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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EnPointe at Dance Teacher Web Live in Vegas!

It’s that time again! EnPointe is once again exhibiting at the Dance Teacher Web Live Conference, August 1st to 4th -packed with dance workshops, fun events, master classes and more – and it’s back in Vegas.

What an amazing conference and EnPointe loves being part of this event. It is at the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa a luxurious resort just twelve miles from the ‘Strip’ and the perfect venue for this conference.

EnPointe at DTW

There are various large rooms for all the dance workshops, master classes and seminars and the Trade Show of course! Once again there will be the fabulous fashion show too, poolside – a really popular event.

The conference directors, Angela and Steve are true professionals and are involved in every aspect. They carefully select the choreographers, faculty, organize all the dance workshops and events with their wonderful team and make sure everyone is taken care of – attendees and exhibitors alike.

An all-star Faculty will be presenting all-star material. Here’s what they say on their website, “Dance Teacher Web Live Conference and Expo faculty represent the best “teachers’ teachers.” They are eager to help you expand your teaching knowledge and ignite your creativity. Our 2016 business seminars provide unprecedented access to business specialists ready to help you take your studio to the next level!”

There will be more than 90 sessions on an extensive range of dance and business topics, perfect for new teachers, studio owners or school administrator – something for your whole team.

For full info all the fun details here is a link to their website – http://www.dtwconference.com/About-Us.html.

We would love to see you if you are attending, so come by our Booth #209 and say ‘Hi’! We will have a couple of our freestanding ballet barres, a glassless mirror plus samples and more at the booth.

See you soon!

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Tutus!

Where on earth did the word Tutu come from? Well it’s a bit of a mystery really as the word Tutu and Tutus did not show up anywhere until 1881 – who knew?

There are several types of professional ballet tutus.

The Romantic Tutu came into origin when Marie Taglioni first wore a gauzy white skirt cut to reveal her ankles – shock! This was in 1832 at the Paris Opera designed by Eugene Lami in La Sylphide. After that the tutu was steadily shortened to show off the dancer’s legs, so their footwork could be seen and also to easily move around.

Marie Taglioni wearing a Romantic Tutu
Marie Taglioni wearing a Romantic Tutu

The Bell Tutu is so named because of the way it falls into a ‘bell’ shape and does not have a hoop for support falling to the mid-thigh.

Degas and Bell Tutus
Classical bell tutus in The Dance Class by Degas, 1874

Then there’s the Russian ‘Pancake’ Tutu that is supported by a hoop, comes straight out from the hips, has many tulle layers and is short.

Alicia Alonso wearing a pancake tutu, 1955
Alicia Alonso wearing a pancake tutu, 1955

The Platter Tutu can have such unique designs and a contemporary look as in this photo courtesy of the Australian Ballet:
Platter tutu

Let’s not forget how influential fashion designers were in the creation of stunning tutus. although few designers have matched the reputation of Barbara Karinska (1886-1983). She was the New York Ballet’s costumer for many years. The tutus she designed and constructed were incredibly beautiful and durable. Did you know she won the Capezio Dance award – the first costumer designer ever to win this award? It was for costumes “of visual beauty for the spectator and complete delight for the dancer”.

Karinska by Costume Ballet Imperial – Designed by Karinska
Karinska by Costume Ballet Imperial – Designed by Karinska

Historia del tutú Balanchine & Karinska

 

We have a wonderful dance costume board on Pinterest – check it out – EnPointe on Pinterest

Which is your favorite style of Tutu? We’d love to hear from you!

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