Dance Beat: En Pointe For the First Time

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Most often I am faced with the professional polish exhibited by ballet dancers on stage (above, courtesy of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre). But sometimes it’s good to delve into the everyday activities of dance, often so special in their own way. Recently I accompanied a gaggle of fresh-faced budding ballerinas for that Very-First-Pointe-Shoe-Experience. Read about it in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. And photojournalist Rebecca Droke contributed the accompanying photos in the article and the video (below).

http://www.post-gazette.com/video/?v=2205600546001

But in the end, the professional ballerina will do almost anything to change a hand-made shoe conform to her foot:

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