8.) Where can I find that commercial for the iPhone with Kristin Sloan?
9.) What are the parts of those strange shoes ballerinas use to stand on their toes called? They've always fascinated me.
My post on the anatomy of a pointe shoe can be found here . Capezio also has a nice chart explaining this on their website . Pointe shoes do not contain wood. They never have. The first pointe shoes worn by Marie Taglioni were similar to soft slippers of today with toes reinforced by ribbons and darning. Dancers began to experiment with hardening the toes and soles of their pointe shoes with whatever was available to them at the time. A company in Russia began using paste, burlap, canvas, and paper to harden their shoes because that was what they had. The modern pointe shoe was born.
10.)Where can I find information on swing dancing?
I check USASwingNet occasionally for updates on competition results, etc. They also have a large list of competitions, workshops, and much more.
11.) What is your opinion on Miller and Ben tap shoes? They're so cool looking!
First off, I would not suggest buying Miller and Ben tap shoes to anyone that isn't an advanced tapper. They are expensive and extremely hard to break in and if you have a custom order and they aren't right for a reason other than a defect, you can't return them. I know they're very pretty and funky looking and not many people have seen lime green taps before, but resist the urge to splurge. It is also crucial that you get fitted for these, not just order them online. According to their sizing chart, I would wear a size that is two sizes larger than what I actually need. These are kind of like pointe shoes in the way that you can't fit them well from a chart. My personal opinion on these shoes: I love them. They're pretty awesome looking for special performances and even though they're hard to break in and expensive, I would've gone through enough pairs of $40 dollar shoes by now that it would've cost close to the same as the Miller and Bens.
12.) Can I injure the top of my foot dancing?
Yes. I recently pulled a muscle on the top of my left foot by landing a turn weirdly in my jazz class. I stayed in class for the next few weeks but took it easy and now it feels fine.
13.) I have two left feet. Is there any technique that'll help me?
Ballet is key to everything except maybe the type of dancing you would do in a nightclub. It will be hard at first. In fact, it will always be hard. But, ballet can benefit your dancing and every day life including things like posture, steadiness on your feet, and grace.
14.) How can I get noticed by the teachers at a big dance convention?
Dress nicely. Nicely does not mean a mesh bra, booty shorts, and nothing else. Wear a leo and tights. Look professional. Stand towards the front of the room, but don't shove people out of your way to get there. If you don't understand something, ask the teacher. Thank the teacher and assistants after class.