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The Pointe Book

Shoes, Training, Technique

By Janice Barringer, Sarah Schlesinger

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages, 3rd Third Edition, Edition
Published In: United States, 01 November 2012
The only book of its kind, rewritten throughout, takes the mystery out of a confusing field. Dancers and students quickly benefit from the most current research - offering the latest information on hundreds of shoe designs, products and suppliers. The fundamentals of buying, preparing, and wearing pointe shoes are presented, including a detailed list of the many possible characteristics of each shoe. In discussing pointe shoe readiness, we present an array of contemporary views about when students should go on pointe - then, the way major ballet schools integrate pointe work into their classes, with in-depth opinions from David Howard, Suki Schorer and Steven Wistrich, among others. We take an intensive look at pointe-related injuries to the foot and ankle, their remedies, therapies, and exercises and medical and therapy providers. An understanding of the relationship between a ballerina and her shoes is gained by listening to the greatest dancers - like Paloma Herrera, Jenifer Ringer, Gillian Murphy and Evelyn Cisneros - talk about how they found the perfect fit and the joy of dancing on pointe.

About the Author

Janice Barringer danced professionally for more than twenty-five years, and now teaches, choreographs, writes and creates classroom CDs and instructional DVDs. She has written articles for Dancer, Po/nte, Dance, Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines. She has served on the faculty of the American Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, Hark-ness House, and Steps on Broadway, and is now a professor of dance at Pace University in New York City. Sarah Schlesinger has extensive experience fitting pointe shoes and solving pointe shoe-related problems as former owner of Capezio Dance Theater Shops in Maryland and Delaware. She is now Chairperson of the graduate musical theater writing program in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Reviews

"""This book is especially recommended for ballet students, but will also appeal to those who are interested in the art form and fascinated by the seeming ease that the ballerina brings to working on pointe." "--Choice Magazine" "A must read for those who teach pointe work." "--Dance Teacher Now" "[This book] addresses nearly every question that you could think to ask about pointe shoes." " --Dance Magazine" "Detailing the shoemaking process, the comprehensive guide profiles major shoe manufacturers and the fundamentals of fitting, purchasing, and preparing pointe shoes. Interviews with leading dancers. choreographers, shoe fitterts, and medical professionals help demystify the mechanics of pointe dancing. This unusual resource is a fascinating yet essential tool for professional dancers, students, teachers, and ballerinas." "--Booklist" "An exceptionally worthwhile text for those caring for the health of professional dancers and for any dance student on pointe. Useful for parents, teachers, as well as dance enthusiasts." --Gigi Beradi, Western Washington State College, "The Journal of Dance Medicine and Science" "This remains the only book of its kind to focus exclusively on pointe shoes and techniques. A 'must' for any serious ballet teacher." "Library Bookwatch"" Detailing the shoemaking process, the comprehensive guide profiles major shoe manufacturers and the fundamentals of fitting, purchasing, and preparing pointe shoes. Interviews with leading dancers. choreographers, shoe fitterts, and medical professionals help demystify the mechanics of pointe dancing. This unusual resource is a fascinating yet essential tool for professional dancers, students, teachers, and ballerinas. "Booklist"" [This book] addresses nearly every question that you could think to ask about pointe shoes. "Dance Magazine"" A must read for those who teach pointe work. "Dance Teacher Now"" " "This book is especially recommended for ballet students, but will also appeal to those who are interested in the art form and fascinated by the seeming ease that the ballerina brings to working on pointe. "Choice Magazine"" An exceptionally worthwhile text for those caring for the health of professional dancers and for any dance student on pointe. Useful for parents, teachers, as well as dance enthusiasts. Gigi Beradi, Western Washington State College, "The Journal of Dance Medicine and Science""

EAN: 9780871273550
ISBN: 0871273551
Publisher: Princeton Book Company
Dimensions: 23.11 x 14.99 x 2.29 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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