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Ballet Business : Pointe shoes deconstructed

January 20, 2011

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Ballet News, pointe shoes,

It’s Not Magic; it’s linen & often flour It’s not magic that keeps a ballerina on her toes – it’s a mixture of materials – often burlap, flour, dextrine*, paper, potato starch, rough and smooth leather, coarse linen, satin, papier-mâché, held together with glue of a secret formula. You may have seen dancers strutting about, […]

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Ballet NEWS exclusive | Behind the scenes at English National Ballet as they rehearse Romeo & Juliet

January 9, 2011

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dancers rehearsing

On-stage the ballet dancers you see have, if everything goes according to plan, perfected the art of concealment.  That is, hiding from you, the audience, the effort needed to make ballet look beautiful and, well, effortless. Especially when it comes to wearing pointe shoes. That effort begins and is perfected in the rehearsal studio.  At English National Ballet, the […]

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