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What The Pros Say

You’ll find Gaynor Mindens on the world’s most magnificent stages, on the feet of today’s most brilliant dancers. You’ll also find them in serious studios, recommended by respected teachers and coaches, on students of all levels including beginners.


Gillian Murphy
Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre
“As a professional dancer, I’ve come to realize that what makes this art form truly magical is something beyond technique. Gaynor Mindens give me the added confidence to reach this next level. I know my shoes will be soundless and fit perfectly. I go onstage ready to completely enjoy the movement and the moment.”

Photo: E.Patino

Melissa Hamilton
First Soloist, The Royal Ballet
“My Gaynor Minden pointe shoes encase my feet with support and confidence. They allow me to express my movements and emotions fully with each step I take. I simply cannot imagine dancing in anything else.”

Photo: A.Uspenski

Jurgita Dronina
Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Canada
“With Gaynor Mindens, my shoes just feel like an extension of myself. It’s almost like I don’t even have a shoe on. They react to my every movement, giving my feet a very delicious quality; it’s harmony from head to toe.”

Photo: S.Endinian

Nicoletta Manni
Principal Dancer, Teatro alla Scala
“I’ve always wanted to try Gaynor Minden, and once I did I knew I would never go back to traditional pointe shoes. They are the perfect shoes for anything I have to dance! I save a lot of time not worrying about my pointe shoes, I can just concentrate on my dancing.”

Photo: C.Quezada, Elisa Carrillo Ballet Gala Mexico

Viengsay Valdes
Prima Ballerina and Artistic Director, National Ballet of Cuba
“Gaynor Mindens make me feel like I’m dancing on air – like butterfly’s wings. They are a gift to my feet. I can dance with a sense of security, and they give me a beautiful line. That’s why I trust them.”

Photo: M.Lidvac

Erica Cornejo
Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Integrarte;
Former Principal Dancer, Boston Ballet
“Ballet has always been hard but Gaynor Minden makes it easier. I love them! They don’t make any noise when I jump, and I can use the same pair many times because they last longer.”

Photo: S.Varga

Maria Calegari
Repetiteur, The Balanchine Trust and The Robbins Rights Trust;
Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet
“Some of the most accomplished ballerinas that I have worked with on Balanchine’s ballets have given definitive performances of these great works of dance in their Gaynor Minden pointe shoes. Alina Cojocaru in Jewels/Diamonds, Veronika Part and Maria Ricetto in Mozartiana and Deanna Seay in Ballet Imperial, all dancing some of the most intricate, difficult, and expressive pointe work made for a ballerina. They must move quickly and smoothly on and off of their pointe shoes. The Gaynor Minden shoe clearly enables these female artists to bring their great skill and beauty to the stage time after time.”

Photo: A.Sarkar

Gelsey Kirkland
Co-Director of The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet;
Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre
“Finally, there is a pointe shoe that makes no noise! In addition, Gaynor Mindens have a gracefully tapered vamp allowing the line of the leg and foot to become one. The tip of the box is completely flat, making the shoe truly excellent for balancing and turning. To me, the most beautiful characteristic of the shoe is that it allows the artist to whisper.”

Photo: E.Patino