Building a Better Ballet Shoe


Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) received ArtsWave Grant for “Build a Better Ballet Shoe”, and is teaming up with Polar 3D and Hays-Porter Elementary School to give its students the opportunity to use their problem-solving and decision-making skills to design an ergonomically better ballet shoe through a new STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) case learning opportunity. The Build a Better Ballet Shoe program was developed by Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) along with its case partners: the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Dancewear, Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, Stages for Youth and Cincinnati Public Schools. ArtsWave has awarded PIE a $10,975.00 grant to help fund the development and implementation of this innovative program.

As part of “Build a Better Ballet Shoe,” students will study the anatomy of the leg, computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) modeling and the relationship to a dancer’s technique and movement to develop a ballet shoe designed to provide more comfort and help prevent physical stress and injury.