RVA Ballet’s Cinderella Promises Inspiring Dance, Fashionable Shoes
I must start by staying that Cinderella is my favorite fairytale of all time. So much so that my parents would call me Beckerella when it was time for me to do my chores.
And it wasn’t Prince Charming I was after either. It was that glass slipper! With this iconic slipper in mind, the Richmond Ballet recently partnered up with VCU Fashion in creating a shoe design contest inspired by their latest ballet to take the stage, Cinderella. Kate Crowder, Richmond Ballet’s public relations extraordinaire, explained, “when you think shoes, of course, you think fashion, so reaching out to the talented students in the fashion department at VCU seemed like a natural fit.”
Each student designer was given a week to create a sketch inspired by the classic fairytale. The Richmond Ballet dancers and costume staff then selected a winner whose design was brought to life. Very Project Runway. Clayton Storm Hall, a sophomore in the Fashion Design program at VCU, leaped at the chance to take part in this contest. Hall has been “inspired by the beauty and grace of ballet” many times when creating new looks. It was the glossiness of glass and the elegance associated with dance that motivated his shoe design. Anya Rudolph, also inspired by balletic aesthetics, created a modern day glass slipper using satin ribbon typically seen on pointe shoes.
The mystery of the lost slipper is what inspired young designer and contest runner up, Maura Lora. Her creation included whimsical lines and stunning gems. The winning shoe design, created by Serena Townsend, incorporated soft bows and the thing that every princess needs, bling!
(click the images below for detailed shoe designs)
All of the glittering sketches and Serena’s dazzling peep toe blue shoe will be on display at the Carpenter Center during the entire run of Cinderella. Richmond Ballet’s Cinderella (click link for tickets) runs February 14-16 at the Carpenter Center.
Rebecca A. Ferrell, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is a dance educator, choreographer and performer. She is currently the artistic director of FDANCE, a project dedicated to her work as an intervention dance artist. Rebecca holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a MFA in Dance from Arizona State University. She is currently adjunct faculty at VCU Dance and is in charge of dance curriculum at John Tyler Community College. When she is not dancing, Rebecca is making cupcakes, breaking hearts, and obsessing over the color pink.
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