smulnik wrote:Hi Valery & all,
Loving the shots!
I hope you don't mind if I add some information about the dance gear.
Any items that are worn over the feet and shoes in order to keep the shoes clean (it is a cardinal sin to track dust and dirt onto stage), as well as keeping the feet warm, are generally referred to as shoe covers/cases. What the dancers are wearing in the photos are more specifically called "warm-up boots". The Repetto brand that they're wearing is a bit pricey. They're the latest fad in dance fashion. I don't blame the principal dancers for not taking them off while they're outside. If they get any small rocks or dirt embedded into the soles of their shoes, it can adversely affect their performance on stage. Other popular things that dancers might wear over their shoes and feet are soft-soled Mukluks, leg warmers, or heavy socks.
The "trash-bag" pants that the dancer is wearing in the photo above were popular around the 1990s, but it's not uncommon to see them being worn today. Another recent fad that's still around is wearing lightweight puffer vests to keep the upper body warm, especially during rehearsals in cold theaters.
Too much info??? Sorry.
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