My innovative ballet shoes are patent pending and have won many awards, including:

  • Best Presenter / Selected by Aaron Patzer, founder of, at Duke Start-up Challenge 2010
  • Semi-Finalist / Intel Science Talent Search 2008
  • 1st place poster / Southern New England Jr Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS) 2007 – Boston University
  • 1st place / Massachusetts State Science Fair 2006 – MIT

In addition, I am the first author of a peer-reviewed article on ballet shoe design featured on the cover of Ergonomics in Design, a journal published by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. I wrote the article with Dr. Devorah Klein from IDEO when I was 16.

See the project poster from 2006: Colucci_PointePoster

See the cover article from Ergonomics in Design: EiD_Summer_2008