Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Last Dance

to put away again
Some years ago I had to decide to stop dancing, rather than allow my health to downgrade my dancing I would stop before humiliating myself in front of an audience. I've not worn pointe shoes since that day, not even in private.


I took the last pair of pointe shoes, took them for one last spin and cast one of them into the garbage bin and left the studio. It was gutwrenching. The other of the two slippers I have kept, tucked away in my clothes closet.


Today I took my old friend out of the closet and we sat a while, thinking of old times, the times when I could fly. The ribbon was loosened and the shoe placed on the foot. It still fits, but without a mate I cannot take it for a ride. So with a sigh, the ribbon is tucked around the heel again and the shoe after one more portrait, was put out of sight again.

portrat of an old friend


At 8:28 AM, Blogger SylviaK said...

Dear Aletta,
When I look at your shoes, I feel the emotion and the love and the grief you must feel for the loss of the ability to dance again.
I never achieved the level you did, but still have a love of dance and fascination for toe shoes. I also have a pair a friend gave me about 50 years ago and they are still in my drawer.
The shoes represent beauty and also alot of sweat and hard work!
My love to you,


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