Offstage, Joffrey dancers step out in boots, heels
Feet, don’t fail me now. That is surely the clarion call of every dancer, but especially the women of the Joffrey Ballet, who spend most of their working hours in pointe shoes, and whose feet are a matter of life and breath.
So what do these thoroughbred artists wear when pounding the pothole-ridden streets of Chicago, negotiating the ups and downs of public transportation, and preparing for their Chicago Dancing Festival performances this week at the Auditorium Theatre and in Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion?
You might be surprised. Only rarely is it a safe little pair of ballet flats like those worn by so many non-dancers these days. Impact-softening sneakers also are only a sometime thing. Comfort is important, but boots and wedges — and yes, heels — often win out. Fashion is a consideration.