About a month ago, the Southern Gent and I went to my former home of Columbia, also home of USC, the place that all Clemsonites eschew. Thankfully my husband, a Clemson grad, was willing to step into enemy territory when he came to visit me before we were married.
On a few of these trips to visit me, we would head over the River and visit with Robert and Julie – good friends of mine that I have known since I was in college. I had a crazy summer job selling books door-to-door and that is how I came to know these great people.
They now have a wonderful daughter who I have had the pleasure of being around since she was about three. This was near the time she fell in love with ballet and now that she is old enough, she wears toe shoes!
I was unaware that you had to be a certain age to don the satin and ribbon footwear. As I learned though, your ankles have to be strong enough to support your weight as you tootle around on the tips of your largest digits. So, while we were there this young lady indulged my curiosity about the toe shoe and showed me how these things were put to use.
I have been fascinated with ballet thanks to my grandmother’s love of this graceful form of dance. I always sit transfixed when I see performances – how do they do that? Well, I learned that there is this little gel sock toe covering that fits over your five little pigs and then you slip the shoe over that gel sock. After that, the wrapping and tying begins.
Elastic band to hold the heel of said shoe in place.
Then, lots of wrapping . . .
and a tuck there.
Ah to be young and relive those youthful days of child limberness so as to master the plié and various feet positions. Since those days have passed me by, I will go and see ballet performances and live vicariously. In fact, there is one here in Charleston tomorrow night!
Alas, I cannot attend. However, check it out yourself! Moulin Rouge will be performed by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at the Galliard Auditorium at 7:00 pm. Now that you are versed in the toe shoe of a ballerina, you will appreciate their performance all the more!