One of my favorite events to attend each year is the annual Fantasy of the Opera gala, a fundraiser that supports the Lyric Opera of Chicago.Read More
Russian Pointe® continued its string of trade shows this month, attending the Atlantic Dance Retail Show at the Oak Brook Marriott in Oak Brook, IL, on Feb. 9 and 10.Read More
When you call Dancer’s Choice in Aliso Viejo, CA, owner Grace Lee will know you by the sound of your voice. “When they call, I recognize their voice, I know their name and I know their pointe shoe size,” says Lee. “They just thank me and they don’t go anywhere else.”Read More
Tucked in the middle of the main thoroughfare in Greenwich, CT, is a charming, 2,000-foot space called Beam & Barre, an independently-owned dancewear store that has been a staple of the community since the late 1970s.Read More
As any pointe shoe fitter knows, the challenge of finding the perfect fit for every foot is part of the fun. That was definitely the case at the recent Russian Pointe trunk show, held on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Artful Dancewear in Dallas.Read More
Every year, Russian Pointe® makes an effort to attend the Atlantic Dance Retail Show in Dallas for a chance to catch up with our loyal dancewear retailers and meet new store owners and make new friends.Read More
When Russian Pointe® held a trunk show at The Dance Store in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 11, so many dancers signed up for pointe shoe fittings that every time slot was full.Read More
Russian Pointe® headed to the sunny West Coast recently to attend the Atlantic Dance Retail Show, which took place at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles Jan. 12-13.Read More
On Monday, Jan. 13, Aleksandra Efimova and Prince Piotr Galitzine, chairs of the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, as well as committee member Laura Yergesheva, were invited by the Russian Ambassador to the United States to celebrate “Old New Year” at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.Read More
In honor of all the Russian and American holidays, The Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, chaired by Aleksandra Efimova and Prince Piotr Galitzine, hosted its First Annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, Jan. 8.Read More
Olivia Behrmann, Age 15
My dance story began when I was 7 years old. After trying soccer, cheerleading, and gymnastics, my mom enrolled me in a ballet/tap/jazz combination class, and from then on, I was hooked! My first ballet costume was a lavender and cream dress, and I wore it in my first performance -- my studio's end of year recital.
After my first year of ballet and jazz, I went on to do competition dance for 4 years until the age of 12, when I quit competition dance to pursue classical ballet. When I was young, I loved learning new steps and wearing pretty costumes. As I have gotten older, I find that I love the challenge of not only learning new steps, but trying to perfect them. I love that in ballet, there are always things to work on and improve, and that I can push myself to be better than I was yesterday and the day before.
Now I am 15 years old, and my dream is to become a professional ballerina. I currently do my school online because I spend 30+ hours a week at the studio, and I have spent the last 2 summers training in New York City (in 2012 at Valentina Kozlova's Dance Conservatory of New York and in 2013 at The School of American Ballet). I have won numerous scholarships (for both cash and programs), and in 2012, I won 3rd place in the Junior Classical division of the YAGP Indianapolis regional and went on to compete in the YAGP New York City finals -- all in my Russian Pointe Sapfirs!
For Diane Abrams, owner of Brandywine Dance Shoppe in Wilmington, DE, dance has always been the love of her life.Read More
Ginger and Noel Amend, a husband and wife team who own Assemblé Dancewear in Colorado Springs and Castle Rock, CO, have been in the dance retail world for more than 30 years, so together they’ve seen just about every type of foot and every type of dance shoe that’s ever been made.Read More
Lori Cain spent more than 20 years as a professional dancer and dance teacher before she opened Lori’s Dancewear in 2009. And even though she’s no longer teaching, she is still dedicated to inspiring young girls about dance.Read More
Emma Kapper, 14
Like any young girl, of course I wanted to grow up to be a ballerina. I was put in ballet classes at my local dance studio when I was 5 years old. My first teacher, Miss Jennifer, was a sweet, kind woman and she introduced me to my love for dance. I was later able to perform in my first annual recital Winter Wonderland in 2006. My combo class performed a Thanksgiving-themed number where we were dressed as turkeys. It definitely wasn’t my favorite number, but I now look back at the old recital tapes and laugh over how adorable the dance really was. I felt like a star on stage in the tacky orange and yellow costume, gold hat, and feather tap shoe ties. I felt like a true dancer and it made dancing a part of my life as it still is today. Unfortunately, Miss Jennifer died recently of cancer, but I’m still dancing with her in my prayers.
When Maria Thorpe was researching which brand of pointe shoes she should carry in her new dancewear store, Neverland Emporium in Kaysville, UT, she didn’t have tough decision.Read More
Patrice Heston, who has owned Dancewear Center in Kirkland, WA, for 22 years, provides something the online discount retailers can’t: personal evaluations and in-depth safety tips.Read More
At Russian Pointe®, we are thrilled whenever our retailers expand their businesses and take steps towards the future. That’s why we were excited to celebrate the success of On Your Toes Dancewear in Peabody, MA, which recently moved to a new, larger store.Read More
Connor Hamilton, age 11 Salt Creek Ballet
My dance story began when I was two years old. My dad, who inspires me to work hard, had been a ballet dancer so he signed me up for my first class when I was two years old.
My favorite thing about dancing when I was little was entertaining everyone with dances I made up on the spot. I still like to choreograph my own dances but I really enjoy learning more challenging choreography from some of the amazing teachers I’ve had.
I remember my first tutu I had to wear in class when I was two – I didn’t like it at all! After much crying and complaining, my teacher finally let me wear a skirt instead of that scratchy tutu and after that I loved my classes.
My first performance was in my school’s recital and I got to dance with my dad. I am eleven years old now and I train six days a week and I love every minute.
This year, I won first place at Youth America Grande Prix in Indianapolis and I wore a beautiful tutu. I’m going to YAGP again next year and can’t wait to get my new tutu and of course, a new pair of Russian Pointe Entradas.
On Oct. 26, Russian Pointe® hosted a trunk show at Boulder Body Wear in Boulder, CO.Read More