4 tips for getting onto pointe shoes for ballet dancers:
Don’t feel pressured to start pointe by peers or social media.
- Waiting to start pointe can often be rewarding. It gives you time to improve your balance, strength and most importantly, your technique. It is better to have good strong technique and be on demi-pointe, than to have unsteady, faulty technique on pointe - which can be VERY dangerous.
- Be strong and motivated to be strong on pointe. Without strength, good technique and balance, being on pointe can be really hard, scary and dangerous! Make sure, as a dancer, you are committed to your exercises and training and should be participating in at least 2 classes a week. Without this training it will be hard to maintain your technique and strength.
- Stick to your exercises! Ensuring you are committed to your exercises and completing them to assist in building the right muscles, correcting alignment and improving technique
- Seek guidance if you don’t feel ready for pointe shoes. If your teacher, dancer or parent is unsure whether you are ready for pointe shoes, it can be a good idea to have a pre-pointe assessment. A pre-pointe assessment will aim to identify if you are ready for pointe by assessing things such as balance, alignment, strength and flexibility. Other information such as previous injuries, general health conditions and medications can be taken into account and screened for as well.