The Art of the Pointe Shoe
Whether they are stinky, old, and torn up, or brand new with shiny satin, we find these pointe shoes equally gorgeous and almost as mystical as the dancers who wear them.
Now that is a ballet hat. Ha!
As your feet are worn & bloodied, remember the wear is daring. It's stunning rips and tears are from movement of starting and continuing. The story of grand and grotesque. Simple and supple. The wear is your victory. The wear built your strength. The wear is where you live knowing your not standing still, but moving and that, is beauty-filled.
Photo: ROBERT MAXWELL. Jennie Somogyi, 29, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. "I've been a professional dancer for 13 years. I was on pointe at 8 years old, just one year after I started dancing, because my ballet teacher thought I was strong for my age. She told me never to pamper my feet. A lot of dancers tape their toes, but she said I shouldn't: If I was ever without tape, I wouldn't be able to dance."