How Ballerinas Customize Their Pointe Shoes

A big Deal for every Ballerina!

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.

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Ballerina in Sabbatical

Interview with Eléonore Guérineau – a temporary member at Ballet Zurich.

After 13 years of being a sujet in the Ballet of the Paris Opéra, Eléonore Guérineau has taken a year off to further develop her expertise.  Now, Ballet Zurich has offered her a contract as a soloist, with her first performance, “WINTERREISE” premiering 13th October 2018.

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How pointe shoes are made

The secret inside of pointe shoes    

No, they are not made out of wood, and there is no steel in the flat tip! The tip is made of densely packed layers of fabric, cardboard and/or paper hardened by glue. Being extremely sturdy makes it possible to balance the entire weight of the ballerina’s body on a small platform. The rest of the shoe consist of materials such as leather, cotton and satin. The right and the left shoe are identical.

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Wie kann man auf der Spitze tanzen?

Ohne richtige Vorbereitung kein Spitzentanz!

Es sieht so leicht und einfach aus, wenn Ballerinen auf Spitze über die Bühne schweben. Aber unsere Füsse sind nicht für den Spitzentanz gemacht. Ballettanfänger versuchen erstmal auf der Halbspitze, die nötige Balance und Körperspannung aufzubauen. Die Fussmuskeln und Fussgelenke müssen darauf vorbereitet werden, das ganze Körpergewicht zu tragen. Die Balletttänzer wärmen sich vor jedem Training ausreichend auf.  Das Dehnen, Kräftigen und Lockern der Muskeln und der Beine fördert die Beweglichkeit und Stärke.

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Was ist eine PRIMABALLERINA ASSOLUTA?

Nur wenige Ballerinen erhielten diese Auszeichnung

Die allerbesten Balletttänzerinnen ihrer Zeit wurden mit dem Titel „Primaballerina Assoluta“ geehrt. Hier stelle ich die bedeutendsten Superstars der Ballettwelt vor.

Pierino Legnani 1863 – 1930

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Pierina Legnani, photographed during her London tour on the 15th September 1891 – written on the photo is “Signorina Pierina Legnani, Première Danseuse Assoluta”

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What’s the word for a male „ballerina“?

Ballerino – sounds funny or not? 

Ballerino doesn’t sound perfect to me. It seems difficult to find the perfect name, but I googled it and found various terms for male ballet dancers around the globe. In Italy a male dancer is called a ballerino. In France, it’s Danseur. In the English speaking world, boys or men who dance classical ballet are usually referred to as male ballet dancers or just dancers. Weiterlesen „What’s the word for a male „ballerina“?“

The Quantum Ballerina

Congratulations to Merritt Moore for Making FORBES „30 under30“

WOW! What an achievement. Not only has Merritt Moore made it onto the Forbes list this year, but she is also the one and only active ballerina with a PhD in quantum physics from Oxford University!

Merritt shared her secrets as a physicist on pointe – “I really do think it’s made me a better dancer to have done physics and a better physicist to have done dance. You need the creative brain in the lab to think of new ideas, and you need the analytic brain in the dance studio to figure out your center of mass.”

I was lucky to get an interview with her. So enjoy these five questions for the Quantum Ballerina!

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