Check out this excellent article on ballet pointe shoes over at The Atlantic
. Suzanne Fischer notes and argument by Whitney Laemmli that the pointe shoe helped to make dancers' bodies more streamlined, and made the dancers themselves interchangeable machines. Also, people used to cook and eat the shoes of the dancers they were fans of? Well.
In other news, I keep singing the little soft version of this song
in my head, over and over? Problematic/adorable!