“First time I put them on, I felt really elegant and tall, I felt like a flying bird” said Jessica Templeton, 11 years old Ballerina dancing in the Tring Park school for the performing art.
Pointe shoes are not made from wood like many people think. “It has a shank of layers made of canvas and fabric that makes the shoe looks harder, there is no wood in the shoe, if there will be wood it will be heavy” said Chloe Ivey Ray, A point shop keeper at Covent street.
For the surprise, the pointe shoes were created after the invention of Ballet by 200 years, the story began 1795 when Charles- Louis a French dancer and choreographer invented a flying machine to lift dancers upwards, the idea was admired by the spectators, since then dancers started inventing the primitive shapes of point shoes to be used in the Ballet performances.
“Yes, it’s painful but once am on stage, hearing the music and feeling the vibes of the audience I forgot about the pain” said Bedra a professional dancer at the Central school of ballet.
In the modern industry of Point shoes, many methods are invented to reduce the foot pain of the ballerina, one of these methods is the Silicon toe pad, it’s a kind of jell socks to prevent the feet bones from crossing over, it also keeps the toes of the ballerina cushioned.
There is a scene in the “Swan lake” where you can see the black swan in her black Tutu doing 32 turns with her point, this part was described by Bedra as the most competitive one for any Ballerina.
Point shoes has different types “we have different shapes, to suit the various feet structure” said Mrs. Ray.
Inside a Point shop you can find a section of point shoes for the squared toes, other for skinny feet, the dancer should get the one that’s fit her toes in order to be comfortable inside her point shoes.
It’s difficult for non-dancers to put on the point shoes and dance with it, in case you’re thinking of that right now! It takes long time training, preferably from childhood for the bones to be stronger, it takes a lot of strength building to go to the point. Dancers begin with the soft shoes “Demi shoes” then they move to the point shoes after almost 3 years of training.
In case you are curious to see a Ballerina dancing in her point shoes and experience the magical world, you don’t have to miss any of the Nutcracker shows that will be performed on the London different theaters in the Christmas time.