professional ballerina’s feet

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  1. Literally didn’t believe it for a moment, then googled “ballerina feet” and was kind of blown away. This isn’t rare. They fuck their shit up for their art… wow.

  2. I know a few ballet dancers, I can confirm this is normal and they really push themselves for their craft. As graceful and beautiful as they can look while dancing, the kind of strength and commitment it requires can be extremely hardcore. I used to play in a ballet ochestra and was close to a few of the dancers, by the end of a single weekend, not to mention however often and hard they rehearsed, it was not uncommon to see a girl’s feet like this or in even worse condition. It can be rough to look at, but in an odd way, I really admire what it can say about their dedication to a really difficult and demanding form of art.

  3. When they retire, does the severity of this decrease or do they live with this the rest of their lives? Is it common for some retired ballerina’s to fix this through surgery?

  4. My partner did ballet. Asked her about dancers feet. The following was said (on mobile if formatting sucks, sorry.):

    1. Toe pad allowed for beginners plus tape. The more elite you got, you just weren’t allowed to use anything. No pad, no tape.

    2. The end of the pointe shoes are a wooden box. My partner and her crew would use a lighter to burn the inside of the wood to soften it a little. Apparently it helped. They would also scrape the tips of the shoe on the outside and burn that to get better grip.

    3. They would dunk the shoes in hot water to mold them to their feet. Or put the shoes on and soak their feet in hot water to mold them.

    4. The ribbon you see wrapped up dancers legs in some movies is very wrong and you lose competition points. They are made to support the ankle and never should be tied past it.

    5. They bleed, everything bleeds.

    *edit: grammar*

  5. The only ballerina shoes without blood in them are unused ones. No experience myself, but ive been doing show choir for years and know a lot of people who do ballet, and thats a very popular saying among ballet performers

  6. I did pointe for about 2 years when I was 12-14. I have permanent damage to my feet and ankles (ankle is from a fall during a jump and ended ballet for me). Now I am 35 and my feet and ankles hurt all the time.

    Ballet is a great sport for everyone but be careful with your children’s feet. Make sure the instructor has the longevity of their health in mind while still teaching the art.

  7. If you were the kind of ~~man~~ person who finds a ballet dancer to be the pinnacle of physical attractiveness, but find yourself dismayed by these feet…

    Fear not. I have two words, and they make a great gift at this time of year:
    **Comfy Socks**

  8. How is there no reform on their footwear to mitigate these things? Or is/has there? Something to lessen these effects specifically while maintaining outside appearance for tradition’s sake.

  9. I danced ballet for thirteen years. I feel lucky that my feet never looked like this. I remember times though where I could feel my shoe filling with blood.

    But- my feet today are still very muscular and look strange if you get too close. Muscle bulges all over, huge veins, etc.