Valentine’s Day – a time to celebrate love, friendship and romance!

February is a month for romance and particularly Valentine’s Day. Did you know there was a ‘romantic tutu’? It was white, multi-layered and very full, worn with a white bodice. This became the costume for the Romantic ballerina in the 1800s.

Ballerina Natalia Kolosova as Myrtha in Giselle - a romantic ballet.
Ballerina Natalia Kolosova as Myrtha in Giselle .

Romanticism in art and literature and those ideas defined and created this romantic era of ballet. It was primarily at the Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique of the Paris Opera Ballet and Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.

This era was also responsible for making the ballerina the forefront of ballets. Men were no longer the shining star!

Candles had previously been used – yes candles! Then gas lighting came along – changing everything,  so now theaters could use dimming effects for creating romantic moods.

Did you also know that pointework was still in its very early stages but greatly influenced how people saw ballerinas and ballet?

Marie Taglioni became the epitome of the romantic ballerina with her performance in the 1827 of La Sylphide when it debuted in Paris. She became the world’s most famous ballerina!

The four most famous Romantic ballerinas in 1845 were Marie Taglioni, Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Cerrito and Lucile Grahn. Together they appeared in the Pas de Quatre, on the London Stage, which was choreographed by Jules Perrot.

Here are just a few of our favorite romantic ballets – which are your favorites?

La Sylphide – the first major romantic ballet – and still performed regularly.

Sleeping Beauty – the kiss!

Swan Lake – so beautiful.

La fille mal gardée– and no-one dies.

Those are ours – what are your favorite romantic ballets and is your studio hosting a Valentine’s Day theme?

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It’s a New Year! Happy 2017 dance studios!

Last year when exhibiting at all of our many Dance Conferences across North America, we heard so many of you tell us about your exciting growth. It seems a common thread during 2016 was the growth of your dance studios.

Some of you were moving to a brand new and bigger dance studio location. Quite a few of you had grown so much that you were building extra studio space into your current dance studio locations. Class registrations were up, classes were expanding. We were excited by your excitement! We are so pleased to be part of that growth – thank you!

So, as a reminder, we wanted to showcase our products as we are a one-stop shop for your dance studio.

Barres
For new dance studios, or studio expansions we have Wall Mount Barres and brackets – either single or double. You have the option of aluminum barres and brackets in black, white or gray. Or if you prefer wood barres – we have those too. Browse our barre product page for full details.

wall mount barres for dance studios
Wood Wall Mount Barre with Grey Brackets

If you need more barre space – then what about using our Freestanding Barres? The choice of length varies as our StudioBarres start at 4’ and go to 20’ – again in black, white or gray. You even have the choice of wood for the barre centers. So easy to put together with our snaplocks, or to move and store with swivel legs. Our Portabarre comes with a carrying case in three lengths. Again, for more information visit our Barre page for full details.

StudioBarre for Dance Studios
StudioBarre for Dance Studios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glassless Mirrors
Yes – it’s true – absolutely no glass to worry about! Our highly reflective glassless mirrors are light and extremely safe, making them a perfect choice for your Dance Studios. Available as Wall Mount or on stands depending on your requirements. Visit our Glassless mirror page for all the information.

Portabarre ballet barre

And…. Flooring. As a Stagestep distributor we have the expertise to help with all your flooring needs too. We carry the full line of products from Stagestep! We also have our PortaFloor – a portable dance floor with carrying case.

PortaFloor for dance studios
PortaFloor with carrying case

Contact us with any questions – our experts are always pleased to help!

Here’s to a fantastic 2017.

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Happy New Year from all of us at EnPointe!

Happy New Year from EnPointe!

 

Happy New Year

It’s also time for us to say ‘THANK YOU’ to all of you who have been an integral part of EnPointe this year.

At every Trade Show we have attended we have been so happy to see all our current customers and new customers – you always stop by and say hi to us – and we love that!

The Dance trade shows are always such a pleasure for EnPointe as an exhibitor. Everyone is so upbeat and still dancing to our booths, even after attending all sorts of classes each and every day – your energy inspires us and it’s great to see happy, smiling faces!

On our EnPointe Facebook page, we see all of you who ‘like’, comment and enjoy our posts. We try to find photographs of beautiful dancers, interesting stories, funny articles and posts about our products to keep you entertained and informed. Thank you for following us and our numbers are continually growing. We love that too!

To our customers – we sincerely thank you for purchasing our products – and for your repeat business. We appreciate that you refer us to other Dance Studios who needs our barres, glassless mirrors and flooring. It is great for us hear from you that you’ve had our freestanding barres for many years and that you need more.

We heard the same story from many of you at the tradeshows that you are growing, expanding and moving – thank you for making EnPointe part of your exciting growth!

So as we approach 2017, we are already in the planning stages of which shows we will be attending and what new and exciting things we will be offering all of you – so stay tuned!

From all of us here at EnPointe, we wish you a Happy, Successful and amazing 2017!

 

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It’s nearly UDMA show time!!

Get ready – it’s nearly UDMA show time and we are busy bees getting ready to attend!! We are really excited to be exhibiting again this year – and at all four shows!!

First, let’s cover the necessary information in case you want to attend a UDMA show in your area so here are the Cities and dates:

  • DCU Center – Worcester, MA – Oct 1-2
  • Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GA – Oct 8-9
  • NJ Convention and Exposition Center – Edison, NJ – Oct 22-23
  • Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center – Schaumburg, IL – Oct 29-30

Visit the UDMA website – https://www.udma.org/shows/attend/ for all the details you need to know about attending, classes, the fabulous contests and much more!

I'm going to UDMA
I’m going to UDMA

Attendees describe the UDMA Dance Resource and Costume Shows as seeing the catalogs ‘come to life’. Everything is under one roof at America’s biggest gathering of dance vendors and industry leaders.

Master Teachers will be sharing their wealth of dance knowledge at the UDMA workshops as well – this year’s class is titled ‘Teaching Dance for Students with Disabilities: Strategies for Success’.

We are so looking forward to seeing everyone! Be sure to come to EnPointe’s booth at each show. We will have our freestanding StudioBarre, PortaBarre and a glassless mirror to showcase to you. Also, we are a distributor for StageStep flooring and have samples at the booth. We can help if you are moving, needing to change to glassless mirrors, wanting more barres, or need flooring.

EnPointe is your one-stop shop for dance studios.

Come by the booth and say ‘Hi’ and we are happy to assist with any questions you have as well. We love to chat and meet our customers and always welcome new customers too.

See you soon!!!!

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