Friday, February 9, 2018

Ballet: Origins of En Pointe

Marie Taglioni was the most celebrated ballerinas of the romantic ballet and generally credited with being the first ballet dancer to go en pointe . Taglioni was also known for shortening her skirt which was considered highly scandalous at the time. The shorter skirt give a better view of her pointe work. The dancer transformed toe dancing and her grace, lightness, elevation and style earned her an adoring audience and a brilliant career. At the height of the "cult of the ballerina", in Russia a pair of her pointe shoes were sold for two hundred rubles, and reportedly cooked, and served with a sauce to a group of balletomanes.

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