How Ballerinas Customize Their Pointe Shoes

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As we all know breaking in new shoes is hard work. Pointe shoes must be broken in to reach the perfect state. Many ballerinas destroy their brand new pointe shoes even before dancing in them.

Each ballerina has her own routine how to customize the fit and support her dancing style. Hours were spent on scraping, ripping, crushing, sewing, and burning, only to end up with a shoe that is uniquely tailored to the ballerina.

Jessica Fyfe – Corps de Ballet, Natasha Kusen – Coryphée, and Amber Scott – Principal Artist, all ballerinas of the Australian Ballet, share their secrets what they are doing with their shoes.

Olivia Boisson is a corps de ballet member with New York City Ballet. Boisson has been with NYC Ballet for seven years. As a corps member, Boisson dances 10-12 hours a day, six days a week. She took a break from her busy schedule to show us how she customizes her pointe shoes for performances.

Thanks to Olivia Boisson and the Australian Ballet for allowing me using their videos.

Read my blog How pointe shoes are made
Read in German „How to dance on pointe?“
Wie kann man auf der Spitze tanzen?

I am working on 2 interviews with ballerinas asking about breaking in brand new pointe shoes. If you have questions or want to know more, please let me know.





Autor: ballettlovers

I danced ballet as child, albeit with little success. Despite this, my passion for ballet and dance has carried into adulthood. I still love to watch ballet performances and would love to share my passion with you.

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