Pro Pointe Shoe Hacks from Royal Danish Ballet Principal Ida Praetorius
Royal Danish Ballet principal Ida Praetorius shares how she personalizes her pointe shoes. First up, she goes into her unique darning technique, followed by an explanation of the extra special ribbons she loves. Click here for more on what's in Praetorius' dance bag.
For many a bunhead, "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is not just a holiday tradition, but a rite of passage. The variation, with its tinkling celesta, bourrées and petit battus, is one that all ballet dancers are familiar with, and getting the opportunity to perform it often represents moving into new realms in your training or career. Such was the case for Soviet ballerina Ekaterina Maximova. In this 1957 clip, the 18-year-old aspirant performed the Sugar Plum variation at a ballet competition, where she represented the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.