Discover more tricks to the ballet trade ...
We use powdered rosin on the tips and heels of our shoes to reduce slippage while we dance, as everyone knows. However you might not know that we also use it on our body for partnering! For example I put it on my waist and derrière for Arabian Dance so it helps the men to grip and not slip off the costume or my skin !
We call this ‘the red spay’ ! It’s an adhesive spray to stick tape and dressings on, however us dancers use this to stick our costumes to our skin !! Especially around the derrière area so we don’t get wedgies! Quite an important tool especially for those modern ballets !
Sometimes, for extra caution we sew the costume to our tights !
If you are at home and have run out of thread make like a ballerina and use dental floss! Not all dancers use floss but those who do swear by it to sew ribbons on their pointe shoes. It’s very strong and secure, and makes you feel confident that those ribbons won’t come loose !
We are constantly putting our ballet tights on and off throughout the day which can lead to some serious laddering. But we have a trick for that... nail polish ! Put a dollop on and it stops the ladder extending !
The end of our ribbons are called pigs ears and one of the first things we learn as a little girl is to tuck them in. They sometimes come loose during a show. The way we stop this is to hairspray the knot to make it tacky and sometimes for extra caution, we sew !
We don’t use any fancy massage tools just two tennis balls inside a tubi grip does the trick. It gets those tight muscles loosened, it’s light in your ballet bag and very cheap !
And one for the men!
Their shoes come with two elastics already sewn onto the shoe by one end, the theory is that they will sew the other end onto their shoes in their chosen position. No chance!
Instead of sewing the elastics onto their shoes they tie a knot and slip it over their feet!