Dick Robaisson is the owner of Le Couturier House of Alterations, 550 Mass. Avenue, 2nd Floor in Cambridge, MA. He began his entrepreneurship as a tailor working in his home town of Petionville, a suburb of Port au Prince, Haiti at the age of 13 under the tutelage of his father. He moved to the U.S. in 1989 where he worked at Frank the Tailor, Pacifici in Boston, Bloomingdales and Ermenegildo Zegna on Newbury St. before opening up his own shop there in 2003. He moved to Central Square in November of 2008. We are privileged to have Dick next door to us because he specializes in custom alterations, wedding gowns and quality tailoring. His staff of 4 to 5 part time employees serves the Harvard and MIT communities as well as clients from Connecticut and New Hampshire. His great work, excellent sense of clothing, competitive pricing and superb fitting and experience has earned him great reviews on Yelp as well as well-deserved recognition in Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian and Best of Boston.
Teddy Shoes opened its doors in April of 1957. Much has transpired throughout our 60 year history. My father Theodore ( AKA Teddy ) began the business after completing a mangement trainee program at Filene’s Basement in downtown Boston. With an $11,000 investment and an obligation from his parents to pay rent only if he was able to make money, the legacy of Teddy Shoes began. At one time in its existence, there were 16 different shoe stores that were competing with Teddy Shoes. What enabled the business to survive and actually thrive were the connections Ted had with the factories that would provide closeouts and seconds that provided the latest fashions to our clients at a fraction of the prices our competitors were charging.
In August of 1978, the business had three locations — Cambridge, Somerville and Watertown. His son, Steve had just finished his first year out of college working as an assistant food service manger at the Univeristy of Miami in Coral Gables, FL working 70 hours a week. Ted made his son a proposition to join the family business, and as they say, the rest is history.
In 1993, the nature of the business changed as factory seconds dried up, and competition became more keen. Steve decided to develop a niche business by focusing on dance shoes and apparel. The family-run business has morphed from a busy three store operation into a single location dance enterprise that serves the greater Boston metroplitan community.
As part of our celebration for our 60 year anniversary, this month we will be offering $6 shoes to our clients. All sales are final; only selected styles and styles are available. Layaways are exluded, cash is preferred and offer expires July 31.
Roberto Figueroa is the Artistic Director of Rumba y Timbal Dance Studio. He is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his dance school and is hosting a party on Saturday June 3 between 4 to 11 p.m. at 7 Temple St. Cambridge, MA. 02139. We have known Roberto for many years and are delighted to promote this great celebration. Please visit his Facebook page for more information — https://www.facebook.com/events/1251535708298875/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A201043239915115%2C%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A201043239915115%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D
Below please find the interesting bio of Roberto and his development of his professional career:
Roberto Figueroa was born and raised in El Salvador. As a young child he was strongly influenced by his mother’s passion for Cumbia-a traditional El Salvadorian dance. Eventually Roberto’s growing passion for dance led him to be involved with several folkloric dance teams in El Salvador. In April of 2002, Roberto moved to Boston to pursue his engineering career. He began to explore the Boston Salsa scene and soon fell in love with the world of salsa, as it reminds him of his life and culture back in El Salvador. Shortly after, he was offered a position of Latin Artistic Director for Jam’nastics, a position he held for several years. He has now taken his passion for dance one step further with the start of his own company founded in the spring of 2007. As Artistic Director of Rumba y Timbal Dance Company, Roberto has the opportunity and great pleasure of sharing his culture and love of dance with the communities of the greater Boston area. As a professional dancer and teacher, he enjoys performing in and teaching at workshops and congresses all over the United States, Canada, and El Salvador.
5 Things to Consider when Buying Dance Shoes
Athletes have specific shoes for their indiviudual sports. Similarly, dancer’s footwear are also different from regular shoes. Dance shoes are manufactured in compliance with a dancer’s body to help move freely on the dance floor. Specialized dance shoes can prevent you from potential injuries during their function and also provide stability for knees and ankles. Dance floors can be unpredictable due to their uneven surface, size, and shapes which makes it even more imperative to wear the proper dance shoe. Here are five things to keep in mind before buying a dancing shoe pair:
Choose your shoes with the right fit
The first and foremost step in choosing a dance shoe is to make sure it fits like a glove. Shoes that have too much space in the toe box can flop off after use; conversely, shoes that are crunched in the toe area can cause discomfort and become unusable. One cannot grow a short shoe. When first trying on shoes, make sure they fit comfortably without any stress. In that way, you will have better control and freedom of mobility when attempting turns and twists while dancing.
Sole and upper of the shoes
Sole of the shoes is another important consideration. Ballet dancers will need to decide between full or split sole. Beginners typically opt for the the full sole while intermediate or more advanced ballet dancers usually prefer split soles. For jazz dancing, a rubber patch is usually recommended; for practice ballroom or tango dancing, suede soles are usually advised because the suede grips the floor but also allows for the proper amount of slide. A leather sole is more slippery than suede and is preferred when more slide is desired and also can be used for outdoor use. However, if you have chosen suede sole, you will need to keep the sole clean by using a wire brush after every two or three uses. When not properly cared for, suede soles can become sticky and may not function as desired.
A standard ankle strap that provides support is called a bootstrap. Delicate straps tend to get broken only after a precise wearing of the shoes. To avoid such mishaps, newly developed and modern straps are manufactured which offer additional comfort & protection to the feet. Some prominent types of dancing shoe straps include the following:
> Double X-strap
> Single X-strap
> Round arch X-strap
All of these come with distinct features and serve multiple purposes and need according to the consumers’ choice.
As far as the heel is concerned, thickness and height are two important components to consider. Height for dancing shoes ranges from 0.5″ to 4″. Different sizes of heels serve different functions; for example, a 1.5” — 2” heel is advisable for beginners while advanced and professional dancers often wear 3” and higher. Shapes of heels – block, flared and slim are all a function of comfort, fashion and stability.
Dance shoes have different prices, depending on their comfort, quality, shape and size. Having the chance to be fitted for the right dance shoe and find a large selection at a reputable dance shop is recommended because buying the wrong shoe or an improper size can cost you alot more in the long run. If you decide to buy online, be aware that online stores often can sell poor quality shoes that may appear to be great but may not be that durable. Look for quality products that will serve you well on the dance floor! The decision to buy a pair of dance shoes is an important one – one that may ultimately help you become the confident and polished dancer that you would like to be.