Don’t know how I’m going to do this, but I’m thinking of sending a questionnaire to several ballet companies asking the female dancers (1) if they darn their pointe shoes, (2) why they darn their pointe shoes.
Let me know what you think of this idea. I was taught that darning was passe’ (this was back in the 1970’s/’80’s) and that it got that way because it made the shoes look awful, and also because it was potentially dangerous, as the threads could catch on something on the floor and send the dancer tumbling, possibly with a broken ankle or something worse.
I came back to being a ballet fan about 6 years ago and what did I see? A passel of darned shoes. I don’t know if dance flooring is better now than it was — I expect it is — but I can say that darned shoes look awful.
So anyway, let me know what you all think before I make a total fool of myself, lol.