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Pointe Shoe Appeal

Every year Northern Ballet uses up to 3,000 pairs of pointe shoes: each pair so intricately personalised to perfection that you might think our dancers are dancing on water.

A single pair of hand-made shoes costs £35, and depending on the rigorous demands of training, rehearsals and performances, may only last a day!

To celebrate Northern Ballet’s third and final world première of 2017, we invite you to support our special Pointe Shoe Appeal. With your help, our dancers can follow in the little mermaid’s footsteps and continue to find their own feet, season after season.

Make a splash and donate now

  • A gift of £10 could buy a pair of flat ballet shoes for a male dancer
  • £35 could buy one pair of pointe shoes
  • £75 could buy supplies of toe-pads, elastic and ribbon
  • £350 could buy pointe shoes for a dancer for one month
  • £1,050 could buy pointe shoes for a dancer for one production

We are grateful for each and every donation, no matter the size. To say thank you, all gifts will be acknowledged on our website. However if you would prefer to remain anonymous, do get in touch. 

Please note that these are examples of what your donation could provide and costings are based on the average use of shoes/materials. We will ensure your gift is used where the need is greatest.

To find out more please contact Rebecca Crowther or call 0113 220 8000


To see for yourself just how much preparation goes into one pair of shoes, watch dancer Miki Akuta preparing her perfect pair.

With thanks to the following people who have supported the Pointe Shoe Appeal to date:

Pauline Cope, Carol Davison, Dean Eggleston, Janet McNulty and Sharon Williams