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The Pointe Shoe Room

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It all starts with the shoes

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Photo by Kate Longley

A dancer’s relationship with their shoes is a special one. Ballet slippers allow them to grip the floor, rise to new heights and transcend the ordinary.

The company goes through 7,500 pairs of custom-made shoes every year, and a perfect fit is essential. In the Pointe Shoe Room, among dizzying rows of pink, pearl and russet slippers, our Artistic Coordinator makes sure every dancer has happy feet.

Pointes, pointes, pointes!

The company’s female dancers whirl their way through more than 5000 pairs of slippers each year. At any one time each dancer has several pairs of shoes, in various states of wear, to call upon for class, rehearsal and performance. In the Shoe Room, consignments of new pointes await their moment of glory.

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