Emma Cheeseman

I was so excited to hear that Melbourne City Ballet's Annual Pointe Shoe Appeal has secured the generous support of Creative Partnerships Australia through its Plus1 program. This is fantastic news for us as it means, for a limited time ALL donations received to our Pointe Shoe Appeal will be matched dollar for dollar – in other words your contribution will DOUBLE and can turn your donation into a perfect pair of pointes for one of our dancers.

And in even more exciting news for the Company, earlier this year we also received our DGR Status so all donations over $2 are now tax deductible! I hope that you will consider supporting not just my journey, but the journey of all our dancers and donating to our Pointe Shoe Appeal. Our supporters are truly an integral part of our story.
 

 
 Emma Cheeseman  Company Artist

Emma Cheeseman
Company Artist

 
 
 Emma in her role as the Wicked Witch in Melbourne City Ballet's  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz . Photo: National Photography

Emma in her role as the Wicked Witch in Melbourne City Ballet's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Photo: National Photography

performance pointes

I had such an incredible time performing the Wicked Witch in our production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. During this production I had to wear Black pointe shoes that were specially painted to match my costume. It is always a bit harder when we have our pointe shoes customised to our costumes instead of the usual pink satin as it means you can't necessarily just grab another pair if something happens to them. I was very careful with my allocation of shoes through rehearsals and performances so they didn't wear out too quickly and our costume department didn't have to paint too many shoes!

 Emma working hard at the barre. Photo: Cass Cheeseman Photography

Emma working hard at the barre. Photo: Cass Cheeseman Photography

pointe prep

During rehearsals I alternate between two pairs of pointe shoes. This makes them last a little bit longer and hopefully helps to make them smell less! Generally my rehearsal shoes never make it onto stage so I will just sew elastics on that cross over my arch instead of ribbons, this saves me lots of time and effort in sewing (and is much quicker to put them on and take them off)

 Emma on board Spirit of Tasmania for Melbourne City Ballet's inaugural tour to Tasmania

Emma on board Spirit of Tasmania for Melbourne City Ballet's inaugural tour to Tasmania

personal highlight

This year I had the opportunity to tour throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and Tasmania. What an amazing experience! The highlight for me though was performing Hypolita in my hometown of Bendigo during our National Tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

I am excited to finish the year with The Nutcracker and look forward to returning to the MCB studios in 2018!