My feet. They are absolutely disgusting I know, but always want to share to my followers both sides of the ballet world- not just the perfect insta pic. I have bunions calluses, every toenail is bruised and grown in weird scary directions. But hey, they are my tool and I give them respect.
When I wear an open toe sandal during summer I paint these bad boys a bright colour to mask everything else ! I never moisturise, us dancers like a dry foot! If they are too soft you are prone to blisters around the nails, on the balls of your feet and the worst ... back of the heel ! I once had a really ( a REALLY ) bad blister on the back of my heel during a Swan Lake run. I thought adrenaline would mask the pain.... I was wrong !
My second toe is bigger than my big toe which caused a lot of stressing on the bone when I was a student. My physiotherapist Moira McCormack took me to see an orthotics specialist who designed a toe separator and lengthener to resolve the problem. It worked. I now make them myself along with many other dancers.
Here is a how-to guide ...
The toe separators last for ages. I only make new ones when I lose my previous, I rely on them so much. Tara, a friend and dancer with The Royal Ballet, made up a song about me losing my separators.. it’s hilarious and very catchy, we sometimes just break out into the song in the dressing room !!
I have had a research, and to buy these products the website is
( this is not an ad, I have not been paid to promote these products, just replying to a lot of people who have asked me if where they can buy these products !)