Gaynor Minden Star Reward Contest

Announcing Carmel’s Gaynor Minden Star Reward Pointe Shoe Decorating Contest and Essay Writing Contest!
Two Star Reward packages will be awarded, one for best pointe shoe decoration and one for best essay.

Each Star Reward package includes:

  • 2 pair Gaynor Minden pointe shoes
  • 2 pairs Gaynor Minden tights
  • 1 Gaynor Minden leotard

Contest Details:

Pointe Shoe Decorating Contest
Entrants must decorate an old pointe shoe (please don’t use the ones that mom just bought!) and bring it to Carmel’s Dance Wear by the deadline.  Customers can vote for their favorite shoe in person at the store or on Facebook by liking the photo of their favorite pointe shoe.  The winner will be the shoe with the most votes, determined by adding the in-store votes to the Facebook “likes”

  • Deadline for turning in decorated pointe shoes is before 4pm (closing time) on  Saturday, October 20.
  • Customers may start voting as soon as the first shoes are turned voting closes at 6 pm and Facebook voting closes at midnight on Tuesday, October 30
  • Winner will be announced on Halloween, October 31.

Essay Contest
Entrants must write a 300-500 word essay on a specified topic and turn it in at Carmel’s Dance Wear by the deadline.  Pick only one topic.

Here are the topics:

1. Tell us about your relationship with your pointe shoes.

2. Tell us about your first pair of pointe shoes OR your anticipation about getting your first pair of pointe shoes.

3. What does going on pointe mean to you?

  • Put your name and phone number on your essay.
  • Deadline for turning in essays is before 4 pm (closing time) on October 20.
  • Winner will be announced on Halloween, October 31.

So Danca Days October 20 and 21!

Anne Polajenko

Make your appointment now for an expert So Danca pointe shoe fitting with Anne Polajenko.

Saturday, October 20   9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, October 21   1:00pm – 4:00pm

Light refreshments will be served.



Anne Polajenko is a French-born ballerina with twenty years of performing experience.  Her teaching credits include Point Park College (Pittsburgh, PA), Houston Ballet (Principal Teacher and Ballet Mistress), Ballet Florida, Harid Conservatory and Miami City Ballet where she was appointed Children’s Ballet Mistress in charge of restaging Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker.”

Back To School Sale 2012

15% OFF Entire Purchase!
Sale runs Monday, August 13 thru Saturday, September 29 October 6.

August Store Hours:
M-F, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sat, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

September Extended Store Hours:
M-F, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sat, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Three Sundays, Sept 2, 9 and 16, 12:00 noon to 4:00pm

Back To School Calendar (revised 9-21-12)

**Extended hours END September 22**
As always, if you need pointe shoes you must arrive one full hour before closing time.