A couple of weeks ago, I posted two of Troy Schumacher’s photographs of fellow ballet dancers’ feet, accompanied by some of his thoughts. Since then, there has been a lot of discussion in the comments section about the wear and tear on women’s feet as a result of pointe shoes, with some bemoaning what they see as unnecessary damage and others saying this this is simply how it is.
I don’t have sufficient expertise in this area to weigh in one way or the other, but I’ve followed people’s thoughts with interest. One of the frequent commenters, Esther Juon, has now sent me this PDF, outlining the work she is doing:
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