Lovin’ Her Lifeknit Sox

Our goal is to serve our dancers with the best bodywear & dance shoes, so WE love hearing it when YOU love it!


Emily, a professional ballet dancer in the Twin Cities, decided to try the Capezio Lifeknit Sox while continuing to train at home.

“I bought these socks and I love them!  I took barre in them and they felt wonderful.  They were really supportive, yet I could still feel the floor well.  They give you a little more traction than a regular sock, perfect for a pirouette.”

*Emily with her dog, Rosie 🙂


Try them out yourself, and let us know how you like them!

Twin Cities Summer Intensives 2020

We know you’ve been dancing from home, dancing outside, and just itching to be back dancing in a studio class!  (Perhaps with some floors bigger than your kitchen…)  Good news!  Dance studios around the Twin Cities are holding their summer intensives!

Our aim is always to serve our dancers, both in dance wear and in resources!  So for your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of studios, dates, age groups and class times — plus each studio’s phone number and website where you can get more details.

And as you gather all your dance gear to get ready for these long-awaited intensives, don’t forget!  Grand Jeté is offering 10% off all shoe purchases (per visit) in June!  And if you need to stock up on several items, we offer 15% off a purchase of $400 or more, and 20% off a purchase of $600 or more!

All right, without further ado…here’s the list!!


Twin Cities Summer Intensives


St. Paul Ballet:  St Paul / 651-219-5741 / spballet.org

-June 15- 26  & Aug 3 – 14 Upper level  M-F   9:30-4:30  (ages 13-22)

-Aug 3-21   Lower level   M-W-F    4:30- 6:30  (ages 10-13)


Ballet Co. Laboratory: St. Paul / 651-313-5967 / balletcolaboratory.org

-July 21-30    T-TH  5:30-7:30  (ages 7-10)

-July  20-31    M-W-F   12:30-4:30  (ages 10-15)

-Aug 17-28     M-W-F   12:30-4:30  (ages 10-15)

-July  20-31    M-F  10:30-4:30  (ages 13-20)

-Aug  17-28    M-F  10:30-4:30  (ages 13-20)


Minnesota Dance Theatre: Minneapolis / 612-338-0627 / mndance.org

-June 15 – July 3     Level 1   M-TH   1:00-2:00

-June 15 – July 3      Level 2    M-W-F   11:30-1:30

-June 15 – July 3      Level 2      T-TH     11:30-12:30

-June 15 – July 3     Level 3       M-F      10:30-1:45

-June 15 – July 3     Level 4      M-F       9:30-1:00

-June 15 – July 3     Level 5/6  M-F       9:30-1:00


Ballet Royale Minnesota:  Lakeville / 952-898-3163 /  balletroyalemn.org

-June 6 -24  Levels  1, 2, Advanced 2, Upper

*See Website for various class options, days and times


Secrets of Classical Ballet:  Edina / 612-702-9096 /  info@secretsofballet.com

-July 20 – Aug 7   (ages 8-12)     M-TH   10:00-1:00

-July 20 – Aug 7   (ages 13-17)   M-TH   2:00-5:00


Minnesota Ballet Theatre (ARB): Eden Prairie / 612-501-9208 /  academyofrussianballet.com

-July 8 – 19  (Ages 8-22)     M-F     9:00-4:00    (Vaganova syllabus)


Ashley Ballet Arts Academy: Golden Valley / 763-703-3920 /  admin@ashleyballetarts.com

-June 15 –19  Level 1  (ages 9-11)

-June 15 –19  Level 2  (ages 11-13)

-June 15 -19  Level 3  (ages 14+)

-June 22-31  Pre-Professional

*See Website for various days and times


TU Dance:  St. Paul / 612-605-1925 / tudance.org

July 8-27   Level 1  (ages 11+)  M-F  9:30-1:00

July 8-27   Level 2 (ages 13+)   M-F  11:00-3:00

July 8-27   Level 3 (ages 14-16)  M-F  11:00-3:00

July 29 – Aug 17   Level 4  (ages 17-24)  9:30-4:30

July 29 – Aug 17   Level 5  (ages 17-24)  9:30-4:30


Happy Dancing!

Make Your List & Check It Twice!

Recital season is in full swing, with summer intensives following close behind!  At Grand Jeté, we’re here to help you go into your performances calm and collected with these tips for making sure your dance bag is stocked with all the essentials for a great show!

Keep hair and makeup accessories (like those elusive bobby pins!) in a place you can actually find ’em when you need ’em with the Ainsliewear cosmetic bag.

  • Ainsliewear Cosmetic Bag
  • Bunheads Bobby Pins
  • Bunheads Hair Pins – great for buns and thick hair!
  • Bunheads Eyelashes – available in “Lightweight” or “Heavyweight”
  • Dasha Performance Earrings – available in post or clip


Take care of your feet!  Whether it’s taping toes or making them smell sweet, rolling out muscles or keeping them warm – we have everything you need to make sure you can dance for hours!

  • Bloch Warm-up Booties
  • Bunheads Toe Tape, KT Tape and more
  • Body Wrappers Stirrup Legwarmers
  • Sweet Feet Spray
  • Foot Rubz Massage Ball and Roller
  • Ripstop Shorts & Pants by Body Wrappers
  • Gaynor Minden Flexibility Band

  • Grishko Thera Bands – Light, Medium & Strong
  • Body Wrappers Stirrup Legwarmers
  • Bullet Pointe Ripstop Shorts – Reversible!
  • Suffolk Butt Glue – don’t let those costumes slip!
  • Body Wrappers Romper – super cute & soft!


“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”

~Marilyn Monroe

A dancer’s shoes are an extension of the feet – and we’ve got the tools to make sure they feel good and last as long as they can!

  • Bunheads Stitch Kit – a compact essential kit that travels with you!
  • Ballroom Heel Caps – in various sizes – protect both your favorite heels as well as the dance floor!
  • Bunheads Deodorizing Pouches – absorb moisture & eliminate odor!
  • Jet Glue – customize pointe shoes and make them last longer!
  • Toe Pads – in various materials, sizes and brands
  • Shoe Brush – use on the soles of both pointe shoes and ballroom shoes to create traction
  • Bloch Spray Rosin – use it on shoes, ribbons and clothing to prevent slipping – with no mess!

That’s a wrap!

Make your life easier by keeping everything you need together and organized in a durable dance bag with plenty of multi-purpose pockets, different straps/handles and fun designs for both adults and kids!

  • Danshuz Hole Punch Tote
  • Horizon Kids Sequin Duffle
  • Sassi Kids Quilted Tote
  • Capezio Ballet Squad Duffle
  • Bloch Multi-compartment Tote Bag


Pointe Paint

Problem Solved!

As dancers, we dance on our toes, wear spandex daily, undergo a sequin and makeup transformation to be stage ready, and somehow manage to keep all those little hairs in a bun.  With our unique skillset comes a unique set of challenges — and at Grand Jete we have several new accessory tips and tricks to help make your life easier and your dancing better!


Problem: Need to keep leotards or costumes in place?

Solution: Suffolk Butt Glue

Suffolk Butt Glue

Suffolk Butt Glue is a super-adhesive, clear glue that you can roll straight onto your skin to keep leotards from riding up, keep costumes from slipping and put your mind at ease.  And it washes off easily with water!  This is a life saver when it comes to competitions and performances.  Use it with your formal wear too for a worry-free evening out!


Problem: Dance shoes slipping? Dealing with messy rock rosin?

Solution: Bloch Spray Rosin

Bloch Spray Rosin

Bloch Spray Rosin is rock rosin that you can easily throw in your dance bag and take with you!  Spray it on the soles of your shoes or on the tips of your pointe shoes to create traction between you and the floor so you can dance more confidently!  You can also use it to keep ribbons and dancewear in place.


Problem: Need to match your shoes to your skin or costume?

Solution: Pointe People Pointe Paint

Pointe Paint

The Pointe People have created the easiest way to matte or dye both satin and canvas shoes.  Their water-based paint is portable and simple to apply by alternately dabbing and dragging the sponge top over the shoe’s material until it is fully covered.  Finally…no mess!  Choose from their rainbow of colors, or find your skin tone in one of their 7 shades of nude.


Problem: Lost your drawstring???

Solution: Suffolk Drawstring Threader

Drawstring Threader

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things is trying to snug up your dance shoes by pulling tight on the drawstring, only to have half of it disappear inside the seam…  Rather than spend hours of digging and finagling, invest in Suffolk’s Drawstring Threader to easily hook and drag out that elusive bit of string.  You can also use it to upgrade and replace your cotton drawstring for elastic or vise versa.


Problem: I have too much hair to keep in a bun!

Solution: Suffolk Extra Strength Long Hair Pins

Suffolk Hair Pins

Long or thick hair can be tricky to keep all wrapped up in a bun, and sometimes those bobby pins just aren’t strong enough to do the trick when you start leaping across the floor.  Grand Jete now carries extra strength, 2.75″ hair pins in blonde, brunette and black.  They come in a convenient dispenser, with four compartments holding 12 pins and 2 bonus spiral pins.


Stop by and pick up one of each to toss in your dance bag!


Giving Back at Grand Jete

We’re inviting YOU to join us as we launch the Holiday Season by giving back!

ALL proceeds go to the Emily Program when you purchase a new pointe shoe for only $10.  

OPEN up the enclosed red envelope to reveal a surprise for yourself!

PRIZES range from 10% off Grand Jete merchandise to $5, $10 and $15 Grand Jete Gift Certificates.

Em Program shoes

These pointe shoes make GREAT gift ideas!  

You can…

  • Decorate it any way you like and hang it up as a keepsake
  • Give it as a gift for your secret santa or a dance friend
  • Have it signed by fellow cast members and guest artists for holiday shows  

Happy Dancing!

Ballet dancer on pointe in a lunge - Caption: Summer Program Auditions

Tis the Season for Auditions!

The Nutcracker snow and flowers costumes have just been put away, and now it’s that time of year again:  Summer Program Auditions!  They’ll be happening all across the country during the next few months.  While it’s hard to fit in auditions with your normal dance and school schedule, a good audition may get you into a summer program that helps you reach your dance dreams.  Here are some tips to help you be at the top of your game while still being realistic.


1)  Major ballet schools will have auditions in a number of big cities, often at the same time.  Try to knock out a couple of auditions in one trip.


2)  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  Audition for multiple programs so you have options if your first choice doesn’t pan out.


3)  The earlier you audition the better.  Schools can run out of space after the first month of auditions, so even if they wanted to take you, they might not have the space.


4)  Look clean and neat.  Wear a leotard that you feel good in – find something beautiful and unique that shows off your body, but nothing too flashy.  Wear light make-up – don’t go in full stage make-up.  Make sure you have all your shoes with you.


5)  Do your research beforehand:  if you’re auditioning for a school that is more Balanchine-oriented, familiarize yourself with that style.  If you’re auditioning for a Russian-based school, know what they focus on teaching.  In the audition, try to pick up on the style quickly.


6)  If you don’t get into a program this year, audition again next year.  If they see you again, they will be more likely to notice you, and it shows your drive to attend that program.  Make sure that you thank the instructor after class.  Don’t be too pushy, but showing respect can only help you.

View this year’s Audition Schedule for the Twin Cities


Best of luck this audition season!

Giving Back at Grand Jete

We’re inviting YOU to join us as we launch the Holiday Season by giving back!

ALL proceeds go to the Emily Program when you purchase a new pointe shoe for only $10.  

OPEN up the enclosed red envelope to reveal a surprise for yourself!

PRIZES range from 10% off Grand Jete merchandise to $5, $10 and $15 Grand Jete Gift Certificates.

Em Program shoes

These pointe shoes make GREAT gift ideas!  

You can…

  • Decorate it any way you like and hang it up as a keepsake
  • Give it as a gift for your secret santa or a dance friend
  • Have it signed by fellow cast members and guest artists for holiday shows  

Happy Dancing!

Rows of Capezio pointe shoes with Hannah's tiny custom shoes in the middle

A Pointe Shoe Dream Comes True…

       In the fall of 2015, Mariska Baranczyk, a long-time customer of Grand Jeté, called asking about the possibility of getting pointe shoes for a family friend of hers, Hannah Kritzeck.  Hannah is a young, twenty-year old woman who dances in the Twin Cities.  Normally this would not at all be an unusual request, as Grand Jeté has specialized in fitting pointe shoes for area dancers for over thirty years.  However, this situation was unique in that Hannah is a primordial dwarf.  She is one of only 100 primordial dwarves in the world and the only one in Minnesota.

Hannah dance class pic

4th Street Dance Recital

Introducing Hannah

Primordial dwarfism is defined primarily by extreme short stature at birth and is furthermore unique in that the bones and organs of the body are all proportionally smaller than the average person.  With such a small overall structure, primordial dwarves have a shortened life expectancy and face the risk of brain aneurysms among other complications.  For instance, Hannah had two titanium rods put in her back to correct scoliosis at a young age.  She measures a mere 39 inches tall and wears a 4 T in kids clothing.  However, none of these facts prevent Hannah from pursuing her passion for dancing – and thriving at it!

Hannah with her friend in their dance costumesHannah dances at 4th Street Dance Center, taking ballet and hip hop.  She pours her heart into dancing, inspiring both her teacher and classmates.  When asked about her dancing, Hannah replied, “I’ve been dancing since I was two years old…I love dancing because it makes me feel good – hip hop makes me feel strong and ballet calms me down.”  Just like many a young girl in ballet class, Hannah has long dreamed of dancing on pointe.  For years, Hannah had been searching for a way to get pointe shoes; however, there simply was nothing small enough to fit her feet.  It was at this point that Mariska reached out to Grand Jeté, knowing their expertise in fitting pointe shoes and their direct access to pointe shoe suppliers.



Grand Jeté’s InvolvementHannah, Mariska and Ruthena at the first fitting at Grand Jete

The staff at Grand Jeté is committed to providing each customer with personalized service. On a daily basis, Grand Jeté helps dancers find the right fit for their pointe shoes, sizing these unique shoes according to the size and strength of their feet.  Our staff often helps dancers create special orders to meet their particular needs and specifications.  However, pointe shoes have never been made in toddler sizes.  While Hannah’s feet are extremely small, they are fully developed.  Therefore, Hannah would need specially-created pointe shoes to fit the size, structure and strength of her feet.

Ruthena Fink, the owner of Grand Jeté, Hannah's feet in ballet slippersworked with Mariska to bring Hannah into the store for a fitting.  Ruthena fit Hannah in ballet slippers to get a sense for the pointe shoe size that would need to be created.  Hannah’s feet fit in a size six toddler, the smallest Capezio ballet slipper available, measuring five inches long.  Additionally, Ruthena traced Hannah’s feet to provide a visual representation of her foot size and shape.


With the information she gathered from the fitting, Ruthena began communicating with Paul Plesh at Capezio.  Mr. Plesh has a vast amount of experience in the ballet world, having both worked and danced with professional ballet companies for a number of years.  He is currentlyHannah's Pointe Shoe in Ruthena's Hand Capezio’s Senior Product Line Manager, and after multiple conversations and exchanging photos, Mr. Plesh set out to see if Capezio could make a pointe shoe for Hannah.  At Grand Jeté, we were thrilled to learn that Paul actually had a trip planned to Thailand, where Capezio’s factory is located.  He brought all of the information with him and returned a few weeks later with Hannah’s pointe shoes in hand!  Her pointe shoes were personally mailed to Grand Jeté, where they awaited Hannah’s first pointe shoe fitting.

Ruthena holding Hannah's pointe shoe in her handWhen the shoes arrived at Grand Jeté, it was a beautiful sight – they looked just like regular pointe shoes, yet fit in the palm of Ruthena’s hand!  The pointe shoes were created with pink satin and a hard toe box, with the one main difference being that the shank (the stiff sole of a pointe shoe created to support a dancer on her toes) was actually only the strength of a demi pointe shoe.  Due to Hannah’s small size and light weight, a regular shank would be too stiff and difficult for her foot to work through properly.  Thus, the demi sole was the appropriate strength to train her to dance on pointe.


A Dream Come True

Mariska arranged for Hannah to come to Grand Jeté again for her pointe shoe fitting, this time accompanied by her mother, Jackie.  Nothing could match the excitement and happiness reflected on the faces of Hannah and her mother whenHannah trying on the shoes with her mom and Ruthena the shoes were brought out and fitted on Hannah’s feet.  The thrill was shared by Ruthena and her staff as they watched one more dancer realize her dreams of dancing in pointe shoes.
Furthermore, because she is finally able to begin training on pointe, Hannah is considering pursing dance in college or at pre-professional/professional ballet training Ruthena fitting Hannah with her pointe shoesprograms.  With Hannah’s talent and determination, it will be exciting to see where she goes with her dancing.  What an example of how the inspiration of a pair of pointe shoes can be so far-reaching!  Grand Jeté’s customer service and expertise in fitting dance shoes will continue to make dance dreams such as Hannah’s come true.



Hannah collage



Click on the pictures below to view a larger slideshow of Hannah’s pointe shoe story: