Pre-Pointe is the Next Step for Aspiring Ballerinas
Pointe technique resulted from a desire for female Dancers to appear weightless and sylph-like.
It is part of classical Ballet in which a Ballet Dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet on the “box” of her toe shoes.
A Dancer is said to be en Pointe when her body is supported in this manner, and a fully extended foot is said to be en Pointe even when touching the floor when not bearing weight.
In Pre-Pointe classes, technical work is performed while wearing Pointe shoes. Students will go from demi-Pointe at the barre to full Pointe and back again.
As our young Dancers grow we emphasize the importance of making decisions that will ensure their future health.
Not everyone is made for Pointe class; ankle and foot bone structure, stage of growth, and strength must all be considered. Age for placement in Pre-Pointe class is approximately 11 years of age because bones in feet are often too soft prior to that age.
A dancer must be able to maintain turn out while performing center combinations, hold a proper ballet position with straight back and good turnout, pull up properly in the legs, and balance securely on releve.