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How ballet pointe shoes are made for The Royal Ballet

From The Royal Opera House, go behind-the-scenes at Freed of London, the 1929-founded British company that supplies handmade pointe shoes to The Royal Ballet and ballet companies around the world.

Royal Ballet dancers Nathalie Harrison and Leanne Cope visit the Freed pointe shoe factory where they meet the shoe-makers who build their ballet shoes from scratch specifically made for each dancer to fit with their technique and foot shape.

Plus, see The Royal Ballet from the perspective of a pointe shoe (and an attached GoPro camera), starting from the Freed factory to the stage itself:

Combined with the character shoes, elastic, ribbons and detailing relevant to each production, the total cost for footwear is over £250,000 a year.

Next, watch some of our favorite ballet videos: What Happens Just Before Show Time At the Met Opera, Brown Ballerinas – Inside the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and The Washington Ballet’s hardest dance moves.

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