Collection: Passport Days: Australia, PBT Class and Bloch

On March 7, we travel to our next Passport Days destination: Australia.

We travel to Australia to focus on our ballet foundation and highlight our favorite Australian brand, Bloch.

  • Passport holders can take a free Progressing Ballet Technique class, 11:30am-12:30pm.
  • Save 15% on all regularly priced Bloch apparel, shoes and accessories. Use promo code: AUSTRALIA for online shopping.
  • Passport holders can get their passport stamped and pick up a free pair of Bloch's new Contoursoft tights. 

Progressing Ballet Technique

Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.

Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance with a team of physiotherapists. Marie’s former ballet training was in Newcastle, Australia.

Today's PBT class will be taught by Amy Russell, of Ballet Kalamazoo, who is PBT certified.

Bloch History

During the height of the Great Depression in 1930, Jacob Bloch, a shoe maker by trade, emigrated to Australia from Eastern Europe, bringing with him a profound adoration for music and dance.

Whilst visiting a local dance school, he noticed a young dancer struggling to stay en pointe. He vowed to create a better pair of pointe shoes to help, which is exactly what he did.

The first pair of BLOCH ballet shoes were crafted in a candlelit workshop in Paddington, Sydney in 1932.