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MAKING POINTE SHOES  -  17 July 2013:

This evening was a great opportunity for Ballet Society Members and their guests to learn about the history of the development of pointe shoes and to see how they are made to suit the multitude of different shapes and sizes of feet they have to fit.


Sandie Windsor-Richards, National Manager Dance Productions and Services at J.BLOCH Pty Ltd.,  has decades of experience in this sophisticated craft and together with Assistant, Meredith Citino,  provided a presentation that was totally fascinating.  The audience was intrigued to see the effect that different styles had on the same foot and having Janae Prytherch model the shoes was very effective.

Some beautiful footage on video was shown of Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky in action and Sandie talked of the hundreds of well-known dancers she has fitted and the different emphasis on the care of dancers feet from one country to another – some extremely caring and some not so good.

Committee Member, Emma Hendry, was host for the evening and presented each  lady with a gift plus a special presentation to Sandie for Bloch’s archives of The Australian Ballet Artistic Director, David McAllister’s,  pointe shoes which he used in  Stanton Welch’s production of Cinderella.  Sandie was surprised and thrilled.

Supper was served in The Dancers Deli and guests sat and talked and enjoyed the refreshments provided by the Society Committee.


Photo (right): Emma, Meredith, Colin, Sandie and Janae.

As yours truly was unable to attend the evening, we all appreciate and thank Emma for taking on the role of host and doing such a great job.  

Josie Woodgate OAM
The Australian Ballet Society Inc.


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