Broadway Ballet Shoes

The Case:

A 13-year old ballet dancer in Long Island, New York, recently learned from her grandmother that her deceased grandfather once made ballet shoes for many of the top dancers in the 1920s and 30s, including the legendary Ziegfeld star Marilyn Miller.

According to grandma's tale, "Master Michele" was a craftsman who immigrated to the U.S. in 1909, spoke virtually no English, yet created superb dance shoes from his tiny workshop on 42nd Street.

The story grew seemingly more fantastic: grandma said her husband's apprentice had been none other than Salvatore Capezio, who went on to become one of the most famous designers of ballet shoes.

Our junior investigator joins the History Detectives as they travel to Louisiana and New York to find out if there is truth to the grandmother's startling tale

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Season 3, Episode 9

Elyse Luray Location:
Port Washington, New York

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