? asked in Arts & HumanitiesDancing · 6 years ago

Why do young russian dancers wear socks with their ballet shoes?

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  • Oirdne
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
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    those are not socks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg_warmer

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    thank you.

    In Russian Internet (in Russian language) they write about white socks for young students the next: originally they were obliged to wear socks together with ballet shoes because the floor was wooden everywhere, and during different exercises it was very easy to hurt leg (the area of the foot, facing upwards while standing - I do not know English word for it).

    Nowadays when many ballet classes have new types of floor, it is not so important in many cases. But still many old schools who have old buildings with wooden floor make "socks+ballet schoes" uniform obligatory for beginners. Plus it became just tradition of Russian ballet school. Even if it is not necessary, teachers prefer to follow that tradition.

  • JenGen
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    When I learnt ballet as a child we always wore socks. Tights were not allowed.

    Our official uniform for class and exams was a white tunic, wide blue belt, white socks, and pink satin shoes with ribbons. See little pic on here.

    http://little-details.livejournal.com/2684247.html...

    You might be able to tell I'm quite old!

    They are still wearing socks in class at the Royal Ballet School

    http://www.royal-ballet-school.org.uk/courses.php?...

    Perhaps we are just more practical in Europe. Socks are cheap, absorbent, last a long time, and are easy to launder.

  • 6 years ago

    That's a curious question I never even thought about!

    Perhaps it's because socks are easier for the children to put on? Or maybe because tights involve more drama when it comes to strands and holes, etc...I imagine in the long run socks are a better idea?

    @Wave2012, the asker is asking about young Russian students who wear white socks and no tights for ballet class, like so: http://24.media.tumblr.com/562da84d210fbbdbe1e08b3...

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    hmm. and how do you think they should wear it?

    wave, i think it's about kids who study for fist year in socks instead of tights

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