I don't think I will ever learn pointe. I just don't have any interest in it and would rather spend the extra time working on skills needed for partnering or classical male variations. But I'd be frustrated if men who truly wanted to learn pointe were denied.
a ballet performance, I believe it was
in Chicago area of a school dance recital
where two boys ages about 12 years old.
Performed a ballet style routine
I heard they wore some type of gold metallic
unitard. And had gold makeup on their
skin and body.
Doing a ballet routine to the tune of
Steve Martin's "King Tut".
I don't have any more info on this.
out of seven classes a week. I think every male dancer should do pointe, it's incredible what it does for your feet, and you get to understand your partner so much better.
Maybe it's because I'm oh-so-gay, who knows? But this is dance! It's art! When I am on stage and dancing, I am pretty sure my audience is going to care more about my technique and my expression than what's under the tutu.
I mean what's the difference? If men can act and express themselves as women and have no qualms about doing that, no objection, and they have the capability...why is it an issue?
You know, back in the olden days, it was men who danced and women were frowned upon as dancers. Men used to act as women in serious ballets. Then, ballet was entertainment, it was dancers presenting a story for the audience. It wasn't boys and girls dancing as boys and girls and they are dancers. The term dancer was a collective term and the gender thing was not applied.
Anyway, I enjoy pointe. People enjoy watching me dance. What more could I ask? If the guy wants to, let him.
This is exactly the same as in the 1920s when women were starting to wear pants. That was scandalous! But see how as years progress the sexist walls we put up are falling down. It's only a matter of time for this to take off.
1) to strengthen my legs, core, ankles, feet, and butt. And guess what? IT WORKS.
2) to heighten my competence during pas de duex. Also worked very well.
I see no reason to perform en pointe, but to ahead if you want. Ballet Trockadero in Las Vegas does a whole show on that. It's great! Honestly, there's already a stereotype about guys in ballet and if you're that ignorant, well, I'm not going to change your mind about anything. Those "real men" who make fun of us really have no effect on me. I've gone through years of being called names too inappropriate to repeat on is thread but it's never affected me. It'll be different for everyone but I've found taking the hh road is better. Plus, pointe is fun!
Those "real men" who make fun of us really have no effect on me. I've gone through years of being called names too inappropriate to repeat on is thread but it's never affected me. It'll be different for everyone but I've found taking the hh road is better. Plus, pointe is fun!
Agreed. If only they knew the amount of hard work and strength that we possess...
I buy pointe shoes wherever I buy dance apparel! I have a 10 size street shoe that's quite wide also. My fitter said Gaynor Minden she are good for men because they come really wide and have a supportive yet supple shank that works for most men. Try on all pairs though!
I started ballet when I was 3 and when I was 10 I was put in a 11-13 class and I got so distracted by the girls en pointe I wished so badly I could do that! 1 year later, I was en pointe. Never looked back since.
I personally wear convertible tights, but I'm really short anyway so a lot of things fit me.
And how is wearing Gaynors? I had a pair of Gaynors, but I struggled with learning to dance in them - I'd like to re-try them because I'm getting sick of buying a new pair of pointe shoes every week. Did you struggle too for a while?
Hmmm, and I think the only time I ever proved the strength, agility and stamina was in a not too pleasant time in my life where I worked at a club.
1. Actually, women's feet run a bit wider (relative to length) than men's on average.
2. Last time I checked, Gaynors only had narrow widths.
3. If you want convertible tights, make them by slitting the bottom of the foot. This is the way everybody did it for a while, until dancewear makers started selling convertible tights.
The only thing that matters is the W and the #4. Also, I have experienced some confusion around the Gaynor minden color coding system for the shanks.
This is straight off their website, word for word.
5##= Hard. Very stiff, comparable to most traditional paste shoes when they are brand new. Green bag.
1## = Extraflex. Firm and medium-stiff, comparable to most traditional shoes when they are slightly worn. Yellow bag.
2## = Supple. Flexible and medium-pliable, comparable to most traditional shoes when they are broken in. Pink bag.
4## = Featherflex. Very flexible, comparable to most traditional shoes when they are wearing out. Turquoise bag.
7## = Pianissimo. Extremely pliable, comparable to most traditional shoes when they are almost "dead." Lavender bag.
My fitter told me that green was softer than yellow...I don't go there anymore.
I did struggle for a while, but that was with paste shoes! I love dancing in Gaynors and I switched because I was having the same problem with buying new shoes so often. Do you have archy feet Gavrilishka? I have such high arches and string feet that I would go through a pair of shoes in two classes, sometimes one if we were pushing it. Maybe the reason I didn't struggle was because I have such strong feet?
I tried making convertible tights but even after I burned the edges of the hole they frayed. What a disaster.
But yes, Gaynor Minden does sell shoes that are fairly wide.
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Some of the youger girls at my dance studio were talking about the Australian TV show "Dance Academy" and they mentioned that one of the male dancers on the show was told to take Pointe with the girls in one of the episodes.
I would like to know more about this particular episode in question.
Check out Allen bodywear. They make convertible tights for men in white and Black.
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