Each year, Smuin spends nearly $35,000 on shoes to keep our dancers healthy. Please help us fund our shoe budget for our 2016-2017 season by September 18th!
Smuin’s 16 dancers go through over 350 pairs of shoes each year. Having the right shoes is essential to a dancer’s performance, health, and safety.
- Some pointe shoes last just one performance.
- Each pair of pointe shoes is hand crafted by an individual maker, and orders can take up to a year to fulfill!
- Our pointe shoes come from Freed of London, and our dancers have custom fittings to get the perfect fit pointe shoe, which prevents injury.
Erica knows how important new shoes are for her performance capabilities, and for the quality of her health; she uses 30 to 40 pairs each season. Erica shares the bond between her and her shoes:
Even though Dustin doesn't wear pointe shoes, he still has a special relationship with each pair of flat shoes he performs in. He chooses to use leather flat shoes for their stability and longevity, as opposed to a majority of male dancers who wear canvas flat shoes. Dustin explains his unique process:
Erin has been dancing with Smuin since 2003. As a seasoned dancer she values the relationship she has with her shoes:
And her relationship with her shoe maker:
Smuin primarily uses the internationally famed dance shoe maker Freed of London. Since 1929, Freed has handmade pointe shoes in the United Kingdom. They employ over 30 makers, apprentices, and numerous other helpers, to create each pair of shoes. Each maker has their own individual symbol to stamp the shoes, which helps dancers identify their favorite and ensure they receive their perfect pair of pointe shoes with every order. The relationship between dancer and maker is both special and important. If a dancer’s shoe is not to perfection, she runs the risk of sustaining an injury that can end her career.
Smuin is beginning its 23rd season of inspiring audiences throughout the Bay Area. For over 20 years, Smuin has pushed the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly American style. Founded in 1994 by Tony and Emmy-award winning choreographer Michael Smuin, the Company is committed to creating work that merges the diverse vocabularies of classical ballet and contemporary dance. Since 2007, Artistic Director Celia Fushille has enriched the Company’s impressive repertoire with contemporary choreographic voices, commissioned world premieres, and collaborated with inventive choreographers from around the world.
Please join us today to keep our dancers healthy on their toes. Your contribution goes directly toward the fund for our dancers’ shoes, so they can continue to create beautiful performances for you.
See our shoes in action! Click here to buy tickets to our upcoming Dance Series One.
Smuin is a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit corporation. Our tax ID # is 94-3197247. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law.
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