If any of you saw "Black Swan" or other ballet movies, you may be familiar with the ritual ballerinas have ahead of a performance: namely, preparing the pointe shoes.
|A soft and a hard pair of pointe shoes drying out|
I ordered another pair in a different shape to try out too
Every dancer has their own ritual. Mine consists of having several pairs of shoes, with different "feels" for different choreography. I like a hard shoe with lots of support if I am dancing on pointe a lot (endless bourres!). For a lot of jumps, my preference is a soft, very broken-in shoe. We mash up the shoes until they feel right. Then we sew the elastics and ribbons on. Lastly, which is what you see here, I put clear nail polish at the ends of the ribbons to prevent fraying (some burn the edges, but I'm a little afraid of pyrotechnics). You see the shoes drying out here.
I imagine that athletes have a similar ritual when preparing for a meet or competition. Are any of you athletes or performers? What are your experiences?
Art work by a local, Bay Area artist. I thought it was an interesting, nearly disturbing, contrast to have the edgy mixed media alongside the satin shoes.