8 Dark rosin powder used by ballet dancers to prevent slippage
The deceased has long thought to have been a ballet dancer. He was muscular with highly developed calves and the bottom of his his feet were described by Paul Lawson in this way: The big and little toe were joined together towards a common apex, in other words wedge-shaped.
The rosin powder used by ballet companies is usually white or pale, depending on the availability of rosin at the time. Other rosins can be darker. Whichever one a ballet dancer uses will accumulate over time and the slipper will need to be cleaned of residue.
The accumulated powder brushed off, out.
“Shoes play the most important part in the ballerina’s life, and the toes are darned by each one according to her taste. A pair of shoes lasts one prima ballerina for about four or five ballets.” Dancelines.com