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Watch: How dancers prepare their shoes for the stage

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson give a behind the scenes look at a vital process as part of our Pointe Shoe Appeal

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

10 June 2013 at 11.50am | 2 Comments

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson, The Royal Ballet Principals fronting this year's Pointe Shoe Appeal, recently took time out of rehearsals to explain the importance of footwear in ballet.

'Our shoes are so important to us,' says Edward, ' You have to feel like you're in the right shoes - sometimes if I'm wearing the wrong shoes it's like I've got someone else's legs on - it's a really odd feeling!'

All the shoes worn by The Royal Ballet are handmade and many of the dancers have their shoes custom-made by one shoemaker throughout their career, such are the precise demands of the art form. Jane Latimer from the Pointe Shoes Room explains: 'Mara, until recently, has been completely reliant on Bob Martin who made her shoes from the moment she came into the Company. It was a terrible day when Bob retired because the dancers get very used to their particular maker'

That said, he did make a huge surplus for Mara and she will be dancing out her Royal Ballet career in his Innovation shoes. You can win one of the two pairs she wears in her final performance by making a donation, of any size, to the appeal.

Find out more about the Pointe Shoes Appeal and make a donation now

Mayerling runs 28 April–13 May 2017. Tickets are open to Friends on 7 December 2016. General tickets will be available on 24 January 2017.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

10 June 2013 at 11.50am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged ballerina, by Kenneth Macmillan, competition, Edward Watson, footwear, Mara Galeazzi, Mayerling, pointe shoes, Pointe Shoes Appeal, Production, Rehearsal, shoes

This article has 2 comments

  1. Fiona Joy Howe responded on 13 June 2013 at 7:26pm Reply

    Good luck to Edward and Mara tonight! Thank you Mara for continuously bringing the best of ballet to the stage! You deserve the best send off an I will certainly add to the applause! Love to all The Royal Ballet :D x

  2. Anne von Aichinger responded on 14 June 2013 at 3:04pm Reply

    Dear Mara

    While on a visit to London in October 2010 I had the privilege of attending the ROH and seeing you dance in Onegin in 2010. You were absolutely brilliant and I still remember that climatic finale you gave! With gratitude and all good wishes for your future.

    Warm regards from Bern, Switzerland

    Anne von Aichinger

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