Dance Footwear

1.1 Ballet pumps and accessories (Gentlemen and Ladies)

  • Canvas Sansha ballet pumps = R480 per pair
  • Grishko Dreamstretch ballet pumps = R470 per pair
  • Kryolan shoe pan = R432 (per colour)

General Lifespan of product – Men go through 1 pair of pumps once a month, ladies go through 1 pair once a year. One container of Kryolan shoe pan is enough to dye 3 to 4 pairs of pumps.

Gentlemen are issued 2 dance belts per year, 1 pair of ballet pumps per month (for ballet classes and rehearsal), as well as 3 or 4 pumps for stage productions.

Ladies are issued 1 pair of ballet pumps per year (for ballet classes). Ladies ranking from Senior corps de ballet to Principal get 6 of their pairs of their preferred pointe shoes, once every two months. Ladies ranking from Junior Corps de Ballet to Corps de Ballet get 4 of their pairs of their pointe shoes, once every two months. Ladies in the Aspirant programme (unless on sponsorship) purchase their own pointe shoes.

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1.2 Jazz shoes

Full sole lace-up black Jazz shoes (men and women) = R485 per pair
General Lifespan of product – Luckily, we do not have many ballets where Jazz shoes are used so 1 pair roughly lasts 2 to 3 years

1.3 Pointe shoes and accessories (Ladies only)

  • Bloch pointe shoes = R864 (dancers wearing spec shoes – between R959 and R1036)
  • Grishko Nova Pro pointe shoes = R750
  • Freed pointe shoes = R897.46
  • Grishko 2007 pointe shoes = R1 100
  • Gaynor Minden Pointe shoes = R2 500
  • Ouch pouches = R250
  • Shoe elastic = R20
  • Shoe ribbon = R50
  • Shoe pancake = R170

General Lifespan of product – Pointe shoes and their accessories are very role orientated. A Principal dancer can go through 4 to 5 pairs of pointe shoes per season (10 performances) and ouch pouches can last anywhere from 6 months to a year. A junior dancer will go through a pair of pointe shoes every 1 to (at a push) 2 months. Elastics and ribbon can be transplanted from shoe to shoe, but generally last no more than 3 to 4 months.

Various techniques exist where dancers can prolong their life of pointe shoes by spraying lacquer spray and then “baking” them in an oven, whereas some practices such as pre-breaking the shoes (to produce an even lovelier looking pointed foot) or hitting them repeatedly with a hammer to ensure that the dancers are less audible (therefore more ethereal) when landing from jumps and running on stage – and all to ensure that you as an audience member have a far more pleasant theatre performance experience!!

1.4 Average shipping costs in 2021 for 3 kg’s of pointe shoes from London to South Africa (UPS preferred mode of delivery)

  • Brokerage admin charges = approx. R172 to R250
  • Disbursement fee = approx. R186 to R300
  • Customs duty = approx. R2 301 to R4 000
  • Customs Vat = approx. R1610.70 to R3 000
  • Total shipping and delivery = Anywhere between R5 227.50 to R8 744.15
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