“Ballet Shoes” (1936) by Noel Streatfeild

Illustration: Ruth Gervis (nee Streatfeild) (1894-1988)

“On Saturday mornings they worked from ten to one at the Academy. As well as special exercise classes and the ordinary dancing classes, there was singing, and one hour’s acting class. For these they wore the Academy overalls. They were of black sateen made from a Russian design, with high collars, and double breasted, buttoning with large black buttons down the left side; round the waist they had wide black leather belts. With these they wore their white sandals.”

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