Not Just Ballet

I present to you another backstage “moment”… to be honest, I feel a little guilty when I know they have no idea I’m filming, but sometimes the opportunity is just too good to pass up!

The story here is that the dancers were performing excerpts from our upcoming production Don Quixote at a DISCOVER DANCE performance. And while the young dancers were strutting their stuff on stage, the professionals off stage were whipping out their own dance moves as well. And I’m not talking about ballet.

The Ugly Truth

While everyone in the audience gets to see the ballerinas in their pretty pink pointe shoes, not everyone gets to see what is happening underneath those satin shoes.  What is my toe armor?  Masking tape on the big and little toe with a paper towel in each foot for cushion.
Pointe Shoes Ballet Toe Tape
No two dancers do exactly the same thing.  Check out these tape jobs.
Pointe Shoes Ballet Toe Tape
Pointe Shoes Ballet Toe Tape
Pointe Shoes Ballet Toe Tape
Pointe Shoes Ballet Toe Tape
Still think ballet is pretty?

The Fallen Headpiece

A fun part of my job is getting to occasionally shoot video backstage. I grew up dancing, so it feels familiar, but I’ll admit, it’s SLIGHTLY different since it’s one of the highest caliber ballet companies in the country…

…but whether you’re a part of a big scale professional company or a small local ballet school, live performances can always be unpredictable! Last year, I was following/filming Jessika during Nutcracker and I captured these dancers’ dilemma of what to do when a snow hair piece hits the stage: