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Estimated 1887

1887

Capezio was born over a century ago when Italian émigré Salvatore Capezio opened a small theatrical shoe repair shop a stone’s throw away from New York’s old Metropolitan Opera House. The sign above his door read: “The Theatrical & Historical Shoemaker.” On the day he created an emergency pair of shoes for Jean de Reszke, Salvatore quickly made the transition from cobbler to shoemaker.

1895

Soon the shop became a meeting place for dancers who would stop by to discuss their needs and pick up a pair of his shoes. As his popularity grew, dancers from around the world made it a point to visit. In fact, Anna Pavlova purchased Capezio pointe shoes for herself and her entire company during her first tour of the United States in 1910. Her generous praise of his work ensured Salvatore’s success.

1904

Eventually, he entrusted his superior shoemaking techniques to his family. They joined him in the business and the exceptional reputation of Capezio continued to spread. Although the business is radically different today, third and fourth generation family members resolutely continue Salvatore’s legacy of craft, innovation and commitment.

1929

By the 1930s Capezio products were dancing across Broadway in the Ziegfeld Follies and in dozens of other musicals. In 1941, Claire McCardell showed the Capezio long-sole ballet shoe with her fashion collection. The enthusiastic response provoked Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus and other major stores to purchase and promote Capezio footwear. This trend became so strong that in 1949 Capezio made the cover of Vogue. In 1952, Capezio received the Coty Award, fashion’s highest accolade.

1952

An eye for innovative products and the camaraderie he shared with dancers were the key to the success of Capezio. In this spirit, The Capezio Dance Award was established in 1952 to honor those who make a long-standing, significant contribution to dance. The Capezio Foundation was established in 1953 to promote and recognize ongoing achievements in dance.

1964

Ballet Makers Incorporated is dedicated to the performer in dance, theater and recreation. We are committed to providing exceptional service to our customers with innovative, high-quality products and services, while continuously advancing market research and technologies. Our total commitment to performance has been our source of inspiration for over 100 years.

1989

We maintain an ethical, healthy and profitable environment in which each of our employees endeavors to provide excellence in our products and services, while promoting company growth. We pledge our support and dedication to the advancement of dance, theater and recreation in communities worldwide.

2007

For more than 30 years, Peridance has been a core member of New York City's dance community. Founded in 1983, Peridance partnered with Capezio/Ballet Makers Inc., to form Peridance Capezio Center in 2007. Peridance Capezio Center enjoys strong affiliations and close relationships with various professional companies and dance institutions, creating a vibrant dance community that enhances both educational and networking opportunities.

2013

The integration of the traditional technique classes offered alongside the cutting-edge dance styles emerging today has enabled the school to maintain its original premise: offering dance education with integrity and high quality, without being compromised by commercialism. It is the fulfillment of Igal Perry's artistic vision and a source of inspiration for those who want to make dance an important part of their lives.

2018

For more than 30 years, Peridance has been a core member of New York City's dance community. Founded in 1983, Peridance partnered with Capezio/Ballet Makers Inc., to form Peridance Capezio Center in 2007. Peridance Capezio Center enjoys strong affiliations and close relationships with various professional companies and dance institutions, creating a vibrant dance community that enhances both educational and networking opportunities.

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