When your dancer is ready for her first pair of beautiful pointe shoes she will need to have her feet measured in multiple ways by a Certified Pointe Shoe Fitter. Pagan Mosher is a Certified Fitter for Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes, the best pointe shoe made today.
If you don’t already have a pointe shoe sizing or foot check appointment, please call us at 251-928-4347. If Mrs. Mosher is out, please leave a message and she will return your call.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as there will be lots of new information for you to assimilate. Below is the information you need to help you and your dancer understand the sizing and ordering process.
- Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes are initially expensive but if you visit the Gaynor Minden website and read about their pointe shoes you will learn that these shoes last much longer, are quieter, more comfortable and less stressful than any other shoe available today. If you wish to have Mrs. Mosher size, order, attach the ribbons and elastic and evaluate the dancers stance, please contact Mrs. Mosher for the current charges and to set up an appointment at 251-928-4347.
- For the busy parent we offer a special package that includes the Pointe Shoe Ribbons, the Elastic, the Snaps plus our service of attaching them, all for the low Price of $20.00. Of course, you may sew the ribbons on yourself if you prefer. Many dancers desire the large pads for cushioning and we will fit those, but they are not necessary with the Gaynor Minden shoe since the padding is built in.
- A fitting kit is the suggested source of padding for the toes and they are less expensive at $14.00; it is ultimately the dancer’s choice. Other Pads are $18.00 small / $19.00 large. Prices are subject to change.
- Occasionally, dancers with unique feet require additional aid. In class we will evaluate, advise and use trial samples to see what is most effective. If an item is required, we will send home a statement with your child. Don’t worry — these extras range in price from just $2.00 to $20.00. You may pay for the Pointe shoes & accessories by cash or check made payable to Pagan Mosher.
Enjoy one-stop shopping for other accessories that you may need such as Pro-Pads, Stretch Ribbons, Stitch Kits, Ouch Pouches, Jelly Toes, Big Tips and Space Packs, Sox Liners, Totally Toes Fitting Kit, Heal, Grippers and more. These can be purchased by cash or check through Mrs. Mosher.
When to Begin Pointe Work
Parents should know that I work very closely with your daughter and her feet. She will receive very individual and close attention from me, personally. I do this because most teachers in most studios just send their students out to buy pointe shoes with no guidance at all. This is what happened to me and it took unnecessary, frustrating years to figure it out. Many young dancers have given up dance for this very reason. Dancing en pointe can be the most fun, freeing, and empowering of all. I wish to share this with your daughter.
— Mrs. Pagan Mosher, Co-Director,
Creative Outlet Dance Center
Starting pointe work is not just a question of age or physical maturity; readiness depends on strength, technique, attitude, and commitment. The bones of the foot are not fully developed, strengthened, and hardened until some time in the late teens or early twenties. Of course, there is a great deal of individual variation. If a young dancer attempts Pointework without proper strength and technique, the significant forces created by the combination of body weight and momentum may damage those not fully-developed bones. Yet, if a dancer is truly ready, if the introduction to Pointework is gradual and always carefully and knowledgeably supervised, if the Pointe shoes are well chosen and properly fitted, there is minimal risk of injury even if the bones are not fully formed.
Most dancers are ready to begin pointework between the ages of ten and twelve. Occasionally, a supremely strong nine-year-old can safely go on pointe, but this is unusual.
–The Ballet Companion, by Eliza Gaynor Minden,
Simon and Schuster, 2005. Used with permission.
(Emphasis Mrs. Pagan Mosher)