No dream is ever too small when you love what you do!
Ballet Essentials was created with the purpose of bringing every dancer of every age, from beginner to advanced, to professional not only the essentials of ballet but also the most innovative products, from accessories (BalletBun®Kit) to the most reliable pointe shoes.
We were established in 2013 as creators of the original BalletBun®Kit (featured in Dance Magazine's June 2016 issue), and ever since our new product was released to the dance world, it had tremendous acceptance not only in the U.S., but around the world, because it is a must-have for all dancers... the name says it all, it is a Ballet Essential!
Locally in Miami, Florida, Ballet Essentials owner recognized the need in providing reliable and well fitted Pointe shoes since she had been providing fitting advice to dancers and students who were continuously lacking proper pointe shoe fitting in the area and finally decided to fill in this much needed void in the local ballet community, by opening a pointe shoe fitting store.
Owner Mrs. Julia Figuerola Carpena-Mannucci is an experienced ballet dancer (dancing since 1982) and knowledgeable Classical Ballet teacher who has had the privilege of learning from the world's most acclaimed Ballet Institution, the Official Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow with a Teacher Certification in "Methods of Teaching Classical Dance". Her in-depth knowledge and training of authentic Vaganova Methodology is of great value to those seeking proper fitting and advice from their very first pointe shoe to professional level dancers.
Mrs. Carpena Mannucci was able to finally offer reliable pointe shoe fitting with reliable brands of Pointe Shoes and accessories. With over 30 years in the Pointe Shoe Industry, FR Duval Pointe Shoes are now available locally in Miami, Florida.
Our commitment to Dancers is to always bring top- quality and innovative products to suit even the most demanding needs of dancers today.
Ballet Essentials now offers the most personalized and careful pointe shoe fitting by Ballet Essentials fitting experts.
We are thrilled to be able to work together with FR Duval to offer you the most reliable pointe shoes available, from your very first pair, to the advanced and professional level ballerinas.
Come Visit Us in West Kendall by scheduling your fitting appointment with Mrs. Julia, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule here online.
Do you have any questions? Please ask Mrs. Carpena Mannucci herself by sending her your personal request. She will take the time to answer to your question personally.
Mrs. Julia Figuerola Carpena-Mannucci started her classical ballet training in Lima, Peru in 1982. By the time she was 11 she started intensive training under the direction of Marcela Pardon from Escuela Nacional de Ballet del Peru and DanzArt School of Ballet (Vaganova & French Ballet). Her passion for classical ballet was a life motivation since her early childhood years, and as for all those who posses that commitment, she would rather spend her days at practice than at any other activity. In 1986 she was invited to participate in Escuela Nacional de Ballet performances as a guest dancer. She danced alongside Peruvian first principal ballet dancer, Jorge Rodriguez as his partner in several performances. She participated in international classical ballet competitions winning top awards and a scholarship to continue her dance training and education.
Ms. Julia feels that life is rewarding when you do what you are passionate about, but most importantly, give glory to God in everything that you do and follow God's call in your life. He has a perfect plan for us, according to His will and purpose.
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
In this principle she founded Ballet Essentials, LLC. creators of the original BalletBun® kit and also founded JCS Ballet Academy in Miami, Florida. BalletBun® Kit has been featured in Dance Magazine's May and June 2016 issues.
Ms. Julia has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and has worked in a variety of fields such as the equine veterinarian alternative medicine industry, consumer electronics industry, cargo & freight, and fashion industries in the past, but ultimately she went back to follow her "Call".
Now residing in beautiful Miami, Florida, as a dancer, performer, ballet teacher & master, mom, wife, business woman, and most importantly a woman who stands firm in the word of God, she feels there is still so much to be done in her journey, and knows everything is made possible when we let our Father take the lead.
"Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow" Psalm 25:4
“I have learnt there is no limitation as to what one is capable to accomplish when love, righteousness, discipline, hard work and dedication is the driving force behind one's commitment. I am thankful and thrilled for the opportunity to be able to share, encourage, and contribute to this rewarding form of art."