The next time you wonder, “Why are pointe shoes so darn expensive?!” re-watch this video. It shows a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic process behind the pretty, shiny pointe shoes that ballet dancers often take for granted.
From the initial sketches to the final touches, there is so much attention to detail and manual precision that these artisans invest for each and every shoe they make. In fact, the craftsmen personally stamp their work just as a painter would sign his/hers.
Perhaps by appreciating this art we would feel less inclined to start removing nails and banging them against the floor as soon as we remove them from the packaging. But unfortunately, probably not.
Cherilyn's lifelong passion for ballet has opened the door to the next chapter of her journey. Her strong foundation includes training at the School of American Ballet, being a featured dancer with Hartford Ballet and Carolina Ballet, and being co-director/owner of City Ballet Raleigh. She was granted the Affiliate Teacher Award after successfully completing the ABT National Training Curriculum®. A professional career in the industry along with extensive global travel provide her with a unique set of experiences to draw upon as a journalist and audience member. Cherilyn is excited to be sharing her insight about ballet around the world.