Photo: Gene Schiavone.
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Pointe Shoe Fund
Why a Pointe Shoe Fund?
Made by hand with materials such as satin, glue, and leather, pointe shoes are constructed with extreme precision. One pair of pointe shoes can cost between $75 and $100. They are designed to break down and mold to the foot of a dancer allowing for those breathtaking moments we see on stage during ABT performances.
But they don’t last long. Some pairs only last a single performance; others at most, one week of rehearsals. That’s why the Company spends nearly five hundred thousand dollars on pointe shoes each year.
From Myrta’s extraordinary bourrées in Giselle where she effortlessly glides across the stage, to the fierce execution required during the Black Swan pas de deux during Swan Lake, your tax-deductible donation will keep ABT's dancers gracefully on their toes.
Scroll down to learn more about pointe shoes from a few of ABT’s rising stars and to make a secure contribution to the Pointe Shoe Fund. Thank you for considering a gift to such a necessary and much needed Fund.
Nicole GranieroCorps de ballet member
"During the fall season I used a different shoe for each piece of rep: red for In the Upper Room, shiny pink for Symphony #9, flesh for Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, and ballet slippers for Rodeo. That’s a lot of shoes!
"I get my shoes pre-made to my specific needs. You can special order shoes to be harder, or with a higher or shorter vamp. It can take years to find the perfect shoe and by the time you find it, your foot has changed, and you start all over again."
Nicole Graniero in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.Photo: Gene Schiavone.
To learn more about the Pointe Shoe Fund, please contact the Membership Office at 212.477.3030 ext. 3218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.