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The Evolution of Pointe Shoes

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Katharyn Peterman

on 2 September 2011

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The Evolution of Pointe Shoes Timeline About: By: Katharyn Peterman Conclusion The product was invented in the late 18th century, and were originally worn by men. Before pointe shoes, wires had been used to give the illusion of the dancers "being on their toes".

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:
http://www.dancer.com/hist.php
http://cedricgrosjean.articlesbase.com/shopping-articles/pointe-shoes-a-revolution-in-ballet-1011266.html
http://www.parkenet.org/jp/ttp04.htm
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