Ask Colin – slippery stages

15 July 2009 | By Colin Peasley

Dear Colin
My daughter is 12 ½ and she is about to venture a few ballet solos en pointe. This is a big challenge for her, one that she is looking forward to. Can you tell me what professional dancers do to their shoes so they do not slip on stage? Please don’t say rosin, as theatres don’t allow this product.
Jayne Holmes

Dear Jayne,
If the stages you are about to dance on have rubberized linoleum coverings (either Tarkett, Rosco or similar flooring) then they are non-slip and you will not have any trouble dancing onhello@behindballet.com.au

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