Thoughts on Gaynor Minden pointe shoes?
Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:34 PM
I have seen numerous performances by a plethora of professional companies this summer, and there seems to be an abundance of dancers choosing to wear Gaynor Mindens, (especially at ABT, but perhaps this is a sponsorship thing?).... In any rate, it is rather doubtful that I will ever learn to like them on any dancer really, (although I really want to). I think I just find it scary when the satin wears off the box, and neon blue plastic is exposed, among other things. I wouldn't ever want to worry about something like that with my shoes! Then again, I suppose that in the end, it is the dancer's choice on what type of shoe to wear, and what they are comfortable in... but I definitely feel that there are some dancers that are wearing Gaynor Minden shoes, whose feet would look completely different (and much better) in a different brand of shoe. Ah well.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 08:18 PM
Cojocaru has said that with her foot problems, she wouldn't be dancing without them. From the reviews I've read of her Aurora, I think that in itself would justify Gaynor Mindens.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 09:25 PM
Posted 26 July 2007 - 09:49 PM
I was wondering everyone's opinions on Gaynor Minden pointe shoes on dancers?
I think I just find it scary when the satin wears off the box, and neon blue plastic is exposed, among other things. I wouldn't ever want to worry about something like that with my shoes!
really? neon blue plastic?
I have gaynor mindens, they are very old, and a terrible floor gauged them where the box meets the shank on the bottom.
From what i've seen of the inner workings they are gray, very subtle, not blue.
Maybe as my pair is about 3 years old things have changed, but Im curious about this blue plastic...
As a (bad) dancer with bad feet, I like them. I feel totally over my foot in them, they are incredibly durable, and I enjoy the support combined with a flexible shank.
pre-gaynor mindens i did 3/4 shanks.
I don't mind the look of them at all. there are plenty of shoes that have been popular over the years that I find much uglier.
the variety of box shapes is also nice for different width feet, whereas a lot of older shoes tended to make those of us with wider feet look like we were sickling (sp?) when we weren't.
Posted 27 July 2007 - 07:18 AM
the stiffer sole seems to flatten the arch and make it more difficult to roll smoothly through the foot.
I've noticed this with Veronika Part, whose beautiful arches seem less pronounced in GMs than in standard pointe shoes. But if GMs help strengthen her pointe work, well, all the more power to her!
Dancers go through one pair of shoes or more in a single performance. I'm interested in finding out how long it takes for a professional dancer to go through a pair of GMs. Does anyone know?
Posted 27 July 2007 - 07:55 AM
That said, I'm guessing that most professionals get special make-ups of the shoes.
At a master class at the ROH, I think perhaps last year, Alina says she uses both - Gaynors and her 'regular shoes', which I believe are Bloch. She says the Gaynors last her about a month - I do not know if that includes performances. For students, the Gaynors would last much longer.
The problem with rolling down isn't necessary because of a stiffer shank - in fact, some of the Gaynor shanks are very very flexible. But, the construction is that the shank is constructed so that it is attached to the platform. You can kind of see it here:
This means 'rolling through' bends the shoe in the opposite direction, if that makes sense?
Re: plastic - well, that's why you'll see so many dancers covering the platforms with moleskin or suede or so.
Yes, GMs do have different widths and different tapers, but all of the GMs have low profiles, which doesn't work for everyone. Also, due to the materials, the GMs don't shape to your foot in the same way that a traditional paste shoe would....anyways, I'm rambling. The big GM thread on BT4D is here:
And if you do a search, you'll find more!
Posted 27 July 2007 - 09:01 AM
I am so glad I'm audience when I read pointe shoe threads -- that the primary dependency for female ballet dancers is a shoe that is so difficult to get right and to learn to adapt or change, if needed, during different stages of development is mind-boggling.
(not to mention I'm a real wuss when my feet hurt...)
Posted 27 July 2007 - 02:21 PM
Posted 28 July 2007 - 05:12 PM
Posted 30 July 2007 - 09:20 AM
I love watching people work their feet, and am always excited by someone who truly rolls up and down (leftover from my early training, where that was a big emphasis), but I know how personal the relationship is between the dancer and her shoes -- I hesitate to call foul.
Posted 20 August 2007 - 11:16 AM
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