• Sewing Elastic onto Ballet Flats

    Elastics are purposely left off the shoe when purchased so the dancer can sew them on in the exactly the right place. Step 1 Fold down the heel of your ballet shoe flat against the lining and use a pencil to mark where the folded upper meets the binding on both sides of the shoe. Step 2 Stitch one side of elastic onto the...
  • Maintenance of Pointe Shoes

    Bloch pointe shoes have been made with skill and craftsmanship. As pointe shoes are a dancer’s tool, careful maintenance and preparation will extend their life expectancy. Bloch pointe shoes are made in the traditional method, using natural fibres and pastes so the foot absorbs less strain through the intentional breaking down of the shoe, helping to prevent injury and minimize discomfort. Before wearing pointe...
  • Sewing Ribbon onto Pointe Shoes

    Ribbon bundles are sold in one long 2¼ metre length so the ribbon needs to be cut in half and then in half again so there are four pieces, one for each side of the shoe.  Take one piece of ribbon and at one end fold one centimetre over once and then fold it over two centimetres again. To attach the ribbons at the...
  • How to Make a Perfect Bun

    Not sure how to make a bun? Follow these step by step instructions to help you make a secure bun. Before you start, you will find it helpful to read all the instructions first, including the instructions on how to insert hairpins. A ballet bun generally sits in the centre of the back of the head and is not visible from the front. YOU WILL...
  • Fitting your First Pair of Pointe Shoes

    This is possibly the most exciting day in a young dancers life, so to make this experience run smoothly and achieve a successful outcome we have some suggestions when preparing for the fitting of your first pair of pointe shoes. Discuss with your ballet teacher as to whether you are ready to go onto pointe, some teachers will advise the student to undertake a...
  • Parent Guide: Getting Dance Ready

    It’s that time of year again. School is about to start and for dance parents, that means dance classes are too. Not only do parents have to start buying school books, pencils and rulers, but they also have to think about dancewear and dance shoes. For many new dance parents, this can produce a feeling of panic – what do I need to get?...
  • Dancesport Shoes - What Heel Type Are You?

    Our dancesport shoes are designed with flexible soles providing a greater ability to pointe and flex during your routine. Suede outsoles are perfect for spins, slides and turns on many floor types. A luxurious padded insole offers extra cushioning for extended Latin and ballroom dance sessions. We use various strap types in our ballroom dance shoes range, t-bar or cross-over ankle straps to keep...
  • Pointe Shoe Pastes

    Paste is a specially formulated glue-like substance, which is used in both the process of hardening the toe Block/Box and attaching the Insole to the inside of the pointe shoe. Bloch uses three different Paste formulas to give you a variety of options when it comes to choosing the pointe shoe best suited to your foot. PASTE A The standard paste is Paste A,...
  • When Are You Ready to Go en Pointe?

    This is one of the most important questions of a young dancer’s training. There are many factors to consider and it is a decision not to be taken lightly. Emma Sandell explores the ways to know when you are ready for this huge milestone in your dance journey. First of all, going en pointe is all about readiness and that includes your physical development, your...
  • What to Expect at Your First Dance Shoe Fitting with Bloch

    Is your child starting dancing this year and you are curious to know what to expect at their first dance shoe fitting? Dance writer, Emma Sandall found out the ins and outs from Bloch Fitting Expert and Area Manager for Bloch NSW stores, Karen Mathews. She goes through why a dance shoe fits and feels differently to a street shoe and why it is...
  • Strength & Conditioning Exercises for Pointe Work

    You've been assessed for being ready for pointe work and been fitted for and received your very first pair of pointe shoes - how exciting! However, the last thing you want to end up with is an injury so before you rush into testing them out, a word of warning: take it slowly and carefully and definitely under teaching supervision. There are a range...
  • Pointe Shoe Guide

    Since our founder Jacob Bloch made his first Pointe shoe in 1932, Bloch has been the innovation leader for these shoes, which epitomise the art of ballet. You will find our Pointe shoes on the feet of leading professionals in dance companies around the world, as well as thousands of training ballet students. Recent Bloch Pointe shoe innovations include the Eurostretch, our first split...
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