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Returning to Pointe

Good news, everyone!

Despite my complete lack of blogging (merp), I have actually been dancing. I've even performed in my home studio's winter and spring shows!

Back in January I did a pointe assessment with my dance PT and managed to pass. She's been having me do relevés in pointe shoes on a reformer (and later at a barre) as part of my PT for awhile now, but it was still surprising to get the official "OK."

That being said, I wasn't taking enough classes at the time (we're required to take three technique classes each week to do pointe), so I've been slowly adding to my class load, and only started doing pointe in class this month.

The ankle is not 100%--it still gets quite grumpy from time to time, but its definitely better. It's been a very (painfully) slow process for sure.

Anyway: the pointe shoe saga continues, more or less. When I started doing pointe as part of PT, I went and got a fitting, and was put into a Capezio Aria. This was not even remotely the right shoe for me, and I knew it, and I should have NOT purchased them but I'd made a long trip to that shop in particular and was in a rush (long story) so I decided to give it a whirl.

I had to cut the vamp down by hand because it was far too long for my itty bitty toes, and the square box was not ideal for my slightly tapered toes, so ultimately I got some nice big toe pain.

My vamp sewing skills leave something to be desired...

More recently I went elsewhere and got a new fitting, this time into a Suffolk Stellar. I like this shoe, but am now thinking the 5 I'm currently in is just a hair too short (I think I'd technically be between a 5 and 5.5). I think I'd also prefer the Stellar Light, because my right ankle (of doom) is still not quite as flexible as the left.

The Stellars. You can tell how lopsided I am here--my lower legs are very different!



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