Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes: The Art Of Ballet

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Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes

The art of ballet would be unequaled without splendid pointe shoes. Pointe shoes are the most distinguished element of a ballerina’s appearance. In the 18th Century, the ballet world decided that ballerinas should look graceful and light as if they could fly. A famous prima ballerina, Marie Taglioni, created the first known pair of pointe shoes. She built a small box, filled with cushions, which she attached to her ballet shoes so she could rise to the tip of her toes. She made her first appearance wearing these newly created pointe shoes in the well-known ballet "La Sylphide". Many other ballerinas for over two centuries used very similar pointe shoes. Pointe shoes are traditionally handmade with silk, cardboard
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The brand offers five different shoes that have different stiffness to accommodate any dancer. The shanks include: hard, extra flex, supple, feather and pianissimo. When dancing on pointe, a dancer’s goal is to give illusion of lightness, as if flying. Regular shoes are very stiff, hard and noisy. Therefore it is hard to give this illusion, and that is the reason why dancers spend hours banging their shoes on doors in order to soften them. Gaynor Minden created pointe shoes with cushioning underneath the toes which ables them to be as quiet as possible. Gelsey Kirkland, one of the most iconic ballerinas of her time and founder of the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet stated “To me, the most beautiful characteristic of the shoe is that it allows the artist to whisper.” This quotes implies that because Gaynor mindens are so soft, the dancer can finally dance expressively without the worry of abrupt …show more content…
Ascending artists, artists and even world renowned schools, teachers and companies admire and support these highly developed pointe shoes. Today’s acclaimed ballet dancers from companies all over the world benefit from them. Evgenia Obraztsova, principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia, Gillian Murphy, principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in New York City, Alina Somova principle dancer with the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet in Russia and Zenaida Yanowsky, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London are well-kown ballerinas that enjoy dancing with them. Many teachers and directors from world class schools and companies also highly recommend Gaynor Minden pointe shoes. A few directors include: Gelsey Kirkland, artistic director of The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Maria Leonova, director of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Yuri Fateev, ballet director at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and many more. As a result, this shows that Gaynor Mindens are accepted worldwide and are one of the leading pointe shoe brands in the ballet

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