Why a Pointe Shoe Fund?
Made by hand with materials such as satin, glue, and leather, pointe shoes are constructed with extreme precision. One pair of pointe shoes can cost between $75 and $100. They are designed to break down and mold to the foot of a dancer allowing for those breathtaking moments we see on stage during CCB performances.
But they don’t last long. Some pairs only last a single performance; others at most, one week of rehearsals. That’s why the Company spends thousands of dollars on pointe shoes each year.
Your tax-deductible donation will help keep CCB dancers gracefully on their toes!
Did you know….
- A Principal Dancer will often have to wear one new pair of shoes in every single performance.
- For very demanding roles, like Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) or Sugar Plum (The Nutcracker), it is not unusual for a ballerina to go through multiple pairs of shoes in one evening.
- Young dancers must study ballet for several years before going en pointe; it requires a great deal of strength in the legs, ankles, and feet as well as strong turnout
- Cost $80-100/ pair and typically lasts for only 8-12 hours for professional dancers.
- Are custom crafted by cobblers from around the world to suit each ballerina’s particular specifications and preferences.
- Last 1-2 rehearsal days and only 1 performance on average as they are constructed with layers of satin burlap, tissue paper, flour paste reinforced by cardboard and leather.
What could your contribution provide?
- $10 could pay for ribbon for five pairs of shoes
- $80 could pay for a pair of pointe shoes
- $400 could pay for pointe shoes for one principal dancer in Nutcracker this year!
- $1000 could pay for a pair of pointe shoes for every soloist in Nutcracker.