Watch: How dancers prepare their shoes for the stage
Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson give a behind the scenes look at a vital process as part of our Pointe Shoe Appeal
Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson, The Royal Ballet Principals fronting this year’s Pointe Shoe Appeal, recently took time out of rehearsals to explain the importance of footwear in ballet.
‘Our shoes are so important to us,’ says Edward, ‘ You have to feel like you’re in the right shoes – sometimes if I’m wearing the wrong shoes it’s like I’ve got someone else’s legs on – it’s a really odd feeling!’
All the shoes worn by The Royal Ballet are handmade and many of the dancers have their shoes custom-made by one shoemaker throughout their career, such are the precise demands of the art form. Jane Latimer from the Pointe Shoes Room explains: ‘Mara, until recently, has been completely reliant on Bob Martin who made her shoes from the moment she came into the Company. It was a terrible day when Bob retired because the dancers get very used to their particular maker’
That said, he did make a huge surplus for Mara and she will be dancing out her Royal Ballet career in his Innovation shoes. You can win one of the two pairs she wears in her final performance by making a donation, of any size, to the appeal.