Childhood Gender Impressions: The Historical Conflict of Ballet 1

April 9, 2015 2:46 PM

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Childhood Gender Impressions: The Historical Conflict of Ballet 1

I had been begging my mother for ballet slippers for weeks. Now that I was registered for Ballet 1, she had run out of excuses. I was around five years old and already had an impressive costume collection composed of hand-me-downs, wigs, masks, capes and dresses, some of which I wore to school. I did not, however, have ballet slippers.

Out of the glossy, new box and onto my little feet: black, thin leather with an elastic strap across the top and a dainty little bow. My ballet slippers were perfect. The bow was really more for function than decoration, but I pulled the elastic extra tight so the bow could be as large as possible. ...

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