10 Reasons those pointe shoes hurt

Interested in my dance-related fiction? Check out the Ballet Theatre Chronicles ( Off Balance , Outside the Limelight, Ballet Orphans), as well as  A Dancer’s Guide to Africa. Just click on their titles! The long-held dream has finally actualized, and you now own your first pair of pointe shoes. At last! The thrill of calling those … Read more

10 odd facts about pointe shoes

Interested in my dance-related fiction? Check out the Ballet Theatre Chronicles ( Off Balance , Outside the Limelight, Ballet Orphans), as well as  A Dancer’s Guide to Africa. Just click on their titles! Back in the late 18th century, the ballet world decided that female dancers should look ethereal, sylph-like, as if they could fly. A … Read more

Pointe Shoe Haiku

Young girl live for dance Teacher say “now pointe shoe time” Finally dream come true   Torture instrument Blame Marie Taglioni Romantic Era   Pink, peach, all hand-made Burlap, glue, many layers Bring lots of money   Freed, Gaynor Minden Feet on fire, toes squished and numb Soon blisters will form   Shoe hard like … Read more

Why I don’t miss dancing en pointe

Night three of Nutcracker performances when I danced Sugar Plum Fairy, back in the day. Ow. Must confess to more than one bout of crying and “I’m not sure I can go up on pointe – it hurts too much!” rant. But of course I did. With a smile. Oh, my. I do not miss … Read more