This #TBT Video of a Dancer Figure Skating on Pointe Is Absolutely Unreal

The footage is old and grainy and totally incredible. (screenshot via YouTube)

Oh, hey, nothing to see here, just a dancer casually executing complicated figure skating moves in pointe shoes attached to skating blades.

POINTE SHOES. ATTACHED TO SKATING BLADES. SHE IS SKATING ON POINTE.


Is this real life? It is. Or it was, rather, a few decades ago, as evidenced by the jaw-dropping vintage footage of multitalented artist Darlene Gilbert-Parent.

Apparently the gifted dancer/skater—who performed in NYC in the '50s and '60s, and skated in Dick Button's Ice Travaganza at the 1964 World's Fair in Queens—invented the hybrid skate herself.

We don't know a ton about figure skating, but we sure as heck know about pointe shoes, and even with that limited perspective: This is one of the most hardcore things we've ever seen. And we say that as people who've seen tap dancing on pointe.

(H/t to Sheri Leblanc for the brilliant #TBT find!)

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