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The magic of pointe shoes

From the Ballet School to the Opera Ballet — By Aliénor de Foucaud and Vincent Cordier

How many pairs of pointe shoes does a dancer use on average, how does she handle it? In the 5th division, two young students from the Ballet School discover their first sensations on pointes while dancer Étoile Ludmila Pagliero reveals her manufacturing secrets. Premier Danseur Vincent Chaillet explains the precautions to be taken as a partner. Behind the scenes at the Paris Opera, Octave reveals the profile of an ever-glamorous ballet shoe.    

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