Have you ever thought about all of the places your shoes have taken
you? For a Ballet Memphis dancer, their shoes don’t simply take them from Point
A to Point B. Shoes are essential to the
art of dance. The ability to fly across the stages of the grand Orpheum
Theater or the intimate Playhouse on the Square, happens only with the right
shoes. For our dancers, the perfect fit is
Each season our dancers wear through 180 pairs of pointe shoes
and 200 pairs of technique slippers. That means that a dancer’s shoes must
be replaced every few weeks, if not sooner.
That becomes especially important with pointe shoes. They are
handmade in London to each dancer’s specifications, a process that can take up
to eight months, so ballerinas usually
prepare several pairs at a time, rotating them so that
yesterday’s pair has time to regain its shape.
The cost per pair is $100, but they
still may last just a week or two. It all
adds up to an annual
shoe budget of more than $30,000 for our 23 dancers. That’s why we are launching the
Pointe Shoe Fund.
Will you help keep our dancers on
their toes by making a gift today?
From the craftsmanship that goes into making the
shoes, to the thousands of hours of preparation to deliver on-stage
precision—every Ballet Memphis performance is the result of an unwavering
commitment to excellence.
You can match this commitment by making a gift to sponsor a pair
of shoes today. When you
give, you own a piece of the production and you can take pride
in knowing you are part of a team determined to keep the arts alive on our
stages and in our community.
Thank you for keeping us en pointe!