Pointe

Pointe is for the more advanced ballet dancer

Pointe is for the more advanced ballet dancer. This form of dance enables you to perform fully on the top of your toes. This Class is by placement only. Please see staff for additional information.

Placement and Alignment

En pointe dancers employ pointe technique to determine foot placement and body alignment.

Movement into En Pointe

A dancer may transition to en pointe by any of three possible methods: relevé, sauté or piqué. In the relevé method, the dancer rises smoothly by rotating the foot downward until it reaches a fully extended, vertical orientation, while the toe box remains in contact with the floor, thus "rolling up" on the foot.

Prerequisites

Although age is not necessarily a prerequisite, many ballet students do not begin to dance en pointe earlier than approximately 12–14 years of age because bones in the feet are often too soft prior to that age and, in such cases, serious and permanent foot injuries could result from starting pointe work too early. The long bones in feet begin to harden within the ages of 8 to 14, dancing en pointe before one's bones have hardened can lead to trauma and growth-plate fractures that create deformed feet.

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