If you’re not a Ballet dancer, or not old enough to wear pointe shoes, you might be surprised when a scene of ‘Black Swan’ revealing one of the top ballet secrets!
Wearing pointe shoes is a dream of young ballerinas. Because of its gorgeous feature, pointe shoes is a symbol of becoming a professional Ballet dancer. Nonetheless, it’s hardly easy to wear them. Pointe shoes is thick, heavy and very uncomfortable to wear, actually dance! That’s why none of Ballet dancer wears pointe shoes right away they buy it.
For decades, Ballet dancers figured out how to eliminate the discomfort and make them fit to their feet when dancing. Every dancers have their own techniques to polish the shoes, yet based on the 90% same methods. We bend, massage, strike, cut, wet, heat, and even burn the shoes. Therefore, we call all of those things in once, “breaking in”.
Everytime we start breaking the shoes, of course we miss their beauty. If you’re going to wear pointe shoes for the first time and your teacher asks you to break them, you might be heart broken. But I would say…you have to do it.
Pointe shoes is like your feet’s best friend. How much they know each other, how far they get along with. Make it best fit to your feet, practice hard, and you will shine on the stage!