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Wordless Wednesday – Picture #11

Pink Pointe Shoes

“It’s not about the shoes. It’s about knowing where you’re going. Not forgetting where you started. It’s about having the courage to fail. Not breaking when you’re broken. Taking everything you’ve been given and making something better. It’s about work before glory. And what’s inside of you. It’s doing what they say you can’t. It’s not about the shoes. It’s about what you do in them. It’s about being who you were born to be.” – Michael Jordan

It's not about the shoes. It's about what you do in them. It's about being who you were born to be. - Michael Jordan Click To Tweet

Wordless Wednesday – Picture #1

With this post I’m introducing something new for this blog.  It’s something I do on my other blog that I thought would work well here too.

On Wednesdays I’ll be sharing a photograph that speaks for itself.  To go with it I’ll also provide an inspirational/motivational quote.

I hope you enjoy Wordless Wednesdays! Here’s the first installment:

pink pointe shoes

Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world. – Bette Midler Click To Tweet

Do you have a dance picture I could share in an upcoming Wordless Wednesday? How about posting it on my Facebook page?


I Missed The Pointe

My oldest daughter has been dancing for 10 years now.  It’s something she’s good at and enjoys doing.  Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Clogging, Hip Hop… she’s done them all.

She turned 13 this year and that meant being introduced to another style; Pointe.  I didn’t realize what a big deal it was.  The commitment and training it entailed.

The other thing I didn’t realize was how different Pointe shoes are from all her other dance shoes… and that after you buy them they aren’t “ready to go”.    I learned that the hard way.

Pointe Shoes

My wife had mentioned that we needed to sew the ribbons onto the shoes but I didn’t think much of it.  How hard could it be?  We procrastinated until the day of her first Pointe class.  Both my wife and I had the day off and we went to YouTube looking for a tutorial.

YouTube tutorials have helped me fix clothes washers and cars before so I figured it would help here too.  What we found left us confused.  There were so many ways to do it.  It seemed that it was a matter of preference.

But what about when you’re starting out?  You don’t have a preference.  What then?

We did the best we could but ended up doing it wrong.  She went without them at that first class which ended up being fine.  Several in the class weren’t ready with their Pointe shoes.

My wife was talking to one of the other Dance Moms about the shoes and ribbons.  Turns out she didn’t sew her daughter’s.  She had a neighbor that’s a seamstress do it.  My wife wasted no time.  She messaged that woman and dropped the shoes off on the way home.

Turns out we ruined the original ribbons and I had to get some new ones from the dance shop.

Once she had the new ribbons the seamstress had it done in no time!

Pointe Shoes 2

Now that we’ve seen the shoes with the ribbons attached we could do it ourselves but will probably continue to have someone else sew them for us… or my daughter might do it herself.  She’s getting pretty good at sewing and would be better equipped to sew them to her liking.

Got a Pointe shoe story of your own? Leave a comment.  I’d love to hear it!


Do It Yourself Ballet Barre

My oldest daughter is a big fan of Pinterest.  She’s used it to find lots of great craft ideas, crock pot recipes, and plenty of dance related things.  She asked for one of the ideas she found for Christmas.

She wanted a ballet barre for her room so she could practice Pointe at home.  The one she was eyeing was made out of PVC pipe and parts. Cool.  Any excuse to go to the Home Depot works for me!

I searched online and saw several different ideas.  We took what others had done and adapted it for our needs.  For a little less than $32 and a half hour of time we were able to make a ballet barre that my daughter loves.

My wife and I didn’t give it to her already made.   I wanted my daughter to help me build it.  Plus, I figured she would want to give input on the dimensions.

We wrapped up the smaller parts so she could unwrap them on Christmas morning.  She’s probably the only 13 girl I know who got super excited after opening a box of PVC parts.

We used two 10 foot lengths 1.5″ PVC pipe.  Cut one of the pipes in half giving you 2 five foot lengths.

Cut the other pipe into 2 two foot lengths and 6  one foot lengths. You can adjust the 2 foot lengths later to match the height of your dancer.

We chose not to glue the pieces together.  My daughter likes how she can “twist” the legs so it can sit flush against her bedroom wall.

When it warms up we’ll take sandpaper and sand off the printed letters and numbers on the PVC pipe and spray paint it.  Below are pics of the parts and lay out.  It should be everything you need to make one yourself.  Let me know if you have questions.

PVC Ballet Bar Parts

PVC Ballet Bar Caps PVC Ballet Bar Elbows for feet PVC Ballet Bar Elbow PVC Ballet Bar Tees

PVC Ballet Bar Layout

PVC Ballet Bar Legs

Finished PVC Ballet Barre