld, a dancer with Grand Rapids Ballet. Over time she has learned how to use her hypermobility safely and effectively. […]