Asian and Black Ballerinas Can Now Buy Shoes to Match Their Skin Tone


Ballerina shoes have traditionally been more of a pink or cream color, but a collaboration in the UK has developed shoes for non-white ballet dancers. 

A dance company for Ethnic Minorities called Ballet Black and well-known manufacturer of dance shoes Freed of London have worked together to create shoes with colors that include “Ballet Bronze” and “Ballet Brown.”

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So excited to see the news of this #pointeshoe collab between @originalballetblack and @freedoflondon Pancaking, the process of applying makeup to ballet shoes to get a skin tone match has long been a necessity for dancers of colour but this new line will change that. Respect and thanks to Cassa Pancho, Ballet Black’s founder & artistic director. Our childhood selves just got butterflies! #representationmatters #lovenpower Via @originalballetblack: 📷 @tysingleton Featured dancers.L-R: Cira Robinson in #BalletBrown, Marie-Astrid Mence in #BalletBronze & Sayaka Ichikawa in #BalletPink . . . . . #blackgirlcon18 #diversity #PositiveRoleModels #ballet #BalletBlack #beyourbestself #representationmatters #blackballet #diversitymatters #blackgirlsdoballet #womenofcolour #britishballet #historyinthemaking #browngirlsdoballet #blackballerina #brownballerina #blackdancer

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Dancers of color use a technique called “pancaking” to applying foundation or powder to the shoes to match their skin tone.

The new colors have been over a year in the making.

“The Freed of London ethos has always been to develop shoes to meet the needs of each generation of dancer and these new colours continue to reflect this,” according to the collaboration website.

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