As I mentioned in my recent post ‘To the Pointe‘ one of my priorities before the start of the new academic year was to try different pointe shoes to see what might better suit me personally. It is vital to have a shoe which will enhance my dancing and prevent injuries as I advance through my training. For some time now I have been drawn to the Russian dancewear brand Grishko because of the quality of their pointe shoes and the wide range of models available, so you can imagine how happy I was when the UK Distributor invited me to be fitted by a specialist.
Exactly one week before my first day at Upper School I found myself on the train to Brighton to meet Linda. The fitting took place in her cosy front room in the company of her two beautiful cats.
To begin with I was asked to put on my current pointe shoes and from there Linda was able to recognise what needed to be corrected. She selected three models out of her stock of pointe shoes and explained the differences between them. She then carefully analysed the various fits as we discussed what felt and looked best on my feet. Her extensive knowledge about the science and art of pointe work, combined with her determination to find the ideal shoe for me, resulted in clear objectives.
We narrowed the choice to two pairs that I can’t wait to try out when I get back into class. I am really pleased with what we agreed on and having played around with them on our kitchen tile floor, already notice many improvements in the appearance of my feet on pointe.
This was a valuable experience and a successful day trip to Brighton. Thank you to both Linda and Amanda for their kindness and availability.
I strongly encourage other young dancers to have a specialist fitting with Grishko. They are willing to help anyone in need of pointe shoes from beginner to professional. Please visit Linda’s website or contact the Distributor by visiting Grishko UK’s Facebook page.