New York City Ballet – Pointe Shoes: http://youtu.be/XwmwsGT8IQ4
This is a film that my former boss at Ballet San Jose made as part of a class at De Anza College. It speaks to the problems that the performing arts companies have at fund raising.
People who work in the arts do work for a different currency which is the joy of presenting a production for others to enjoy. It takes much more money than ticket sales to support a theater or ballet company.
I’m costuming Crazy for You for WVLO. I’m starting by pulling anything that might work for the show. The rack was empty two hours ago! I have made progress!
How Ballet Pointe Shoes are made: http://youtu.be/fzB1yY2397E
The season has come to an end and it’s always sad to see the dancers who will not be returning next season.
Beth Ann Namey will no longer be dancing with the company after 15 seasons and Ramon Moreno is also retiring from the company after 14 seasons. Their dancing on stage will truly missed. This is a picture of the two of them during the Tribute for Karen Gabay at the end of last season doing her piece called 2-2 Tango.
Other people leaving the company this year are Jeremy Kovitch and Damir Emric both who have been with the company almost as long as I have (I started working in the costume shop in September 2004). Thomas Baker is moving back to Portland to dance with Oregon Ballet Theater again, Katie Meeusen is moving to Columbus to dance with Ballet Met. Mariya Oishi is continuing her college education, which she started while dancing. Brianna Olson will be missed with her dancing and smile. There may be a few more that will move on to other opportunities before next season starts. You’ll all be missed and merde for the next adventure to come!
The year finished on a high note for me. Jacquie thanked me for my hard work and getting the shoes up to date and in order by the end of the season. There had been many concerns expressed to the union through the year and by the time they reached negotiations for next season those concerns seem to have gone away. I must say as with all solutions it is a group effort, there were Board Members who came up with money to help with some of the shoe debts so we could order from some vendors again. The dancers were very understanding once they knew what the problem was and were so patient with me and the process. When I said I was as frustrated as them that I couldn’t get their shoes fast enough I meant it and it must of shown. I must say the Jacquie has been a great support system for me with her knowledge about shoes, I’m not sure what I would have done without her and my boss Bob who gets to listen to me rant at times, but mostly allows me to tease him to help with the stress.
For next year I hope to get the e-.bay shop up and going to sell our overstocked shoes. And somehow also to not have to many left over shoes from now on! Though Ray bringing in two paper boxes of his shoes isn’t helping with that! At least they are flat shoes which I hope are easier to sell.
The Shoe Room will be closed most of the summer. I do like my summers off, though I will be working at PresRep Theater camp and working the Performance camp at the Ballet San Jose School, for one week in June and another in August. So I’m really not off but I don’t have to be at work 9-5:30, which is a BIG BONUS for me.
Off to Portland today. Not really to pick up shoes at The Leotard for Thomas but to visit friends and meet my brother down from Anchorage to watch some of his young fencers in a tournament.
Ballet San Jose’s season is coming to an end with painted and special shoes again. This has been the year of special shoes!
The third and final program of the year is approaching Carmen and Twyla Tharpe ‘ s In the Upper Room. Again we Ave painted pointe shoes for both programs and special shoes for In the Upper Room. Pointe shoes need to be Red for the Bombers for In the Upper Room and the Stompers wear Princess athletic shoes by Reebok. Challenge was finding shoes for the boys that were similar and light weight.
The season will be at the end and I can wrap up the shoes stuff for a month or two. Looking forward to next season hopefully with a few less specialty shoes!
Ballet Shoes (1956): http://youtu.be/ZkUTMevizZk
Dated in so many ways but fun to watch!