What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- $299 for admission to summer dance camp for one ($600 value)
- $564 for admission to summer dance camp for two ($1,200 value)
- Camp is held Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. from July 11 to performance day on August 7, 2016.
Ballet Slippers: Training for the Toes
Ballerinas exude grace from the toe up, thanks to their special footwear. Before you point your toes, check out Groupon’s overview to make sure the shoe fits the dance.
Most ballerinas dream of gliding effortlessly across a stage on the very tips of their toes, but they all step into their first ballet class with their feet flat on the ground. Before a dancer can rise up on her first pair of toe shoes (which generally happens around age 12 after years of classes and levitation spells) she must train in simple ballet slippers. The thin, flexible footwear allows dancers to memorize the feeling of their feet on the floor as they learn to form the correct movements and build up muscle strength. The slippers’ suede soles give dancers more traction than socks, but allow much more glide than bare feet.
There are two main factors to consider when shopping for ballet slippers: material and sole type. Delicate satin slippers may look lovely, but they’re usually reserved for special performances, since satin is neither stretchy nor durable enough for everyday use. Some dancers start with slippers made of canvas, as these shoes are durable, comfortable, and affordable, though many prefer the rigidity of leather—thought to increase foot strength—despite its higher price tag. The next choice is between full soles and split soles. Split soles, which separate the heel and toe area, provide more flexibility for pointed feet. However, beginning dancers often opt for full soles, which stretch from toe to heel and provide more resistance, building up strength with every flex of the foot.
No matter what slipper you choose, it should fit your foot like a glove or thumbless mitten, so that your toes can sit flat with no extra room at the tip. Before your first class, it’s a good idea to call ahead and ask what shoes would be appropriate to wear. The instructor may be able to suggest a few brands, or even tell you the color of shoe that the studio prefers.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 11, 2016. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 90 days. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Dance Camps ranges from ages 5+ and offers majorette dance, ballet, hip hop, and more. Camp is held Mon-Fri 10am-4pm July 11,2016 to performance day on August 7, 2016. Food is not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center
According to Lanita Joseph, arts education changes communities for the better. So she founded Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center in 2006 to teach jazz, ballet, and musical theater to students of all ages, genders, races, and sexual orientations. By cultivating a safe space for everyone, she aims to inspire self-discovery and build awareness of issues pertaining to topics such as youth violence.
Performing helps community members learn about each other's cultures and, therefore, about each other. Under Joseph's tutelage, students have been able to show off their skills and artistry at the Harold Washington Cultural Center and the Museum of Science and Industry.