Based in Ottawa, Canada, the Linda Jamieson School of Dance has produced many American Dance Award winners across a range of categories. The Linda Jamieson School of Dance instructs its students in multiple forms of the art, including ballet.
When performing ballet, dancers wear one of two types of shoes, depending on their role in a production. Beginning ballet students wear ballet flats, which are commonly made from materials like canvas, leather, and satin. Ballet flats have a thin, flexible sole that does not extend all the way to the slipper tip, and the shoe allows dancers to maintain greater balance and control over their movements.
Advanced dancers may wear pointe shoes, which are specially designed to help ballerinas move gracefully. A pointe shoe can be made of cotton, leather, or satin, but contains a hard box formed from densely-packed fabric, paper, and glue packed into its tip. With years of training to strengthen the feet, a dancer learns to use these shoes to balance on her toes in order to master some of ballet’s most notoriously difficult moves.