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The Evolution of Pointe Shoes
Transcript of The Evolution of Pointe Shoes
The exact inventor of pointe shoes, however, is unknown. Originally pointe shoes were just soft satin slippers with a leather sole and some stitching on the side, similar to a soft ballet shoe. In the current time pointe shoes are made with a stiff sole, leather, burlap, paper, glue, and nails. The introduction of these new products being used have made "going up on pointe" easier, as well as the ability to do more intense "tricks" such as multiple turns, and leaps. Pointe Shoes? Pointe shoes for many dancers are a sort of rite of passage. They give the audience the illusion of the dancer "floating" which in result makes a ballet performance nicer to look at. Major Changes:
In the beginning of the "life" of the pointe shoe, they were very similar to the current "soft shoe",better known as "normal ballet shoes". It's hard to imagine standing on your toes when wearing those, its similar to wearing socks and being expected to stand on your toes. Presently though, the shoe has evolved into the pointe shoe most of us are familiar with, with a box and a hard shank to make it easier to stand en pointe. Citations: