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Even the Sugarplum Fairy Could Benefit from These High-Tech Ballet Shoes

Kelsey Pommer, Sr. Coordinator, Digital Media Marketing, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™

What could possibly make the Nutcracker’s Waltz of the Flowers and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy even more beautiful? The answer is – technology. While classical ballet and innovative gadgets don’t always seem to go hand-in-hand, designer Lesia Trubat has found a way to marry the two, giving dancers insights into their movements they’ve never had before.

E-Traces” is a small device that is attached to a dancer’s pointe shoe, developed by Lilypad Arduino. The device then measures movements by recording every time the shoe makes contact with the floor.

Lesia talked to the Huffington Post about this new project:

"The idea is that this project could be extrapolated to other dance disciplines (even [disciplines] not related to dance like other sports)," she explained to HuffPost. “The applications are varied. From self-learning -- or showing the steps in dance classes -- to the graphical representation of live performance." Dancers could view the movements they've made in video format, extract stills and analyze them. There's room to correct choreography and document it in new ways -- even on a phone.”

Check out “E-Traces” in action in the video below:

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