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Pointe shoes appeal

As symbols of virtuosity, lightness and sophistication, pointe shoes are used every day by the Paris Opera ballerinas both in the rehearsal studios and on stage. Help finance them and support their excellence... up to the tip of their toes!

Ballerinas use about 10,000 pairs of pointe shoes each season, and an Étoile can wear up to 3 pairs in a single performance. Male dancers use soft ballet shoes, sometimes dyed, and custom-made boots for most classical and neo‑classical ballets. Emblems of the French Ballet School, these ballet shoes are essential to the dancer’s art and allow them to work at their best level every day.

The campaign has already financed more than 3,000 pairs of pointe shoes. Join it and get involved into the daily life of one of the most famous ballet companies in the world!

Each donation corresponds to a concrete need:€60 is 1 pair of pointe shoes;€600 is 10 pairs of tailor-made man boots;€1,000 is 1 month of pointe shoes for an Étoile;€5,000 is 1 year of pointe shoes for a Première Danseuse;€10,000 is 1 year of pointe shoes for an Étoile;€15,000 is all pointe shoes and soft ballet shoes for the performances of Romeo and Juliet

Please feel free to contact Gabrielle Tallon, Major Donors officer, by phone at +33 (0)1 58 18 65 15 or by email at


VIDEO | La magie des pointes, Octave Magazine

ARTICLE | “Brown Point Shoes Arrive, 200 Years After White Ones”, New York Times (4 novembre 2018)

Donors living abroad can enjoy tax benefits from their country of residence.

Please contact us for more information by email at or by phone at +33 (0)1 58 18 65 15

Parrains de la campagne

  • Romarin Billong
  • Emmanuelle Chan
  • Gregory Maes

The Paris National Opera would like to thank Pointe shoes appeal donors for their support:

  • Mevlüt Erding

  • Emmanuel Weyd
  • Jana Jagoe

  • Boris Damon
  • Hélène Mulliez
  • Jean-Etienne Szollosi
  • François Theves

  • Et, Danielle Bechet
  • Virginie Boennec
  • Joëlle Bonnet
  • Coralie Charriot
  • Laurent Cabanes
  • Véronique Daubée
  • Bertrand Deschamps
  • Apolline Dron
  • Mauricette Haas
  • Francisco Javier Iglesias
  • Laurence Lenoir
  • Lucette Vimard

Some donors prefer to remain anonymous.