E-Traces technology makes ballet even more impressive

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Published Nov 1, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 7:12 am CDT

Designer Lesia Trubat has created a unique technology for dancers to track their movements on the dance floor. Trubat studied ballerinas and observed how they moved and realized that if she paired a LilyPad Arduino board with a ballerina’s pointe shoes she could record the pressure and movement of their feet. The technology, “E-traces,” gives dancers the ability to review their choreography by video or images that have the capability to be printed as a hardcopy.

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Pointe shoes are specifically designed and fitted with the technology which allows dancers to retrace their steps.

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Dancers view their movements on a different app.

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The lines represent motion and pressure. 

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*First Published: Nov 1, 2014, 1:00 pm CDT