Pointe

 

For most people with even a passing familiarity about the ballet the idea of sticking your foot inside a tiny shoe that you use to help spin around on the tips of your toes seems at the very least painful and in reality something extremely difficult to master and absolutely beautiful to watch when done well. Pointe shoes are the essential tool for a ballerina. However, before a new pair of shoes are used an elaborate and almost meditative process of preparation takes place - a series of steps involving scissors, hammers, pliers, glue, needle and thread, dental floss, lighters and a variety of other tools. Jenna Savella of The National Ballet of Canada goes through an elaborate process of preparing an already magnificently well made pointe shoe so it is ready to wear. Each dancer’s method is unique to their needs while evolving over time.