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Bob Rizzo: My First Pointe Shoes-Ballet Dance

Michelle Benash , Bob Rizzo  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michelle Benash
  • Directors: Bob Rizzo
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Riz-Biz Productions, Inc
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,970 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Join instructor Michelle Benash for your very first Pointe Class. Learn how to fit, sew and prepare your shoes before you begin. Then follow along as Michelle teaches you a barre, center exercises and a lovely variation designed for the beginner student who is currently studying Ballet. A great gift idea for the aspiring Ballerina or beginning Pointe teacher.


Michelle Benash presents thoughtful and intelligent exercises for beginning Pointe students. Her delightful and well thought out regime is a must for teachers and students who care about the healthy development of Pointe work. --Kirk Peterson, Ballet Master, American Ballet Theatre

This video offers an introduction to many aspects of dancing en pointe and is intended to supplement a full regimen of classes. Hosted by ballerina, Michelle Benashe, who teaches at New York s High School of the Performing Arts (the school is portrayed in Fame), the video begins with instructions for sewing the ribbons onto new toe shoes, taking care of one s feet, and tying the ribbons properly. Special attention is given to the correct fit. The balance of the program depicts an older teen demonstrating many barre exercises to get used to the feeling of being on toe followed by several combinations at the barre and in the center. Many still frames are used to provide added emphasis or to clarify verbal instructions. The student sometimes wears a white tutu with red point shoes to make the demonstration clearer. This well-organized and practical guide will be useful for serious, experienced dancers who are comfortable with ballet s unique vocabulary. --School Library Journal

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By Mi. Li.
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The "Bob Rizzo: My First Pointe Shoes-Ballet Dance Shoes" DVD was just okay, in my opinion.

I wish it would have had a bit more information on exercises that you can do to build strength in the ankles (in general, I think most dancers already know some, but) it would have been a nice addition to the video.

As well, I would have liked to see how a beginner goes from demi-pointe to "over-the-toe".... as that kind of balance does not come naturally, to many of us. We can get en pointe, but working on going over the toe properly is sometimes challenging and I wish that had been addressed.

Over all, It was okay. I do, however, think a few additions (and it was a short video, so I think they could have spent more time) would have made all the difference in making this a better DVD.

But I do still use it. I haven't found much better anywhere else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Had some good info but a little short February 28, 2014
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The video had some good info about pointe but was a little short, would have like a few more practice techniques to do.
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