The Pointe Shoe Project

Charlotte Youth Ballet has been dedicated to providing community outreach since its inception over 40 years ago. Our current outreach includes both public and private performances of selected works by our dancers, as well as providing tickets for Title I schools to see our special school/preview shows. This program offers children the opportunity to witness the art of storytelling through dance, set to classical music.

In order to support this outstanding program, CYB created the Pointe Shoe Project. Artists, both professional and amateur, decorate, paint, and create works of art with old, used pointe shoes. These works of art are then auctioned or sold during our performances with proceeds going to benefit CYB outreach programs.

Contributing artists receive recognition in our The Nutcracker program, which is available to audiences at each performance. Professional artists receive dedicated space on our webpage and social media to direct patrons and interested parties to their other works of art.

Artists will be provided with as many pointe shoes as they request and creativity is encouraged! (Idea starters for decorated pointe shoes can also be found on Pinterest.)

If you are an artist who would like to contribute a shoe, please contact

Pointe Shoe Project