Saturday, August 31, 2013
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.