We need your help to keep them on their toes during our 50th anniversary.
Pointe shoes create a beautiful illusion but their journey from factory to stage is lengthy and complex. The shoes are hand-crafted and fitted to each of our 18 female dancers. Each shoe must then be carefully prepared – elastics and ribbons sewn on and some hammering to soften them!
Scottish Ballet will dance through around 1,400 pairs of pointe shoes in 2019. Keeping the Company ‘en pointe’ during our Golden Year will cost £56,000 (that’s £40 per pair of shoes).
Male dancers ballet ‘flats’ are often fitted a size too small, or shrunk by the dyeing process, enduring an uncomfortable warm-up but knowing they will expand when they sweat to ensure, the perfect fit.