I have been in ballet at my new studio for about a year. Like I said, I am going to stop calling it my new studio because it’s not new any more. But what is new is now I have pointe shoes! I am super excited to begin dancing in pointe shoes. If you look at my Pinterest page you’ll see some really great pointe shoes like this one or this one. There are lots of websites, blogs and you tube videos on the internet about how to sew pointe shoes. Some of the tutorials are very detailed and some are not. My teacher helped me pick the area of my shoes that I am supposed to sew, but it’s up to me to get the ribbon and elastic in place.
I did some research and found that in 1681, women began to dance ballet. The modern pointe shoe is attributed to a Russian Prima Ballerina from the 20th century named Anna Pavlova. Ballerina was once a rank given only to the most exceptional female soloists. In opera, the informal equivalent is diva, which means a distinguished singer. There are two types of ballerinas, prima ballerina assoluta and prima ballerina. To be recognized as a prima ballerina assoluta is a rare honor and it is reserved for exceptional dancers. The title is so rare that since 1894, there have only been 12 dancers named prima ballerina assoluta! The second highest title given to dancers is the prima ballerina. There have been about 132 women named as prima ballerinas. I will talk more about ballerinas in a future blog. Now, on to the sewing……….
A needle, thread, elastic, ribbon, lambs wool and cushions.
Cut the ribbon and elastic.
Sew the elastic into the back of the shoes.
You have to sew the elastic on both sides of each shoe.
Now the shoes are ready for the ribbon…..
Well, it took me longer than I thought it would! My teacher said with practice I will be able to sew both shoes with elastic and ribbon in less than 30 minutes. Tomorrow, I’ll sew the ribbon and tell you more interesting facts about pointe shoes!