How to Pick the Right Ballet Shoes

Learn how to pick the right ballet shoes from ballerina Maegan Woodin in this Howcast dance video.

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My name is Maegan Woodin, and I'm a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and student. I have danced for MTV, Diana Ross, Marc Jacobs and have appeared in many music videos. You can find more information about me and my career, as well as photos and videos, at www.dgtnyc.com. I'm going to be talking to you about ballet. When finding the right ballet shoe, you should go into a dance store and try out many different sort of ballet shoes. It really depends on what feels best for your foot but, there's also things that we should consider when looking at the show at a whole. So, this is a canvas shoe. Ballet shoes also come in leather, which are mainly used when you're training and when you're younger. The bottom of the shoe, as you can see, is a split sole. Sometimes dancers have a full sole, which is also used for training and also used mostly paired with leather shoes. When finding the right point shoe, you want to make sure that the box of the point shoe is not too saggy and the back of it is not too saggy, as well. When you try shoes on in the store, they're going to be a little snug but once you wear them a few times in the studio and your feet are molding into the shoe, they will expand and fit your foot perfectly. So, don't be afraid to get something too small but it doesn't want to be painful in the store. Also, the inside of your shoe, you should make sure there's no sagging on the inside of your arch. That's very important, as well as when you point your foot, there should be no sagging on either side. They should be very closely fit to your foot and molded perfectly once they're broken in, which happens when you wear them in class.

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