We were very sad to farewell our resident Ballerina Rhiain Fernie, but we wish her all the best as she pursues her career in the US where she is currently undertaking a traineeship with the ballet company “Ballet Magnificat”
Before she left us however she shared with us an amazing performance & her tools of the trade.
They are called pointe, have wooden toes, cost $100 per pair & she goes through a new pair every fortnight.
Rhiain usually buys them in bulk & stocks up every 6 months.
We love this collection above of pointe shoe art she made – a shoe for every country she has ever danced in.
Her favourite one is this blue tutu which is worth about $1000 but she bought it second hand for $600.
It was made by Kate Geldard (former Australian Ballet dancer) – it has amazing detail & embellishment.
This pink tutu is made by tutu maker Ros Terpening. It is made of stretch lycra & was also bought second hand for $200.
Bloch is her favourite store for dance clothing essentials & they have a huge range of leotards in all colours & styles. Our favourite is the Mirella Merrina Sunray. It is super comfy with a feminine yet sexy back.
Rhiain however prefers to get her leotards custom made & design her own.
In our last class she also shared with us an amazing performance of the Spanish ballet Don Quixote where she danced the role of Kitri (Act 3).