Freed of London Make Historical Move With Brown Ballet Shoes For The First Time In The UK

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Brown ballet shoes are to be made for the first time in the UK in a move hailed as “historic” for diversity. Dancers from minority ethnic backgrounds can now get pointe shoes in both bronze and brown instead of traditional pink to match their skin tone. The footwear is made by Freed of London – Britain's oldest manufacturer of ballet kit. Cassa Pancho, founder and artistic director of Ballet Black, a professional company of black and minority ethnic dancers, hailed the news as marking an “historic moment” in British ballet.