We have all been here. So excited to have your first pair of
pointe shoes! But wait, how do I sew my ribbons and elastic on properly?
(Or how does my mom sew my ribbons on properly?)
This question is best answered visually. Please keep in mind that every
foot is individual so what works for me, may not be the best for you. Here is what I do. Try it! If you don’t like it, then play with it and see what suits your foot best!
I sew my elastics just off of the back middle panel of my shoes.
Its roughly, 1cm away from the stitches on either side. I do recommend
to sew your elastic on in a big square pattern instead of simply
straight across. This way, when your foot pulls your shoe, it will pull
the entire shoe starting from the bottom.
When sewing on your ribbons, look for the middle stitched seam
on your shoes. I sew my ribbons about 3cm away from that seam. I again,
would recommend the square stitch style. This way the entire ribbon
pulls even the lower fabric of your shoe up with your foot!
Give it a try and let me know if it worked for you! xoxo -Hol
You’ve just spent two and a half or three hours in your seat watching a beautiful ballet. Have you ever had the thought, “How do they remember all those steps!?”
Ballet dancers have two major tricks up their sleeves.
1. MUSIC. The music does absolute
wonders for dancers. Once the music becomes familiar, the steps are 100
times easier to remember. Even if you haven’t performed a role for
several years, if you hear the music, usually the steps just start
coming back to you.
2. MUSCLE MEMORY. Ballet dancers have a
tool that they’ve been training from the very first day that they took a
ballet class. Our muscle memory is highly tuned. When we are preparing
for a premiere, we practice the steps for 4-6 weeks. Our muscles get
familiar with the sequences, until they are so familiar that we don’t
even have to think about the steps anymore. Eventually, after hours of
practice, the steps just come and we get the luxury to finally let go
Absolutely! If you are like me, where
hair styling is not a talent, then it is a must. I have been that girl
who thought she didn’t need a hairdressers help and then, my hair came
out on stage! Luckily, it was during first-act Giselle, which made it
Having hairdressers is a luxury which
most major ballet company’s have, but (!) never underestimate the power
of teamwork and helping each other, in case a hairdresser is not an
At Royal Danish Ballet, you can choose
to do your own hair but between the wigs, the headpieces, the fancy
braids (Bournonville), the curlers and the slicked back French twists,
most of us choose to take advantage of the help. Boys and girls. It
feels nice to let someone fuss over your hair while you can take a few
moments to calm down and zone out before the curtain goes up. Over time,
the hairdressers become your friends and a permanent part of your
preparation routine before a show. I’m extremely grateful that we have
such lovely colleagues to work with.