Professional Pointers - What's on the Feet of The Australian Ballet?

Published on 28/02/2014

The Australian Ballet | Professional Pointers

WHAT'S ON THE FEET OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET?

We support the feet of The Australian Ballet as their Official Pointe Shoe Partner. Bloch have a long standing history providing the company with customised dance shoes. We asked some members of the company to reveal what they're wearing on their feet and share how they keep on their toes

The Australian Ballet | Leanne StojmenovLEANNE STOJMENOV
Principal

Leanne wears:
Bloch Serenade Pointe Shoes

When I prepare my pointe shoe, I measure where my arch is and cut the shank of my shoe to follow my arch. It's a fine line as I need the shoe to give me support whilst also being malleable.

Instagram: @leestojmenov
The Australian Ballet | Dana Stephensen DANA STEPHENSEN
Soloist

Dana wears:
 Bloch Custom Aspiration Pointe Shoe

I like my shoes to really mould to my feet so depending on the shoe, I use a variety of cutting techniques and padding to make it feel like an extension of my leg.

Twitter: @ausballetdanas
The Australian Ballet | Brooke Lockett BROOKE LOCKETT
Coryphées

Brooke wears:
 Bloch Custom Sonata Pointe Shoe

I choose Bloch pointe shoes because they have designed the perfect streamline shoe that gives me confidence to be the artist I want to be. The pointe shoe is a ballerina's most precious tool.

Twitter: @brookelockett
Instagram: @brookelockett
The Australian Ballet | Jasmin DurhamJASMIN DURHAM
Corps de Ballet

Jasmin wears:
 Bloch Custom Heritage Pointe Shoe

Before every show I resin my heels into my pointe shoe and use it to secure the knot in my ribbon. This provides peace of mind that my shoes stay on and my ribbons don't come undone.

Instagram: @jasmindurham23
The Australian Ballet | Benedicte BemetBENEDICTE BEMET
Corps de Ballet

Benedicte wears:
 Bloch Custom Serenade Pointe Shoe

To break in my shoes, I take out the back nail and dampen the vamp with water so it moulds to my foot. I also number my shoes so I can keep track of them and know which ones are hard or soft.

Instagram: @benedicte_ausballet
The Australian Ballet | Ingrid GowINGRID GOW
Corps de Ballet

Ingrid wears:
 Bloch Heritage Pointe Shoe

I have tried and worn a few different styles of Bloch pointe shoes from 11 years old and still now my feet are always changing. It's important to be refitted every so often if your shoes begin to feel unusual or increasingly uncomfortable.

Instagram: @ingylg
The Australian Ballet | Ella HavelkaELLA HAVELKA
Corps de Ballet

Ella wears:
Bloch European Balance Pointe Shoe

I like to create my own toepads out of Chux and strapping tape. I often modify these as my feet continue to get stronger.

Instagram: @ellahavelka
The Australian Ballet | Andrew WrightANDREW WRIGHT
Soloist

Andrew wears:
Bloch Custom Mens Proform Canvas Ballet Flat

I maintain my intrinsic muscle foot strength by using a pair of '9D Sonata' Bloch pointe shoes on the Pilates reformer jump board.

Twitter: @andrewj_wright
Instagram: @andrewwright82
The Australian Ballet | Calvin HannafordCALVIN HANNAFORD
Coryphées

Calvin wears:
 Bloch Custom Mens Pro Arch Ballet Flat 

My tip for healthy feet is to always wear supportive footwear outside of the studio. It gives your feet a chance to rest and recover whilst being supported in the correct alignment.

Twitter: @ausballetcalvin
Instagram: @calvinh88
The Australian Ballet | Cristiano MartinoCRISTIANO MARTINO
Coryphées

Cristiano wears:
Bloch Mens Canvas Pump Ballet Flat

Outside the studio, I look after my feet by walking around in a comfy pair of sneakers and put my feet up as much as possible!
Portrait Photography James Braund
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  • Professional Pointers - What's on the Feet of The Australian Ballet?
  • Professional Pointers - What's on the Feet of The Australian Ballet?
  • Professional Pointers - What's on the Feet of The Australian Ballet?
  • Professional Pointers - What's on the Feet of The Australian Ballet?
  • Professional Pointers - What's on the Feet of The Australian Ballet?
  • Professional Pointers - What's on the Feet of The Australian Ballet?
  • Professional Pointers - What's on the Feet of The Australian Ballet?
  • Professional Pointers - What's on the Feet of The Australian Ballet?