Teacher Testimonials

Melissa Hayden

Melissa Hayden

Senior Faculty North Carolina School of the Arts (1983-2006)
retired Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

"Gaynor Mindens strengthen the feet and elongate the leg muscles. They facilitate articulate footwork, good balance, and correct technique. Gaynor Mindens shape to the foot, allowing it to become an extension of the leg in a long, continuous line. I recommend them to everyone I teach."

Marina Leonova

Marina Leonova

Director, Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Moscow)

"Gaynor Minden pointe shoes are high quality, professional ballet footwear, ideally suited for beginners as well as for experienced dancers.

"It is unusual to find a shoe that can be fitted so well, thus minimizing injuries and general discomfort. The shoes are stable, perfectly balanced, and create a beautiful line of the foot."

Yuri Fateev

Yuri Fateev

Acting Director, The Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet
Répétiteur, Balanchine Foundation, St. Petersburg, Russia

"GM pointe shoes make feet look elegant, conceal their imperfections, and protect them effectively. They stand out for their flexibility; a dancer can easily make soft roll-ups and downs without “springing” onto pointe. This is an effective way to develop foot strength and technique. As a teacher, it is so much easier to gain a result with dancers wearing GM. GM pointe shoes facilitate smooth, soundless movements of the corps de ballet which is very important for ‘big scenes.’ GM pointe shoes make feet sing!"

Mignon Furman

Mignon Furman

Founding Director, American Academy of Ballet

"I highly recommend the Gaynor Minden pointe shoe for the training of young dancers – it is not only the professional who enjoys its benefits. It supports the foot in such a way that the dancer is better able to feel and attain correct alignment on pointe."

Victoria Mazzarelli

Victoria Mazzarelli

Associate Artistic Director, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts

"So much is expected of dancers today, and the Gaynor Minden pointe shoe is an excellent tool for their training at all levels. As a former professional dancer and now a teacher, I have found that Gaynor Minden pointe shoes are supple, encouraging a beautiful rolling-through of the feet, and at the same time durable – perfect for building strength. They mold wonderfully to the foot, promoting a lovely line."

Kathryn Sullivan

Kathryn Sullivan

Senior Pointe Instructor, Steps on Broadway
Ballet Faculty, Barnard College and Ballet Hispanico

"Gaynor Mindens are excellent for the beginning pointe student. They enable the dancer to build her own strength in the foot, without overly relying on the shoe. They encourage the correct position of the toes, and provide just enough resistance for a smooth roll-up and roll-down. I strongly recommend this shoe – along with good training – as a perfect way to be introduced to the wonderful world of pointe work!

"It’s the shoe of the new generation."