History behind being en pointe

Commentary by Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent

   Being en pointe is every young ballerina’s dream. But do they really know what happens when you go en pointe?
Pointe first began at the Royal Academy of Dance and instead of the traditional pointe shoe you see on modern day pointe dancers, they were heeled slippers, according to History Cooperative: A Short History On Everything.
In 1795, dancers started to dance on their toes with the invention of the “flying machine” by Charles Didelot. In the early 1800s, the first en pointe dance was performed by Italian dancer Marie Taglioni. Russian dancers also used the technique in the late 1880s. The French are believed to have created the “blocked” pointe shoe, but no one is certain who created it first, according to History Cooperative’s website.
Though pointe has advanced throughout the years, the concept is still the same. Dancers are challenged and look as if they’re flying.

 Catherine Wiggins is an eighth-grader at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.


This entry was posted in frontpage, Opinion. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.