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Kansas City Ballet raising money to buy necessary dance accessories

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While most everyone loves a new pair of shoes, for a dancer, they are crucial.

For Rachel Coats, who has been dancing with the Kansas City Ballet for 12 years, her shoes aren't just special, they are essential.

"I cut it here so that my foot can point better," she said. "Pointe shoes really are the only tool that the female ballerina uses. And they tend to fall apart kind of quickly."

She said that making a new pair of shoes a perfect fit can be time consuming.

"It's not always a pleasure to spend the 20 to 30 minutes sewing them to get them ready, but there is always something special about a new pair of shoes," Coats said.

Every year the Kansas City Ballet supplies their 28-member dance company with 60 pointe shoes. Ron Friedman, the chief development officer, said that can add up.

"Sixty pairs times $75 times the number of dancers. It's no small feat to keep them on their toes," he said.

That's why the Kansas City Ballet is holding a Keep Our Dancers on Their Toes campaign. The goal is to raise $100,000, their annual shoe budget, to make sure that dancers like Coats can completely focus on their dancing.

"It's really important to have a pair of shoes that's just right and allows you to do that because otherwise they become a distraction," Coats said.

The campaign goes through the end of June and the group is already over 75 percent of the way there.

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