Types of Ballet Shoes

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Different types of ballet shoes can be made from leather, canvas or satin, they can be slippers or pointe shoes, and they can have a full leather sole or a split sole. Discover the many different styles of shoes for dancing with helpful instruction from a ballet and pointe teacher in this free video on ballet dance wear.

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Video Transcript

Hi my name is Mikael Monson and I'm a ballet instructor here at Virtuosity Performing Arts Studio in Camas, Washington and here I have my student, Kiernan with me. I am here to explain the types of ballet shoes. As you look down you can see I am wearing canvas ballet shoes and I have the basic criss cross elastic on them. Kiernan over here is wearing leather ballet shoes and she also has the criss cross elastics on hers. Now we wear, these are the actual shoes we wear every day so these are fairly worn in. The good thing about each individual shoe, her leather shoes, leather stretches and molds to her feet so when she wears her shoes for a while it will kind of mold to her foot and see you can see the little worn end and also stretch near the toes and it becomes really comfortable and fitted. She has a split sole. You can see on the bottom of her foot. She has the leather up here, the leather down there and this is just the canvas in the middle. That helps her point a little easier and so that the leather doesn't get bunched up right here. I also have the split soul on my canvas shoes. Full sole shoes also are available in ballet shoes. Ballet shoes come in pink and white for boys and then also the color black. Those are the basic colors. Here we have a pointe shoe. The difference between ballet shoes and pointe shoes is pointe shoes you obviously dance on your pointe on your toes. They are harder and ballet shoes are softer. They are also, they take a while to break in and they always come in the full sole. I have rarely seen pointe shoes with split sole. This is what a full soled shoe looks like versus the split soled shoe and that is the different types of ballet shoes.


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