Designed by Pratt Institute graduate Jae-Hyun An, the Marie-T prosthetic leg is a unique artificial limb that encourages a new genre of ballet. Unlike conventional artificial limbs, the Marie-T prosthetic isn't meant to mimic the human body. Instead, the limb enhances the dancer's performance and natural movements.
Comprised of three components, the Marie-T prosthetic features a foam-injected rotational molded foot, a stainless-steel toe, and a rubber grip that provides the dancer with better balance and momentum during rotations. The stainless-steel toe is one of the key components in the revolutionary prosthetic as it allows the dancer to remain in a pointe position throughout an entire performance.
The name of the prosthetic is also a reference to traditional ballet as it derives its name from 19th-century Swedish ballet dancer Marie Taglioni.