Halloween is coming…and ballet knows how to do eery with elegance! Ballet offers plenty of scope for the imagination when thinking about Halloween. The Romantic period was a time when pointe work was introduced to give the appearance of the supernatural, with en pointe meaning dancers could glide over the floor in a ghostly, ethereal manner.
With fantastical plots, magical themes, dark characters and the other worldly feel of ballet there’s a wealth of ideas from the world of ballet to inspire you this Halloween. We’ve had a lot of fun picking out ballet inspired Halloween images to share with you over on our Pinterest page. Head on over there to see fantastical ballet costumes from The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, ghostly Giselle and the spellbinding Sleeping Beauty. With fairies, witches, ghosts, curses, spells, magical shoes, fantasy creatures and spellbinding costumes you’ll love these ideas. Nudge us if you see any beauties we need to add.
We absolutely love this YouTube demonstration of Halloween evil witch make-up from Scottish Ballet. See how you can go from being a beautiful witchy queen to an evil one in under one minute! Scottish Ballet are touring Hansel & Gretel with special versions for ‘wee’ people – see our what’s on page for tour dates and locations.
Finally, we just had to share this image of ballerina Marie Taglioni, who is credited with being the first dancer to dance on pointe (on the very tips of the toes):
Have a really fun Halloween and see if you can mix eery with elegant using inspiration from the world of ballet 🙂
– the Twinklesteps Team