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About Us

 

The Shoe Room was established in 1998 to share Canada's National Ballet School's pointe shoe fitting expertise with the broader community. The Shoe Room offers an extensive range of quality dance shoes, dance and active wear, music and books, and accessories. We carry the largest inventory of pointe shoes in Canada with over 7000 pairs on hand!

Pointe shoe fittings are conducted one on one with the dancer and our highly trained fitters to ensure we find the perfect shoe for each dancer. Wearing the right pointe shoe can change a dancer's career, and make their pointe work enjoyable! 

Pointe shoe fittings are done by appointment only. It is necessary to book ahead to reserve a time. Weekend appointments may need to be booked at least three weeks in advance of the day desired. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE!

 

                         

        

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

MEET OUR STAFF


 

Nadia                                                                                                                                     

 

Nadia Randall - General Manager

                                                                                                                        
Nadia joined The Shoe Room in 2002 and has an extensive knowledge of the dance world. She herself began dancing at aged three and was primarily taught by her mother; an RAD examiner and faculty member of Canada's National Ballet School. Over the years Nadia has  played an integral part  guiding our NBS students towards their optimum choice of pointe shoes. She has travelled throughout North America  fitting both Professional Company dancers and students from  private studios. Her pointe shoe seminars, designed for teachers and students, have been invaluable.

Favourite thing about working at The Shoe Room: Leading a great team and watching the business evolve over the years. It is an honour to contribute, if only in a minor role, to a dancer's success.

Favourite product at The Shoe Room:  I love everything we carry but the AinslieWear Celeste - 3/4 Sleeve Leotard with Kara Lace is classic and elegant and a great for all figures and ages.
Also, the Ainsliewear Nadia leotard (for obvious reasons!) I love the edginess of the cut and the black mesh sleeves. ! I am very flattered that Ainsliewear named one of their designs after me.

 


 

Sheila

Sheila Smith - Assistant Manager


Sheila joined The Shoe Room in 2006. She has over 20 years of retail experience, which she is pleased to be able to combine with her life-long love of dance.

Favourite thing about working at The Shoe Room: Watching talented young dancers achieve their goals

Favourite product at The Shoe Room: I love the Manduka Line. it's great for my Yoga class!

 


 

Laurie 

Laurie Hurst - Shipping/Inventory Coordinator

Laurie joined The Shoe Room in 2009. Having previously managed a dancewear store in Niagara Falls her knowledge of dancewear and retail makes The Shoe Room a perfect fit. Laurie has a Musical Theatre Diploma from Sheridan College, and has worked as a professional performer (singer) for many years. She is also a talented baker with a Diploma from George Brown College and worked for many years at Casa Loma, and as a Food and Beverage Manager at Roy Thomson Hall. Laurie's bright personality and exeptional customer service makes her an asset to the team.

Favourite thing about working at The Shoe Room: Being surrounded by the amazing artistic energy of both the staff and the students.

Favourite product at The Shoe Room: The Pointe Shoes! Thousands of them! Every style, shape, and size, all pointing toward a life of elegance, beauty and expression.


 

jaimie

Jaimie Ferrante - Pointe Shoe Fitter

Jaimie joined the shoe room in 2017. She has been around NBS her entire life and completed the full 12 year Associates Programme at NBS in 2013. Since then, she has earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Toronto. Jaimie is very excited to be back at NBS, surrounded by ballet, and the incredible staff that helped to make her NBS experience amazing. She hopes to be able to create similar positive memories for all of the dancers coming into the Shoe Room.

 

Favourite thing about working at The Shoe Room: Being surrounded by ballet and the arts at all times and pointe shoe fittings, especially for first-timers who often have been looking forward to this moment for many years.

Favourite product at The Shoe Room: Pointe shoes! It's amazing how many options there are and how the smallest adjustment can help dancers to find the perfect shoe. I also love the skirts in the Shoe Room, their bright colours can add a lot of personality to a dancer's ensemble.

 

Sally Choi - Pointe Shoe Fitter

Sally joined The Shoe Room in 2016 after completing her studies at Canada's National Ballet School. She is thrilled to share her knowledge and experience from dancing and teaching with everybody who comes to The Shoe Room. 


Favourite thing about working at The Shoe Room:
Fitting pointe shoes and sharing joy of ballet with the dancers.

Favourite product at The Shoe Room: Pointe Shoes and Therapy Balls.

 


 

Corinne Jaggi - Pointe Shoe Fitter

Corinne joined The Shoe Room in 2016.  She has been dancing since she was 3 years old in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary.  Her strong passion for ballet as a child lead her to audition for programs at several professional ballet schools including Canada's National Ballet School.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from York University and a teaching diploma from Canada's National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program.  Corinne is also a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and looks forward to sharing her passion of dance with everyone that comes to The Shoe Room.  

Favourite thing about working at The Shoe Room: Seeing and sharing in someone's joy of dance

Favourite product at The Shoe Room: Gaynor Minden Warm Up Pant

 

 
alicia

Alicia Reynolds - Part Time Sales Assistant, Marketing Assistant

Alicia joined The Shoe Room in May 2017 as a Digital Promotions Intern while completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Retail Management at Ryerson University. After being involved in dance for 10+ years, the opportunity to join the team full time was a great chance to combine dance and online marketing. Catch her taking photos of group point shoe fittings or answering your questions across all of our social media channels! 

 

Favourite thing about working at The Shoe Room: Seeing girls come in with their friends for their first pair of pointe shoes. They’re always so excited and its an amazing energy to be around!

Favourite product at The Shoe Room: Definitely the Ainslie Allegra leotard! Its basic with a little something extra, which I absolutely love. I’m also a sucker for the scrunchies. 

 


 

 

Gabrielle Browne - Part Time Sales Assistant

Gabrielle joined The Shoe Room in 2015. She started her dance training at the Queen St. Conservatory in Kitchener On., taking jazz, lyrical, ballet and hip hop. Now she is in Toronto pursuing her love for Visual Arts and Mechanical Engineering at George Brown College. With 5 years of sales experience under her belt she is super excited to join The Shoe Room team and throw herself into the world of dance once again.

 

Favourite thing about working at The Shoe Room: Learning about all the history behind pointe shoes and being able to share this special experience with the students and staff members that come in.

Favourite Product at The Shoe Room: I love the cozy Mirella Warm Up and Sansha Overalls! They’re like hot chocolate and a good book in clothing form.