Please Enjoy This Pointe Shoe Christmas Tree

December 16, 2015

Are you just not feeling the holiday spirit this year? Is the Nutcracker inundation—you know, between actual Nut performances and the ceaseless stream of Tchaikovsky playing in every mall in the world—making you feeling a little, well, Grinchy? (THOSE DARN WHOS AND THEIR NOISE, NOISE, NOISE, NOISE.)

Let English National Ballet help you with that. More specifically, let ENB’s pointe shoe Christmas tree help you with that.

Yes. Those lovely Londoners created a pointe shoe Christmas tree.

To clarify: It’s not a tree decorated with pointe shoes. It’s a tree made of pointe shoes.

500 pointe shoes, to be exact.

And it is glorious.


The tree now graces the foyer of the London Coliseum, where ENB just kicked off its Nutcracker run. And as if the finished product wasn’t enough to get you belting out carols and eating sugar cookies, there’s also a delightful time-lapse behind-the-scenes video showing how this holiday miracle—the brainchild of Arnaud Stephenson and ENB dancer Amber Hunt (otherwise known as Photography by ASH)—was constructed.

What’s that sound? Is that the sound of your small heart growing THREE sizes? Yes. Mine too.


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