Brown ballet shoes made for first time - BBC News

  • Published on Nov 11, 2018
  • Pointe shoes in brown and bronze shades are being made in the UK for the first time.
    Ballet Black, whose dancers are all of black and Asian descent have worked alongside shoe manufacturer Freed to create the new shoes.
    Dancers Cira Robinson and Marie Astrid Mence spoke to the BBC about what it means to them during rehearsals for their latest show.
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Comments • 540

  • ChocolateCookie Edits

    They Look really nice but Everything doesn't have to change.

  • Ciara Boone
    Ciara Boone 2 months ago +2

    This is just crazy that shoes you wear have to match your skin color. I’m colored and 12 yr and people judge me for to do this type of dance.

  • Carmelita Robinson
    Carmelita Robinson 2 months ago +1

    I work for the ballet and as a African American, I'm proud to see the change. BOUT TIME!

  • Isolda
    Isolda 3 months ago

    in this house we love black ballerinas! xx

  • horse1066
    horse1066 3 months ago

    Black people are ruining ballet, it's part of white culture but you stand out a mile, you destroy the aesthetic because everyone ends up looking at just you.

  • GHOULii
    GHOULii 4 months ago +1

    People in the comments sections are so mad like this is honestly affecting them like they’re honestly going to force all white dancers to wear brown pointes or something. Could you imagine forcing a group of people to wear a certain color because it looks better on the majority.

  • GHOULii
    GHOULii 4 months ago +1

    I see a lot of people saying these girls are being dramatic because pink is the professional color but don’t forget they make solid black ballet shoes as well as soils white. Which are far more professional looking. And actually when ballet first came around White was traditional as it had a ghostly effect but they switched a pink as it blended in better with the dancers and kept the line . So it wouldn’t make sense for brown dancers to want brown shoes as it fits their line better

  • Melanin Beats
    Melanin Beats 4 months ago

    U white people are bunch of boring whiny babies

  • Bad Drama101
    Bad Drama101 4 months ago +1

    Wow..the amount of racist triggered people is unreal. No one said ballet shoes were racist. And no. It isn’t cultural appropriation.

  • PriusRaj
    PriusRaj 5 months ago +1

    Imagine being so racist you start bitchin' about girls being happy they have shoes that match their skin tones for the first time.
    God forbid we let black girls stay happy.
    Y'all are sick, and need help.

  • captaincrazy 123
    captaincrazy 123 5 months ago

    Cultural appropriation ballet was made by white ppl

  • Victoria Pickard
    Victoria Pickard 5 months ago +1

    I never thought of pointe shoes, or any other type of dance shoes, as something that's supposed to match your skin tone. My tap shoes were black and every pair of ballet shoes I've owned have been a light pink. I think it'd feel weird to me if I wore something that matched my skin color. I guess it's a personal preference thing.

  • Nyx_Ares
    Nyx_Ares 5 months ago

    Jesus can we leave this useless race bullshit to the USA. Fuck off.

  • Vida TV
    Vida TV 5 months ago

    I'm mixed and i sometimes wish that black people would back off they're so weak they can't just do this themselves white people always have to capitulate to them forget them and their needs and their wants they need to grow up

    • TheZombifiedFairy
      TheZombifiedFairy 5 months ago +1

      Wtf are you on about? Black people are weak for exposing inequalities? The weakest person is that who does not stand up for themselves and for what is right.

  • Magnus
    Magnus 5 months ago +2

    Why didn't they just make em themselves?

    • Magnus
      Magnus 5 months ago

      +TheZombifiedFairy I am talking about blacks in general.

    • TheZombifiedFairy
      TheZombifiedFairy 5 months ago

      You're assuming they have the time, materials, and know how to make them...

  • TheTruthIsRacist
    TheTruthIsRacist 6 months ago +2

    It's OK to be White Ballet Shoes.

  • Foogle Droogle
    Foogle Droogle 6 months ago +1

    LOL keep it coming BBC
    you make more white nationalists everyday than the KKK ever could.

  • Cobra Commander
    Cobra Commander 6 months ago +1

    Stop appropriating other people's culture, you racist bigots. When European cultural heritage is appropriated by non-Europeans, no one bats an eye, if a white person dresses as a geisha and performs a Japanese traditional dance, everyone --- except for native Japanese --- gets freaking outraged!

  • Vegtam Returns
    Vegtam Returns 6 months ago

    BBC are globalist communist Jewish propaganda. Do not pay for a TV license, if you do you are supporting white genocide. Cheers.
    P.S Watch The Greatest Story Never Told. You can thank me later!

  • rodster6
    rodster6 6 months ago

    So only white people can wear white shoes and black people have to wear black shoes? Odd.

    • TheZombifiedFairy
      TheZombifiedFairy 5 months ago

      Not really. The shoes are meant to look like extensions of the legs. No black person has white feet

  • Angie Alzalde
    Angie Alzalde 6 months ago +7

    Just because the point of a story or situation has gone over your head (meaning you're incapable of understanding it from your personal perspective in life) doesn't mean that its wrong or is unimportant. Just chill and let these people by happy with their shoes. Jeez...🙄

  • Kiriza22
    Kiriza22 6 months ago +1

    So as a normal person, I should also wear shoes and clothes close to my skin tone?

  • Faithy Wray
    Faithy Wray 6 months ago

    I'm buying my niece a pair! She is 12 and now officially in point shoes! Her poor feet :(

  • Swervedriving
    Swervedriving 6 months ago +1

    I just love how none of the righteous commenters I've witnessed so far seem to be aware of the basic fact that, nowadays, ballet dancers frequently perform modern choreography without tights, which requires you to wear shoes that will not break your line in the manner pink shoes against a brown complexion would. It's really quite bizarre that people are so eager to slatter their ready-made opinions onto things they clearly to not understand enough to care about. (I'm saying this as a former pre-professional student who just so happens to have darker skin, and who had to dye her shoes in situations similar to the one previously described)

  • Laura Lauretta
    Laura Lauretta 6 months ago +4

    I never met a pink skin person in my whole life ... I mean pink like ballet shoes... 😂😂😂

  • Mallory Kane
    Mallory Kane 6 months ago +1

    Gaynor did this a few years ago and has more colors, hardly the first.

  • Jizeru1
    Jizeru1 6 months ago

    I get that the news story was pretty fuckin wild but I think the shoes are really pretty tho.

  • waiting 90 days to change my name is funded by the BBC.

  • Fixedguitar
    Fixedguitar 6 months ago +1

    First ever brown ballet shoes???
    Citation needed!

  • A B C
    A B C 6 months ago +1

    Typical race baiting nonsense from the BBC

  • Hannah Sophia
    Hannah Sophia 6 months ago +1

    Wait what? I didn’t know pointe shoes were meant to blend into your skin tone...

  • Charline
    Charline 6 months ago +1

    The comment section is disgusting

  • Caryl Bird
    Caryl Bird 6 months ago

    I began ballet lessons at 4 years old, my ballet shoes were brown leather with orange ribbon ties! This w as at Berkamstead, Hertfordshire, UK

  • Duke Temz
    Duke Temz 6 months ago +1

    Nude shoes not "White" or "Black" shoes, these exist for predominantly white ballet dancers, but not for black dancers.

  • spf_fishing
    spf_fishing 6 months ago

    this is the news......

  • grytlappar
    grytlappar 6 months ago +1

    Why are people so damned butthurt about this? It's beyond me. It's not a zero-sum game, people. Just because you give people of other races something they might want, it doesn't take away anything from white people. Jesus... I don't understand the aggression.

  • Jazmyn
    Jazmyn 6 months ago +4

    Been waiting for this my entire life. I'm sick of having to paint and dye my pointe shoes. It's about time.

  • Clockwork Man
    Clockwork Man 6 months ago +1

    i seem to remember another group that wore 'brown shirts'

  • andreas Spanashis
    andreas Spanashis 6 months ago +1

    This is bbc 2018? Are you really pushing me to start watching Russia today? Because i am really considering to make it my main news channel.

  • Ronnie
    Ronnie 6 months ago +2

    It's about time. Now great black dancers can focus more on their beautiful art instead of worrying about shoe color.

  • mrmichaelmw
    mrmichaelmw 6 months ago

    100s of more important news around the world and UK but they gives us shoes:)

  • Khan Tilich
    Khan Tilich 6 months ago


  • Green 505
    Green 505 6 months ago

    Ballet was fouded by white Europeans. Blacks now claiming they invented ballet is a little silly.

  • Hapalon G
    Hapalon G 6 months ago +1

    Interestingly, they are not confused by the color of sugar, milk or salt sold everywhere? What kind of torment and horror a white person should experience when sitting in the toilet and something brown begins to crawl out of it.

  • yay
    yay 6 months ago

    the shoes look beautiful :d

  • quiflington
    quiflington 6 months ago +3

    This is both hateful and extremely racist. Cultural appropriation at it's worst. This is a white art form and there's plenty of white ballet dancers around that they could hire.

  • Ruth Park
    Ruth Park 6 months ago

    Good news!!!! Ballerina's feet still make me feel pain.

  • O k o i
    O k o i 6 months ago +1

    Its just shoes I swear everything has to be a big deal

  • Chichopuente
    Chichopuente 6 months ago

    What?! They have been selling them in practically everywhere! This is not a brealthrough, this should be a warning on how isolated America actually is

  • Susan Auslander
    Susan Auslander 6 months ago +1

    Wow I do competition point and those are amazing so glad they made them

  • benbow7
    benbow7 6 months ago +5

    The BBC - sowing grievance, division and resentment since 1922.

  • senap ketchup
    senap ketchup 6 months ago +1

    now black people can do ballet good for them

  • lovejesus12012
    lovejesus12012 6 months ago +1


  • justanotherwhitegirl a
    justanotherwhitegirl a 6 months ago +1

    White people be crazy in the comments below. Just warning you all ahead of time.

  • Comic Book Guy
    Comic Book Guy 6 months ago +8

    Ballet is European culture... No blacks appropriating our culture, thanks.
    Sorry, I don't make the rules!

    • Comic Book Guy
      Comic Book Guy Month ago

      ​+Stephanie Simon You're right, I AM being insincere, but a dislike of blacks is not the truth behind my insincerity.
      I only care about blacks partaking in our culture's artistic dance because "woke" people like you started slinging accusations of "cultural appropriation" at any white person doing something or using something which is not a product of European culture.
      You don't like the game, the "you can't do that 'cause you're the wrong colour"-game? Then you (people like you) shouldn't of started it.

      Pray tell, "Europe was" what "before you people came along"?
      I have no idea what you think Europe was before Europeans.

      Speaking of omitted history (not the American bullshit, or indeed the bullshit history of any modern, liberal, western nation), here's a fun fact which you people are bound by your "white devil" narrative to deny...
      Native African blacks captured other native African blacks (of conquered tribes/kingdoms) and sold them into the Atlantic slave trade. Certain African kings made a lot of money selling fellow black Africans into slavery.
      Another fun fact from omitted history: The Arab enslavement of blacks was older, longer, broader and arguably more inhumane than the European enslavement of blacks.
      And another fun fact from omitted history: some US free- blacks kept black slaves, as did some native Americans. In fact, one tribe-- who agreed to a resettlement plan with US government -- protested the fact that their black slaves wouldn't be made to accompany them. Another tribe officially protested the abolition of slavery.

      But hey, you just ignore historical fact so you can get through the day.

    • Stephanie Simon
      Stephanie Simon Month ago

      +Comic Book Guy all your " this and that belongs to the European Culture" Sh*t. Just say you don't like seeing blacks doing ballet, don't go claiming oh it's European Culture.
      True history (not the American Bullsh*t), tells you what Europe was before you people came along. I guess you (and those who feel the same way you do), chose to omit that part, when it comes to reading about real history huh?

      I'm not going to get into details because your going to believe what you want regardless of what I say or try to prove, so like I said before; whatever gets you through the day.

    • Comic Book Guy
      Comic Book Guy Month ago

      +Stephanie Simon What is it that I've said that are you claiming to be a lie?

    • Stephanie Simon
      Stephanie Simon Month ago

      +Comic Book Guy 😂😂😂 you actually beleive your own lies? You people are something else. 😂😂😂😂
      Whatever gets you through the day.

    • Sofia Bravo
      Sofia Bravo 5 months ago +1

      witch, please and will still twerk and do it better.

  • Susan Diane Howell
    Susan Diane Howell 6 months ago

    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn...and a time to dance;”
    - Ecclesiastes 3:4

    • quiflington
      quiflington 6 months ago

      Is there a time to be gay? Cause I'm waiting for that time to roll around.

  • killroy
    killroy 6 months ago +1

    Wow this is racist

  • Neighborhood Nationalist
    Neighborhood Nationalist 6 months ago +6

    Literally only here to downvote.

  • roccomole anti sjw feminazi

    bbc hates white males sexist and rasisit left wing diversity filth

  • Shweta Saila
    Shweta Saila 6 months ago +1

    Why give a fuck abt shoe color? Art is imp not the shoe color. 😒

  • OnDasherOnDancer
    OnDasherOnDancer 6 months ago +1

    The point of having shoes that match the color of your skin is to visually lengthen the line of your legs. In ballet long, lean lines are part of the aesthetic. A lot of contemporary ballets have bare legs and if you have darker legs, darker pointe shoes prevent the distraction of pale pink “ends” on your legs. They have various colors of skin tones in leotards and tights now, why not pointe shoes? It has less to do with the race issue and more to do with the architecture of bodies moving in space. Yes, pink tights and pink pointe shoes are the common denominator in classical ballet, but more companies are moving into modern music, modern choreography and the “tutu” ballets are less common. They are also screamingly expensive to mount and produce. Open the door to the future and walk through it.

  • RM Smith
    RM Smith 6 months ago +5

    I think the brown ones are beautiful!

  • tltinatl
    tltinatl 6 months ago

    If you don't understand the significance of something, that doesn't mean that it's trivial. If you can't understand why something is meaningful, don't assume that it's meaningless. If you don't get it, maybe it's not for you or about you.

  • witch, please
    witch, please 6 months ago +1

    Comments must be from White Americans, Brits aren't usually as racist.

  • witch, please
    witch, please 6 months ago +2

    Black Girl Excellence ✊🏿👸🏿

  • dan mitchell
    dan mitchell 6 months ago +2

    tick tock,tick tock time running short for satanic paedophiles and paedophile protectors,must shift attention towards race baiting to divide the people more,the pain and anguish you cause apon going to be tenfold all the wars,death and destruction you have caused? and for what? so you can carry on telling us how to think how to speak how to act....what have you ever done for us? except take more and more

  • StealthyMonk
    StealthyMonk 6 months ago +1

    BBC love to point out the minute differences between races - keep reminding people of the differences and thus divided - it's the BBC's owner's bread and butter. Understanding this is key to disarming these propagandists. Do not fund this corporation.

  • MAN vs TECH
    MAN vs TECH 6 months ago +5

    Specifically made for black people
    That is called RACISM
    when do learn

    MOON MAN 6 months ago +1

    Why do people make all about race? And those dudes are gay, plus one of them have boobs

  • Gabriel
    Gabriel 6 months ago

    Modding? i'm pretty sure this channel had more dislikes than likes until not long ago, well it wouldn't be surprised if that was the case.

  • The Amazing Channel
    The Amazing Channel 6 months ago +6

    I never knew how racist and oppresive ballet shoes were.... until now.

    • Hamguy Bacon
      Hamguy Bacon 6 months ago

      glad you have come to the light, remember to use the phrase people of color, we must bring back jim crow.

  • Alignment Six Trading
    Alignment Six Trading 6 months ago +1

    I would think ballet shoes comes in a variety of colours based on the entire outfit rather than skin tone.

  • Susan Pepper
    Susan Pepper 6 months ago +1

    The brown shoes will definately be easier to hide dirt than the pink ones

  • Kianglek Tan
    Kianglek Tan 6 months ago +2

    Should "Orientals" get "yellowish" shoes?

  • Kenny B
    Kenny B 6 months ago +5

    Cultural appropriation?

  • Huckleberry Fickle-Tickle-My-Fingold

    The Ballet Black company she works for claims to be all for diversity, yet has no white dancers, only black and asian.
    How can that be diversity?
    What about a sprinkling of whiteys, or is that a problem for you?

  • Miriam Gargoyles
    Miriam Gargoyles 6 months ago +1

    More left-wing bigotry.

  • Péter Kiss
    Péter Kiss 6 months ago +4

    BBC promotes white genocide.

  • Lilly Kelly
    Lilly Kelly 6 months ago +6

    As the mum of a professional ballet dancer -
    I cannot believe that this really
    Simple this has taken so long for someone to work out 🙄 ! You are inspirational women. Congratulations for your extraordinary idea and seeing it through. 💖

  • Gifty Agyekum
    Gifty Agyekum 6 months ago

    In my perspective ballet is a kind of dance that I really like, the dresses and shoes the dancers wear are so beautifully made.. I think those who dances are entitle to wear any type of shoes whether black or white. Ballet shoes are colourful and beautiful

  • ScorpionSensualTouch
    ScorpionSensualTouch 6 months ago +1

    I can see if variety colors was for a choice, not for fuckin' race. Damn, every day now something stupid created, done or said divides us. Miss me with this shit.

  • Libertarian
    Libertarian 6 months ago +1

    BBC, unwatchable black biased crap.

  • Un - Known
    Un - Known 6 months ago +2

    lol no shoe makes the skin color

    MrCHINBAG 6 months ago +2

    Another made up story, by the BBC

  • Googl Selzmiyinfo
    Googl Selzmiyinfo 6 months ago +3

    The comments are hilarious. Pale racists getting butt hurt over ballet: priceless.

    • Em E.
      Em E. 6 months ago +3

      😊 I'm LMAO.

  • Friedrich Marx
    Friedrich Marx 6 months ago +4

    This sad AF, shoe colour is news.

  • buttgoo magoo
    buttgoo magoo 6 months ago +4

    Rascist group of ballerinas promoting a rascist shoe..disgusting

  • JuxDeLux
    JuxDeLux 6 months ago

    im buying some...i dont dance...or anything near. I work in a office and am a certified CenAm/AA woman. it going down

  • Pepe TheFrog
    Pepe TheFrog 6 months ago +1

    Perfect for the Nutcracka

  • i i
    i i 6 months ago +5

    Wow that's so nice, talented and gorgeous. We need more of this stories

  • Martin Shkreli
    Martin Shkreli 6 months ago +1


  • Tim pierce
    Tim pierce 6 months ago +1

    Lol camt have white ones that is racists man this world is fucked

  • Claudia Claudia
    Claudia Claudia 6 months ago +1

    Real talk,,,,,,Black people do everything better.....respect

  • Samuel Davidson
    Samuel Davidson 6 months ago +3

    Wow that's ugly. It's disgusting how other cultures try to steal beautiful European culture but scream and murder when Europeans want a slice of other cultures. Imagine a ballet school that only accepted students of northern European ethnicity? The hypocrites would have a meltdown and riot in the streets!!!

  • Danny Richie
    Danny Richie 6 months ago

    Thats pretty gay

  • Letty Lunasical
    Letty Lunasical 6 months ago +1

    Lol, some white people are so insecure that non-white people simply having a ballet shoe to match their skin colour is enough to have them in a wild rage. Who are the real snowflakes here?

  • Mico Berta
    Mico Berta 6 months ago

    nothing wrong with a ritual and/or a tradition, in spite of messiness.

  • Nancy Mesek
    Nancy Mesek 6 months ago +1

    Wow! Beautiful.

  • aixelsyd tcefrep
    aixelsyd tcefrep 6 months ago +4

    We wuz ballet dancers 😂😂

  • Grassy Tiger
    Grassy Tiger 6 months ago +1

    Wow way to waste time with this. Paint em black or pink or red who gives a fuck