Pointe shoes are a dancer's most vital tool. We need your help to keep them 'en pointe'.
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 20 female dancers. Each shoe must then be carefully prepared – elastics and ribbons are sewn on and some hammering to soften them!
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.