Friends and neighbors: OPRF senior making her pointe

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Print

By David Pierini

Staff Photographer

Most ballet pointe shoes are hand-made, expensive and provide little protection from the pressure put on dancers' feet.

Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Noelani Ho, inspired by the young dancers she teaches in the Austin neighborhood, set out to solve these problems.

Her design of an insert made from an orthotic material recently took first place in the Chicago Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Noelani researched patents, pored over medical journals and consulted with an orthopedic surgeon to come up with a prototype.

Pointe shoes, which allow dancers to dance on their tiptoes, cost between $60 and $90. Noelani, who has earned grant money to buy dance supplies for her Austin students, wanted to develop a design her young dancers could afford.

"This has opened my eyes a lot," Noelani said of her project. "I grew up thinking I would be a doctor or a lawyer. My heart is here and maybe I can do something with both science and dance."

 

Contact:
Email: david@oakpark.com

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and RiverForest.com. We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

2 Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Elizabeth from Oak Park  

Posted: May 10th, 2013 9:25 PM

Aren't they too young to be en pointe??!!

JH from Oak Park  

Posted: May 8th, 2013 11:06 AM

Congratulations!! Looks like this project also opened your heart. Follow your dream. Much success.

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.


            
SubscribeClassified
MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad

Latest Comments