With e-Traces, Lesia Trubat captured ballet shoes’ swirls transforming dance movements into a visual sensations through the use of new technologies.

“Dance is an art that disappears at the same time that is created, it is an ephemeral art which only retain the memory” says Lesia Trubat.


Form this premises the Spanish designer studded mobile technology into ballet shoes to trace the contact with the ground records, the pressure and movement of the dancer’s feet and send a signal to an electronic device.


Thanks to Lilypad Arduino technology, a special application allows to show this data graphically so that the dancer can then view all the moves made in video format, extract images and even print them out.


Users can interpret their own movements and correct them or compare them with other dancers performances. Indeed, graphs created with motion can match or differ depending on the single performance helping to correct steps and body position.


The live performance graphical representation of e-Trace can help both self-taught dancers and professional ballet classes.


Photos of Lucía González / Marta Guillén – Courtesy of Lesia Trubat.


Dancer: Triana Botaya; tutors: Josep Puig & Noel Díaz.