Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Getting her first pair of pointe shoes is an important milestone for a young ballet dancer. From then on, throughout her ballet “career” (whether she becomes a professional or not), her pointe shoes will play an important role in shaping her dancing and her physical form. Ballet’s strict aesthetic requirements demand visually long body lines. Pointe shoes are uniquely able to meet those demands by augmenting and extending a dancer’s physical body. Through choosing, personalizing, training with, and eventually “killing” pointe shoes, dancers incorporate the footwear as prosthetic extensions of their own bodies and intentions. As a result, prosthetic pointe shoes play an integral role in the performative and objectifying realities of ballet dance.
Dassler, Georgia E., "Prosthetics in Performance: Exploring the Relationship Between Ballet Dancers and Their Pointe Shoes" (2017). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1132.