Ballet Life Behind the Scences

By: Wendy Neale

A girl's feet take the most excessive abuse during her years in ballet. From the beginning she must build up calluses for protection when doing pointe work, and there will be very few moments while she is dancing that her feet are not sore...

Dancers wear various forms of protection around their toes. Lamb wool is recommended, although it is by no means used exclusively. Tissue or pieces of thick plastic bag are frequently wound around toes before they are put into pointe shoes.


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