Welcome to Crystal's corner.
Crystal Brothers, who has danced with Ballet Memphis since 1996, sets up shop daily in a special place in the studio all to her - complete with a small space heater to keep her muscles warm. Extra knee-high panty hose, worn under her pointe shoes, hang over the bar. She keeps her next pair of pointe shoes heated on a heating pad so that they'll form well to her feet. She wears a rotation of as many as 5 to 7 pairs of pointe shoes at a time (9 to 11 during Nutcracker).
In Oz, Crystal will be playing Aunt Em in one cast and the Wicked Witch in the other. Crystal says she's playing a dream role as the "green witch". It's fun and cathartic to get into the evil character.
Along with Crystal's legwarmers, water bottle, tape, and special sparkly shoes she wears when the pointe shoes come off are rolling and therapy devices, and her handy stash of ointments, salves and "anti-inflammatory goo", all of which she happily shares with company members.
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