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The Devil and the Dancer: An Elorcan Fic

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(A/N: So this is my new Elorcan fic! Big thanks to Az for the title help. I’m planning on it being multi-chapter, but I won’t write more of this if people aren’t seeming to like it, so feedback is much appreciated! Enjoy! )

Elide remembered every detail of the fall. She was in the final dress rehearsal of La Bayadere at Indiana University, starring in the role of Nikiya—something no other sophomore had ever achieved. Her Pointe shoes were brand new, just broken in enough. Her fouetté turns were seemingly flawless, a huge accomplishment for her. She’d always been afraid of them. That was when she went down. She still didn’t know what it was, how her foot bent in just the wrong way, but her ankle just snapped. She remembered blinking up at the ceiling, seeing the metal railings, lighting fixtures and the catwalk that were all rest up, up, up. She’d wondered where the chairs had gone. The small audience, mostly critics, the director, the choreographer. They were all just gone, replaced by the endless space above her.

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balletpassionate-blog  asked:

hi there! i read your response about a bigginer at pointe and all you said was very helpful. for 5 years, i have been wearing blochs. at first i wore aspiration, then sonata and now serene. i find them a little bit soft, so i was thinking to change to grishkos. do you know any brand that would be good for me, according to my previous pointe shoes? i have strong high arches and caluses at the sides of my feet, that make me need "bigger" pointes. thanks for your patience :) and finally, great blog

Thank you. :) I try my best to help - teacher’s instinct. ;)

Anyway, I believe you mean ‘Serenade’. I have worn Serenade before, but I wore the 'strong’ Serenade. There are two different types of Serenade - the ordinary hard shank, and the stronger, harder shank one. This option is also available for Suprima and Sonata. 
For sticking with Blochs for so long, I congratulate you! Not many people do and they really are a wonderful shoe. I usually have one as a training pair or strengthening pair for pointe practice at home or quiet times in the studio.
If you really like Bloch, I suggest you could try the BPS (Bloch Professional Shoe). The only place online I have seen it being sold at is www.tutu.com - I used to get mine on special order when I was in a pre-professional and they are lovely, but hard shoes that do last.

According to your previous pointe shoes, you can try any brand, there is no boundary. However, I think you mean model. You see, every pointe shoe brand has a wide selection of models that cater for as many foot type as possible. Despite saying so, I would have to tell you to steer away from soft-box shoes like Chacott, Capezio, Sansha and Gamba. For someone with strong arches, these shoes will break in too quickly and die too soon. 

For models that you can try:

1. Grishko - Triumph (medium vamp), Fouette (medium vamp), Elite (low vamp) and Proflex (medium vamp): these shoes are great for wider feet or even length toes. Triumph and Fouetee come in Grishko’s super hard shanks which are near invincible, but still able to be danced in. 

2. Freed - Studio II or Classics - both are ¾ shanked which are great for strong, archy feet. Classics however have a high vamp which is not ideal for short or even length toes since it will stop you from even getting onto the box! Studios are really good and strong shoes - if you really want to you can try the harder and more durable Studio II Professionals or Classics Plus/Professionals. However, shoes labeled as professional should only be used with a strong and thoroughly developed technique like Advanced students or professionals.

3. Karl-Heinz Martin - really strong, sturdy shoes which are fully customizable! Model Karla would be good for you. But these shoes are really hard to find! And they have over 12 different shank strengths. I think it was something like 18, but I’m not sure. They are really, really strong and last for a long time!

4. Russian Pointe/R-Class - Lumina, Dolce and Muse (all medium vamp). Muse has an extra wide platform, great for stuffing in extra padding if need be. Lumina and Muse come in 6 different shank strengths while Dolce comes in 11 different shank strengths with the strongest being Super-Hardflex. 

Also, if it’s difficult to find or too expensive to purchase these shoes now or in the future, you can re-work the shoes you have or what you have access too. Invest in artist’s shellac - they would appear like brown shavings in a bag (you don’t need a great deal of it - just 1 kilo/2 pounds would be enough). Follow the instructions on how to make it and then paint the shellac inside the shoe, especially the box of the shoe if the box is too soft. It’s better to do this before you break in the shoes, but it doesn’t really matter. 
Another thing is to try jet glue, but jet glue can get awfully expensive. 

Also, be conscious of the shoes you are buying. With strong, high arches ¾ or even ½ shanks work best because of the even distribution of pressure put on the shank which would then prevent breaking or working away the shank in under 15 hours of pointe work. You can even custom do this yourself with a utility knife. Just go en pointe, press the shoe into your arch and mark where the height of the arch is (imagine your arch as a mountain - mark the peak) then cut the shank just above where that mark is. Test it and cut it down further if it’s not enough. Sometimes ¾ or ½ shanks are just not right for your foot which is why this is great! :D

In all, good luck and have fun pointe shoe trying. :)