Come Enjoy the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy | ABC4

Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute sat down with Nicea DeGering and Surae Chinn for ABC4’s “Daily Dish” to talk about the upcoming production of The Nutcracker.

Did you know that:

  • Each pair of ballet shoes and all of the shoe ribbons are dyed to match a dancer’s skin tone, with various types of ribbon used depending on the feel and stretchiness a dancer prefers (every dancer sews on her own shoe ribbon).
  • A dancer goes through about 88 pointe shoes in a year (there are 36 weeks is their work year).

For these behind-the-scenes tidbits and more, watch the full video here!