Charles-Louis Didelot

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Charles-Louis Didelot was born in Stockholm, Sweden back in 1767.   His father Charles was the dance master to the King of Sweden. He studied in Paris with Jean Dauberval before moving to London to study with Jean-Georges Noverre in 1788.

In 1801, at the invitation of the Russian Imperial ballet he arrived in Saint Petersburg to be the director of the Imperial Theatres and a dancer.   His dancing career ended in 1806 following an accident. He died in Kiev in 1837 he was 70.

What you may not know about Charles is that he was the creator/inventor of the ballet shoes. In his time at Kiev he delivered 40 full ballets raising the Russian ballet to unprecedented heights.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good moring, James Dray and those ballet slippers and toe shoes are in big demand and made by many companies.... Tammy wore her fair share of both...

Sep 23, 2019 02:49 AM #1
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Looking at the date he had to stop dancing and his death at 70, which is not very old, watching from the sidelines must have been difficult for him. He left his mark, though!

Sep 23, 2019 03:36 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Have always thought the ballet shoes looked uncomfortable.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 23, 2019 04:17 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. As a size 13EE, never thought about ballet shoes. Maybe boots! Enjoy your day.

Sep 23, 2019 04:56 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... I'm a huge aficionado of classical ballet... but had never once thought about who invented ballet shows... and now I know.

Sep 23, 2019 05:37 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well I guess he put his best foot forward.

Sep 23, 2019 05:38 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - you sure keep us aware and on "our toes" with your always informative posts about historic figures who might otherwise be unknown to most of us.  

Sep 23, 2019 06:51 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

In my humble opinion  the ballet shoe is worse than water boarding. When I was in high school, my girl friend took and had been taking ballet for more than 10 years. Her friends and her feet looked horrible from those shoes James Dray 

the dance is beautiful but...

Sep 23, 2019 07:03 AM #8
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Iknow many dancers hate the shoes, but guess without them they could not perform as they do. Always interesting the people you bring to us every day.

Sep 23, 2019 08:05 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Every dancer has special shoes and it helps them with the end results I hear but they must hurt.


Sep 23, 2019 08:24 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

He would certainly dance circles around me, but then again I have never even had the slightest interest in dancing, haha.

Sep 23, 2019 08:52 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I never took ballet but I find some of the other comment interesting!

Sep 23, 2019 08:59 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Well, although we enjoy the ballet, I have never thought of the shoes and who made them.  Thank you for that information.  A

Sep 23, 2019 09:05 AM #13
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon James. I love the ballet and go whenever I can. Thios is a great story.

Sep 23, 2019 12:35 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I took ballet for several years but had no idea who designed ballet shoes. 

Sep 23, 2019 04:02 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, Interesting story.  Another one of those inventions that we don't realize someone had to come up with the idea.  Thanks for sharing.

Sep 23, 2019 09:16 PM #16
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is amazing how something that we take for granted made such a difference to ballet dancers.

Nov 13, 2019 03:21 PM #17
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