Stage dimensions and wing space vary, some climates are hard on the body and the floors on which they must dance can be slick, sticky- or raked! A raked stage is one that slants downward from the rear of the stage to the orchestra pit, allowing the authence a full view of the dancers and patterns in the choreography. "All of the stages I dance on are covered with dance flooring, so I cut off the satin of the tips of my pointe shoes so I don't slip and so the tip will always look neat with no stray satin," says American Ballet Theatre principal Michele Wiles.
Uphill Battle Laura Di Orio Pointe; Dec 2008/Jan 2009; 9, 6; Docstoc pg. 94 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further r
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