Dancershoes

Stephanie Sorine

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1979
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Synopsis: To frequently, a dancer's shoes are taken for granted by the public as simply part of a costume to put on for dancing. How inaccurate we found this assumption to be! Ballet dancers spend countless hours preparing their shoes by sewing on ribbons and elastics, selecting appropriate ones for a particular ballet or variation, breaking them in, and painting and cleaning them in order to be able to dance with full liberty to apply their talents completely. According to their own accounts, many dancers in the book spontaneously have claimed that the quality of their performances were influenced by the state of their shoes. For example, Merrill Ashley has stated 'If the shoes are bad, I can't dance freely, and they can make me feel as if I haven't studied at all.' Caral Fracci said of her shoes, 'If something is wrong with them, what I'm dancing can be destroyed."

It is well known that ballet dancers are perfectionists about their dancing, and this goes as well for the care and preparation of their shoes. These dancers have much in common; however, each one has developed a particular relationship with his or her shoes. Their author combined their own words with the personal portraits and shoe photographs to demonstrate how alike - and yet unalike - ballet dancers and their shoes can be. With only a few exceptions, the dancers' shoes shown in the photos here have all been danced in on the renowned stages of the world.

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Title: Dancershoes
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Publication Date: 1979
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