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The New York City Ballet spends roughly half a million dollars a year to keep its ballerinas in custom-made shoes, according to Angel Betancourt, the company's ballet shoe supervisor. Principal dancer Megan Fairchild sews a new pair every night she performs, and she says many dancers feel a connection with the makers of their shoes. This short documentary, The Importance of Perfection, goes behind the scenes to talk to dancers and even visits the Freed of London factory, where the shoes are made. It's one in a series of videos from the New York City Ballet directed by Galen Summer, who talks about the project in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel here

For more films by Galen Summer, visit http://www.unionhz.tv/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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