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Freed pointe shoes are still made by hand in the East End of London: http://nicelymadeinbritain.com/2013/01/27/freed-of-london-handmade-ballet-shoes-pointe-shoes-dance-shoes/

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Barre work is the most important part of ballet class. The barre is where you learn to stand, move, and think like a dancer. Without the support of the barre, a student’s alignment, technique, and confidence are tested. You can build a solid foundation...

Grishko DreamPointe Distinguishing Features: The shank is connected to the platform, helping lift dancers on to pointe and feel their roll-through better Higher wings provide unparalleled metatarsal support Insole made from all natural, orthopedic, thermoplastic material makes these shoes incredibly durable Soft velvet memory-foam lining and platform provide the ultimate in comfort Soft pad in the heel of the pointe shoe grips the dancer's foot securely Wider sole in the toe area increases…