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Not Quite A Fetish, The Bond Between Dancers And Their Feet

Hip hop performers, flamenco stars and ballet and classical dancers all have a peculiar tenderness for their feet, which aren't just work tools but extensions of themselves.

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Rosita Boisseau

PARIS — Nicolas Le Riche, a dancer of the Paris National Opera, gazes at his fan-shaped toes and describes his feet as being like mangrove trees. "They move around like those trees that appear to walk on water," he says.

Listening to a classical, contemporary, hip hop or flamenco dancer talk about his feet — or "work tools," as Paris Opera"s Marc Moreau calls them — reveals a subtle and intimate imagination of the body's extremities. Flamenco master Antonio Canalès calls them "the roots of my garden," while modern dancer Virginie Caussin characterizes them as "small bricks with sausage balls at the end." People have a lot to say about their feet.

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