How Royal Ballet dancers prepare their pointe shoes
My name is Yasmine Naghdi. My name is Yuhui Choe My name is Claire Calvert. Getting your first pair of pointe shoes is an exciting experience. I think my first pair of shoes were a size two and a half! Each pair has a character, I call it character because it’s very individual. and how I make my pointe shoes for myself is my job. Everyone has their own routine to prepare their shoes. I have a layer of felty, fabric material in the shoe I just pull that out because it creates a bit of a lump in your foot, which can be really uncomfortable. Then I darn the ends of my pointe shoes it helps them not to slip and I think it looks really beautiful and extends the line of the foot. I carry around a Stanley knife, scissors, general sewing stuff, in case I rip a ribbon or some elastic comes off. I personally like to know what I’m going to get when I step on stage. So, I would tend to wear the pair of shoes during the ballet class before so my foot has a chance to feel what it’s going to feel like on stage. It’s actually really interesting to look at the shoe that comes out of production that goes to the shoe room and is then put in our pigeon hole and what they actually look like once we’ve hacked them to pieces and made them into the shoe that we want them to be. The shoe goes through quite a big process We have so many demands put on the dancers that if we didn’t have the support of our shoes we couldn’t deliver to the high standards that we do. This Season I started to count how many pairs I’ve worn already It’s about twenty pairs! It’s only been two months. It’s very important to have a shoe that really fits you well and works for you. For us, pointe shoes are one of the most important things. Without pointe shoes ballet doesn’t exist.