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New brown ballet shoes made for non-white dancers

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By ITN News Editor November 5, 2018 13:50

New brown ballet shoes made for non-white dancers

For the first time ever in the UK ballet shoes have been made to better match the skin colour of non-white dancers. Made by Britain’s oldest manufacturer Freed of London, the new pointe shoes are available in bronze and brown instead of just the traditional pink. The ballet gear makers worked with dance company Ballet Black, whose dancers are all of black and Asian descent, to create the new shoes. Previously dancers would have to use foundation makeup to darken the standard-issue pink shoes. ‘Ballet Black’ junior dancer Marie Astrid Mence said that having shoes that match her skin tone made her feel lucky.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 5, 2018 13:50
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