Vid Trippin': New York City Ballet “Pointe Shoes”

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

A short film takes you behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet, and the story plays out on both sides of the pond, in the Big Apple, and Big Ben’s backyard—the point of origin for those punishing pointe shoes.

After a couple months touring and preparing for their next string of shows, the company returns to the Lincoln Center stage May 1, 2012 with Balanchine’s first ballet choreographed in America, Serende, and two of his later works. Then the following week, Natalie Portman chairs their Spring Gala, featuring a new ballet by her Black Swan beau Benjamin Millepied with costumes by Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

This video by Galen Summer gives you a better look at the dancers’ most important accessory, and includes a few ballerinas taking a trip to the Freed of London factory where their pointe shoes are made to personal specifications.

For those traveling to New York and taking in a show at Lincoln Center, the Mandarin Oriental is just a few blocks away (and offers astounding views of the city).

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