How to Pancake a Ballet Shoe

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Pancaking a ballet shoe means that you use a makeup product like foundation to coat a particular shoe for increased mobility. Find out how to pancake a ballet shoe with help from an experienced classical ballet instructor in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Lori Lahnemann, director of the Philadelphia Dance Academy and the Philadelphia Youth Ballet. In this video, we are going to show you how to pancake your point shoes. Before a performance, dancers usually pancake their shoes. That means they take either a makeup product like a foundation or a calamine lotion is also another really great choice. And they coat their shoes with a light coating of this so that it doesn't reflect the lights when they are on state and distract from their dancing. So ideally you want your point shoe to blend in with your tights and just be one continuous line. And you don't want them to draw attention. So what you'll need is a makeup sponge and either some foundation or calamine lotion. You'll put a little bit on the makeup sponge. You don't want to get it too wet so that the shoes get really wet and soft. And then you just brush lightly a coating over the entire shoe. You don't do the very tip, that will be in contact with the ground. You just do the top part and along the sides. I'm Lori Lahnemann from the Philadelphia Dance Academy, and that's how you pancake your point shoes.

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