Ballet is a beloved art form that has been around for centuries and remained a popular part of culture. But there’s a lot about it that lots of people do not know. Here, we reveal some of the most surprising facts about the dance and the ballerinas that regularly perform it.
40. A lot of work goes into creating a tutu
The tutus that ballerinas wear for their performances take a lot of time and energy to make. They involve 300 feet of material, take around four days of work and can be as much as $2,000 to own. And the high cost all adds up, because dancers get through up to 150 tutus in their careers.
39. Ballerinas get through two or three pairs of shoes each week
One of the biggest costs in ballet is the shoes. Ballerinas typically go through pointe shoes at a rate of three a week. Sometimes, a pair won’t even last a night for a principal dancer in a production such as Swan Lake. The Ballet Theatre in Pittsburgh once revealed that it spends $100,000 each year on just shoes for its dancers.