Eric Underwood is a soloist with the Royal Ballet. While on tour in Italy last summer Underwood posted a video of himself “pancaking” his ballet slippers with make-up before a performance and questioning why there are no ballet slippers for black dancers.
Since then Bloch has been working with Underwood and developed a shoe in the the color they are callingÂ “Eric Tan.”
“The simple acknowledgment that there’s a need for a new flesh tone is groundbreaking in the world of ballet,” Underwood explains. He hopes other manufacturers will follow suit.
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