The Perfect Pointe Book

All The Tips, Tricks And Exercises You Need To Know About Starting En Pointe

How Do You Tell When A Girl Is Ready For Pointe Work?

It is one of the most often asked questions in ballet, yet one to which there has not really been one definitive answer; “How do I know when I (or one of my students) am ready for pointe work?” Young girls dream of their first pair of pointe shoes for years before they will be allowed to get into them, and, until now, it has basically been up to the teacher to decide when each student makes the transition.
This has lead to many girls being allowed up too early, to “keep up with their class”, often resulting in chronic foot injuries that may plague even the most competent dancer throughout their career, or even permanent damage. Due to the variability in growth rates of girls in the 11 – 14 year age group (when moist girls start en pointe) and the lack of complete closure of many of the growth plates in the feet until at least 16 – 18 years of age, strength of the feet and ankles is a huge factor in preventing injury when progressing to toe shoes.
In Australia, many dance teachers have realised the importance of getting each girl individually assessed prior to going onto pointe. The ‘best dancer’ within a class may not necessarily have the strongest feet, and many weakness can be hidden inside regular ballet slippers. They advise each girl to undertake an assessment with a Special Dance Physical Therapist, who will perform screening tests that take much of the responsibility off the dance teacher in deciding who is able to go onto pointe and when. Following an initial assessment, special strengthening and mobility exercises are taught to strengthen any weaknesses in the dancers feet, ankles, hips and core muscles, to help the girls cope with the demands of pointe work.
A Dance Physical Therapist will see hundreds of girls each year for such assessments. The teachers find the resulting written reports on each girl extremely helpful for tailoring corrections in class, and all note the dramatic improvement in the girls overall approach to dance, both technically, and energetically, once they have their assessment, and have specific goals to work towards.
As there is a limited number of dancers a therapist can see day to day, and due to the enormous global interest in Ballet, a program was developed that made this process available to the world. It is based around 4 stages, each with clearly described tests to assess each girls current strength and mobility, explanations of what any weaknesses may mean, and programs of specific exercises to help improve all the highlighted areas. Once a girl can correctly perform all of the tests in each stage (each has a check-list to ensure that they are performed correctly) she should be strong enough to commence pointe work under the guidance of a qualified teacher. All of the tests and exercises are clearly demonstrated with clear photographs of both the correct and incorrect positions.
“The Perfect Pointe Book” is the essential companion to any dancer, either aspiring to progress to toe shoes, or already en pointe, and is an excellent resource for teachers of pointe work.

Lisa Howell (B.Phty) is a Physical Therapist (Physiotherapist) based in Sydney, Australia, who specialises in the assessment and treatment of dancers of all ages, from young students to professional level, and teachers. She is dedicated to the education of dancers to help prevent injury, and to develop optimal performance at every level. She produces a FREE weekly dancers newsletter with tips on all aspects of dance to help spread her knowledge to the world. To find out more about “The Perfect Pointe Book” or to receive the newsletter, go to http://www.theperfectpointebook.com.

510 Comments»

  Asha wrote @

Hi Lisa!
I would love to sign up for the newsletter and get more information on your book but I can’t seem to sign up on the perfectpointebook.com website.
Thanks for your help!
Asha

  liyla wrote @

hey,
my teacher said i might be getting pointe shoes. after i tried one on. but not dancing on pointe for the nutcracker. :( but, at least i’m getting pointe shoes. i have a fitting at the end on october or november. :) i think i’m getting demi pointe shoes :/ as long as i improve my tecnique in a month.
wish me luck.
by the way i like to inform you i’m a teenager.
liyla

  olivia wrote @

hi, my name is olivia, i am 12 years old. i am wondering if you could help me decide weather or not to ask my teacher about starting en pointe.

when i was 3 years old i started ballet lessons and continued them for 3 or 4 years, then when i was in kindergarten i started taking modern classes and i am still taking them (i am in 7th grade now) over the summers between 5th and 6th grade and between 6th and 7th grade i took ballet classes all summer. now i am taking 2 modern classes a week and 2 pre-pointe classes a week. i am 58 inches tall and weigh about 80 pounds. i have very strong calfs and i think i have strong ankles too. in my pre-pointe class there is only one other girl who has not started pointe.

do you think that i am ready for pointe? if not can you tell me some execercises that i can do to prepair?

thanks so much!

-olivia

  Tarra wrote @

Hi Olivia, My name is Tarra. I am a ballet instructor. I don’t know if you are ready for pointe, for I’ve never seen your technique or strength ect. But to stop the worries I would suggest asking your ballet teacher when you may be ready for pointe work. That extra modern work because that’s going to strengthen your body so much. GOOD LUCK! Tarra D.

  alexis wrote @

hi my name is alexis and i started ballet when i was ten i am now going to be 13 in two weeks ive seen my friends from dance on pointe and im the only one without pointe shoes im so embarest i thimk i work harder than anyone else so i dont know if im ready to be on poine i have strong feet. so can you please answer my questoin…..When can i go on pointe???????

  Lucia wrote @

Well, one of the ways is actually by seeing if you can balance on the balls of your feet for 10-15 seconds or 20, and you have to have strong cab muscles. Hope that helped ;]

  liyla wrote @

i know how that fells. i have a pre pointe class too. im getting pointe shoes soon or demi pointe shoes.( demi pointe has no shank.)

  Jess:-) wrote @

Hi Olivia, I’m in the exact position as you! Bit when I asked my teacher she said that she wants to make sure I’m 100% strong enough! Or I’ll end up in a wheel chair by early ages!
Hoped this helped and made you feel a little hit better about the situation we are in
xx

  Helen wrote @

You have to have confidence in your self, make sure you don’t stress yourself, if you think the time has come to be on pointe, definitely just work hard in class. Don’t ask your teacher if you should go on pointe, you want her to tell you, I’m sure your teacher knows the right time.
To:Olivia
From: Helen (bloc talent agency)

  Kyra wrote @

Hey. My name is Kyra. I started taking ballet when I was 2 and a half. I’m now 13. I took about 2 years off of dance when i was between the ages of 8 and 10. I recently switched dance acaedmy’s. My previous teacher told me I was ready to begin pointe, but kn new teacher is telling me I can’t. Why is that? How do I know if I’m really ready or not? Please help me. Thanks.

  Annie wrote @

Hi Kyra, My nam eis Annie and I am a student as well but i am in Intermidiete… I had the same problem as well… So I went to my dance teacher and explained the situation… She said that she will need to test me first to see if I am able to cope with the load of pointe work… I did.. You can do that too.. Tell your teacher that you might be ready for pointe work because your last teacher said you are… If you don’t pass the categories its all fine… The teacher nkows what you are doing and she wil make it a lot easier for you if you fail… So dont worry.. Your in a Win-Win situation here

Hope this helped… Annie

  Isa wrote @

Hi. My name is Isa and I’m 11 years old. I take 2 classes a week I want to begin pointes too. My teacher has never mentioned pointes to anybody in my class and I’m not sure if I should ask her if I’m ready or if I should wait until she mentions it. Please answer soon.

  emily wrote @

hi, i am emily, i am 13 years old and would like to start the pointe, but i dont think i am quite ready yet because i started to take ballet seriously a few months ago, i have been on and off with other schools. i did grade 1&2 when i was 5 , then did grade 3&4 last year. now i am working towards grade 5. i feel a bit behide though because my ballet teacher has said to girls younger than me at the age of 10 to start the pointe after easter.But my mother says to follow my dream. which is BALLET. i would love to do the pointe and be a Darsey Bussell…
thanks Emily, 13 Heswall

  Rowan wrote @

Emily: I am pretty much in the same situation as you. I’m 13, and I’ve taken dance for most of my life, but only for fun. About two weeks ago I started to take ballet seriously, and I’ve been strengthening my ankles a lot. I really want to be able to go en pointe ASAP, so this upcoming year I’m going to be doing ballet intensively (going to a studio, and basically eat, sleep, breathe and live ballet). And at the beginning of the year I’m going to tell my dance teacher that I want to go en pointe and to critique me as much as possible. Maybe after this upcoming year my teacher will say that I can go en pointe. I hope so!!! :)

  Kaitlyn Graves wrote @

Ok i have been in dance for nine years and i’ll be 17 years old in 19 days. I have taken ballet hip hop jazz basicaly all of it and have always dreamed of goin on toe i just got my first pair of toe shoes and have been trying to learn a lot about it i dont wanna make any mistakes. I was wondering if you could help me and give me tips. my dance teacher said it would be best for me to walk around in them for six months then do work with them on the ballet bar for a few months before i start dancin in them but i would like some professional help. Also which kind of padding would be better i have been told lamb’s whool would probably be best!!! Please help!!

  Danae wrote @

I am 15 years old and I have been taking a ballet for 4 months now and I love it. I would really love to be en pointe one day. Right now I am taking a once a week hour long class but I am trying to take two more a week :) I really want to buy the perfect pointe book and I cannot seem to find it. It may be my faulty computer.

  Claire wrote @

Sence you only have been dancing for a little while you are not ready for point I have been dancing for 8 years I am working really hard make plaster point shoes just for your toes hope u get on point soon

  Jo wrote @

Hi my names Jo im 13 years old I’ve Ben taking ballet for 8 months ! And my teacher seems to think I have a LOT of natural talent but I’m worried that if I ever want to go farther that I’m not built rite ! What is the height and waite you should be I’m 134 pounds and 5’3 ( is that to heavy ? ) If it is and you have anny tips on how to loose wait PLEASE HELP ! I don’t want to compurmise my possible fetich’s because of waite !!!!!
Sincerely ,
Jo ,13

  alexis wrote @

hey so i started ballet when i was 3 and ive been on pointe for 6 years i am now 14 years old i love being on pointe it hurts when you first start though. no i weigh 132 and im 5’4 so your perfect i hope i helped

  Claire wrote @

Do u have any tips for me to get on point or any excercise I also think I need to talk to a dance teacher but am a little scared

  Kelby wrote @

hi my names Kelby. im turning 13 in a week. i am about 5.4 and im 101 pounds. I am starting pointe next year if i am strong enough and i wanted to now if i am built rite as well.
Kelby

  Jo wrote @

SORRY i meant my possible future I’m A TARRIBAL speller
Sincerely,
Jo ,13

  Kimberly wrote @

Hi my name is Kimberly. I just started ballet in January and I’m 13. I am moderately strong and I was wondering how long it might take to get to pointe. I work really hard and do about 3 dance classes a week and about 100 or so releves at home every day.PLEASE ANSWER! I am dying to know when I might be on Pointe!

  Tarra wrote @

That is so great that you’ve started dance! However, it can take at least up to 6 or 7 years of ballet to begin pointe work, even if you are strong. I suggest keeping up with dance and don’t stop, and your 13, so that is a good prime age. Honestly, you can really never tell when, I had a student that went on pointe at 15 and one at 11. GOOD LUCK! Keep Dancing!

  liyla wrote @

dont listen to her the girl below.
liyla

  Beth wrote @

Hi, my name is Beth. I’m 14 years old and began ballet when I was 5. I did ballet until I was 10 at which point my family moved overseas and I was unable to find a good dance school. We moved again and I started ballet last year. I have very strong legs and ankles and was just wondering if I would be able to start pointe in September. My teacher said I would need to strengthen my ankles even more to do it. I was just wondering what your thoughts were on me starting pointe

  Sara wrote @

Hi, My name is Sara and I have only done Ballet since September. I took 2 classes a week and I practice a LOT.
I have taken Jazz for three years but this was my first year of Ballet. I lot of girls got moved up this year and I did’nt. I can hold releva for over a minute and have really strong ankles. I was wondering what your thoughts are about when you think I could start pointe.

  Sara wrote @

Oh and Im 14 years old.

  Kimberly wrote @

Nevermind my comment. My ballet teacher said I would probably move to pointe next February. Thanks anyway though!

  Amanda wrote @

hello my name is Amanda and im 16 yrs old and m taking Ballet classes(and also tap classes) soon and i was wondering …. when will i get on to pointe i dont want to be too old and i am really scared about my first class.. what shuld i expect for my first class??

help me, thanks
x

  McKenzie wrote @

I am 11 years old and want to go on Pointe sooooo bad! I am very strong and slim. I have very strong ankles and feet and strong core muscles. I just can’t seem to ask my teacher when she wants me on Pointe! I guess I just haven’t been taking Ballet long enough. I think I am going to buy the Perfect Pointe Book if my mom says I can. :) Can you send me some exercises? I am already doing a lot, but I want to do some exercises that I know will help me improve for Pointe. (

  summergrace wrote @

i know! im the same thing. my best friend is ten and she has been doing ballet for i think 9 yrs. but the thing is, she isn’t really that good at ballet and i don’t know why the teacher let her in but not me :( i hope she will understand if i ask her about pointe. i haven’t been taking ballet for that long, probably only for 3,4 yrs. maybe its that. well, i hope i get in soon, because i don’t want to be the only girl in my ballet class that doesn’t take pointe!

thanks xoxo,

summergrace grable

  Abby Lowrey wrote @

Hey Mckenzie my name is abby and this last spring I finally asked my teacher and she said yes and by the way I had the same problem and im 11 oh and so exersies are doing arond 20-50 relaveas or eleveas in 1,2,3,4,and 5th positon

  Sarah wrote @

I am 12 years old, and I have been taking ballet since I was 2 years old. The only point where I stopped was between when I was 10 and when I was turning 12. I am taking two ballet/pointe classes a week. These classes prepare you for pointe if you are not already en pointe. I really want to get en pointe soon. There about half the class is already en pointe and I really wish I was too. I asked my teacher what it takes to go en pointe, and she said the growth plates in my feet must be done growing, I have to have taken 2 years of dance, and I have to pass the pointe evaluation. The pointe evaluation is basically a test to make sure you are ready for pointe. Unlike many other girls I don’t know If I have strong ankles, or a core, I don’t know how good I am. My mom believes in me and says she thinks I will be en pointe by January, But I’m not so sure. I take many other classes too, at the same studio. I take Lyrical, Musical Theater, Acro, Jazz, and Modern. Please if there is any way you can help prepare me that would be great, I really want to be en pointe by January.

Thank you so much!!!
Sarah

  Johannah wrote @

hey..
Iv been taking ballet since i was 8 and i have been getting distinctions for all my exams and im now 14. i dance for two different ballet studios. my one teacher says im ready for pointe and my other says im almost there but not yet because my feet are holding me back. iv got an arch but not a high 1 and my ankles are strong but not flexibile. do you have any advice for me, it would be much appreciated…
thnx
your in dance
johannah

  Katie wrote @

Hey.
My name is Katie and I want to know if I am ready to be en pointe.
I took dance lessons for two years when I was five and six and then my mother took me out because she thought I’d stopped paying attention in classes.
I begged her to put me back in classes when I was about ten years old and now that I’m almost 13 I’ve been in classes for almost a full 3 years. I’m in grade 3 ballet (Go figure) and most of the girls in my class are way youner than me. I’m pretty sure I’m the strongest in my class. I’ve already started demi-pointe, but so has all of the people in my class.
My teacher says that if I pass this years exames with “Honours” and if she thinks my feet are strong enough I can start En Pointe.
I’m getting an excersise band that I use to stretch my toes but is there any other excersizes that I can use to make me stronger?? And also I’m a little bit overweight… There are some overweight dancers on toe at my school but, are there any tecniques that dancers use to be thinner??

  Zoë wrote @

Try not eating white wheat eat brown wheat dont eat white rice it brown instead, avoid sodas and other soft drinks. Avoid sugars for as much as you can. Eat steamed veggies or raw veggies more so than meat. Hope that helps :)

  LIzziee wrote @

Hey, I am Lizziee. Dance is my life, i love it so much and going on pointe means EVERYTHING to me. I am 12 years old, but will be 13 im March and have been told that i am going on pointe a few times in the past, however it did not happen and i started getting really frustrated with myself and upset. I have been doing ballet since i was 2years so that means i have been doing it for 10 years nearly 11. I am 145 cm tall and weigh 6 stone. I have quite bad feet though as they are nearly flat, even though I do try to make them better by using the arch rollers, they are still very strong though. I am the youngest in my ballet class as the oldest is 17!And I am the only one not on pointe. My teacher told me that I might be able to go on pointe after easter. What can I do to to prove to her that I am ready now?
Do you think I am ready now?
Thanks, Lizziee xx

  Annie wrote @

Look Lizzie, My name is Annie And I am passed the intermidiet grade so I know this subject quite well… First of all in your ballet slippers, walk around your house on a high demi-point… This will try make your arch… When sitting or in bed, flex your toes and point them out and in… and do releves in 5th as often as you can… It is good to know that your feet are strong so you dont have to do additional excercises… You dont need to prove to your teacher that you can go en pointe.. She will know when you are ready.. Don’t worry.. If you really love to dance and you follow the techniques i just told you.. Then you would possibly get your pointes in 2-3 weeks but you have to do these excercise 6-7 days a week.. Okk
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Hope this Helped, Annie

  LIzziee wrote @

Also, I do more than 3 hours a week of dancing x

  Kirrally wrote @

you must be good!!!LOL:)

  Claire wrote @

This week I am dancing 20 hr and I am 10

  Kirrally wrote @

Hi my name is Kirrally,
I have done ballet from when I was three to six
now I have started a new ballet school and this is my 3rd year and I have decided I want to do pointe work. Do you think I can do pointe now I am 11 years and practice ballet and pointe nearlly everywhere I go! Please reply

  Sydney wrote @

I’ve been dancing for about 4 years now, and I’m 13. Currently I dance about 8 hours a week, two of which are ballet. Also, I play other sports (water polo and volleyball) for about 4 hours a week each. I would like to dance profesionaly when I’m older, after high school. How do I tell my teacher I want to go en pointe very soon, so I can get some experience before college, without seeming pushy. Or if you think this is a bad idea what else can I do to help me go en pointe sooner?

  destiny wrote @

hi, I’m destiny and i have just started dance in the 6th grade I’m in the 8th going to the 9th and my ex dance teacher said that in a 3 months time i could be on pointe and i was wanting to know if thats possible

  miranda wrote @

hey im miranda

i started dancing when i was 10 and im now 14, i dance about 5 hours a week and i think im pretty good. please tell me if im ready and if im not tell me some exercises i can do to get onto pointe.
dancing is my dream <3
thank you.

  Cat wrote @

Hi I am aged 13 and started ballet 4 months ago. I do ballet 2 1/2 a week and am sitting grade 5 in November. I did Highland Dancing for about 4/5 years before. My dance teacher says that my feet are strong enough to go en pointe but I’m worried that I might not manage it. Will I be ok?

  kary wrote @

hello i am kary i started dance when i was 4 and am 10 now. i do strengthening exersizes all the time. how do i prove to my teacher that i am ready?

  Marissa wrote @

@kary
I can tell you right now, without seeing you, that you are not ready to be en pointe. Your bones are not set properly yet. I knew girl who was so talented and she was put en pointe at 9. She is 12 now and has very crippled feet. She can no longer dance because her teacher wanted her en pointe for bragging rights. That poor girl is crippled now. Wait till you are 11 before asking. I hope your teacher won’t put you en pointe at 10. Good luck.

  Carolina wrote @

Hi! My daughter, 9 years old, was offered to start poine know. I am concerned that it is early. How can I be 100% sure that it is the best? We live in a place where there is to Dance therapist doctors. Can I consult a general orthopedist? Please answer as soon as possible. Thank you very much!!!

Carol

  Zoë wrote @

9 is too early as the growth plates and bones in the feet are still soft, in putting someone who has not fully developed yet on pointe there’s a higher risk of injury and your daughter would not be able to dance again. She’d also get deformities in her feet. You should wait until she is 11.

  Mary wrote @

Can I go on pointe? I am 13 and I’ve danced for 1 year, but the physio said that I have great technique. I just need to keep practising. I’ve stopped dance classes now, but i still stretch and practice my steps. I do dance in school. Do you think I am ready to buy pointe shoes, but I’d only go on them once a month or so? Please answer soon :)

  Lily wrote @

Hi! I’m 15, have been dancing for around 6 years, and I started ballet about 2 years ago, however i go to two different classes at two different schools. At one of the schools, the work we do is much more advanced- about Grade 5/6 level, whereas i am only in Grade 4 at the other one, as i started “late”, was put into a low level class for my age. I cope well at the higher level class and my teacher there often says that i do very well. I am really keen to move onto pointe (who isn’t! :p) and would like to talk to my teachers about it, but am worried they will tell me different things- and if they do, who should i listen to??

  Jess wrote @

Hi, my name is Jess and I am 12 years old almost 13. I am in leval lll at my ballet stuio but have passed 4 levals starting when I was10 and have been taking classes for 4 years. My teacher says that I am the strongest and most flexible in my classes. the one thing I dont know is if my growth plates are closed. i have very strong core,calf,thigh,ankle,foot muscles and very flexible hip flexers. Am I ready for pointe?

  Emma wrote @

hi my name is emma and i am 13 years old i started ballet when i was 5 and i did an intensive program when is was 11 then i had to stop because the intensive program teachers left. i stopped for 2 years and now i am starting again in grade 5, but im very nervous about getting in and when i get to start pionte (my life long dream) can somebody give me some tips on streches and exsercises?

  Tamara wrote @

Hi I’ve never done ballet in my life yet I feel I am ready for pointe. I do it in my regular shoes all of the time, with a little work I feel I could be a pro! So should I ask someone? Help!

  Liya wrote @

Just because you can go up like Michael Jackson doesn’t mean you are really ready because almost anybody can do that. Please take a couple classes in Ballet and wait for a teacher to say you are ready for Pointe before buying Pointe Shoes and dancing around in them for 5 minutes until you break your leg.

  rachel wrote @

They put you on pointe when you were 8?!!!! Your bones in your feet couldn’t have been ready!!! Rachel, ballet instructor and dancer

  T wrote @

Whats the best way to strengthen you ankles to the best???

  T wrote @

what is the best way to strenghten your ankles to the best abillity??

  l wrote @

hj im 12 ,13 next yr done ballet since 3 my whole class is doin point nxt yr not mehow can i ge strong enugh to do it

  Carson wrote @

Hi. My name is Carson and I am 10 years old. I have been dancing for 6 years and doing ballet for a long while. My feet are very strong and flexible. I do Pre-Pointe exercises every day after school. I LOVE ballet and I think I’m really good at it. But I recently moved studios and I’m in the second highest ballet class and almost every single person is on Pointe. I want pointe shoes really bad. Should i start pointe.

  Kelsey wrote @

Hi my name is kelsey and in 14. i did dance from 3 yrs to 9 yrs so its been a while. i wish to start taking ballet again. i also wish to go “en pointe” at some point. does anyone know how soon i would be able to go en pointe? i would also like to know exercises to strengthen my ankles and feet?
please respond and thnks:D

  Alyssa Barker wrote @

Hi, my name is Alyssa and I danced for 13 years. I did pointe for a year and a half. I quit dance for 6 years.. don’t ask me why.. dumbest mistake in my life. I am 21 now. A few months ago I put on my pointe shoes and I was able to go up in them and do bourras and stuff, however you spell it. I am going back to dance and I was wondering if you think I would have a hard time getting back into Pointe and back to where I was before I quit. I was 16/17 when I went on pointe.

  Ava wrote @

I’m 12 and have been dancing since I was 2 (Creative Movement) and doing Ballet since I was 4. Half the class (many of them younger than me and less strong then me) are en Pointe, the thing that bothers me is she doesn’t even look at me or correct me during Pre-Pointe she only corrects the girls on Pointe (most of them 10 or 11) and I have been dancing for just as long as them. My ankles are very strong because i use a theraband nearly everday with 42 on each leg and circles too. My calfs are strong too. Do you think I’m ready?

  Jasmine wrote @

hi my name is jasmine and i was wondering about any exercises that i can do to go en pointe. i am in CSTD sub elementary ballet class but i took 2 years off after dancing for 10 years since i was 2 1/2. i am now turning 15 and i am in a pre pointe class. please help :)

thanks,
Jasmine

  Luciana wrote @

Hi I’m luciana and am 12 years old.I have been going to ballet classes for about 4 months but have been dancing around the house for about 1 year. My mum says I wouldn’t be able to start dancing prefionly as I have started too late. So IS it too late for me to dance preftionly? P.S sorry about my spelling thanks!!

  Zoë wrote @

No youd just have to try out with your local dance company.

  Maddie wrote @

My name is maddie. I have been working for ballet for a very short time but think about it all the time. I work all the time in school i pointe and flex in classes. I am going en pointe this friday and i want to do it safely. Does anyone now any strengthening things i can do on my feet. I am 14 and weigh 110 lbs and am 5 4 . I really don’t want to get hurt

  Carmen wrote @

Hi, I’m Carmen. I recently started pointe 4 months ago, after my teacher told me I’m ready. So, I just want to say this to all of the girls asking if they’re ready for pointe. Your teacher will tell you!!!! And if she doesn’t, switch dance schools. I love pointe and if you guys work hard, you’ll get there too! Good luck :)

  poppy walker wrote @

hi my name is poppy. i am 12 years old and i have been taking ballet for 5 years. I don’t know if i am ready for pointe yet. My teacher always says that i have a very good pointe and that i have very strong legs. i don’t know if i should ask her. i would like it if you would send me some exercisers to build my strength up more. i would really love to go on pointe!!!!!!!!!!!

  Jessa wrote @

Hey, I am 12 yrs old with 9 years old dance training. I have done ballet for 4 years all together. I feel like I need to go en pointe, but I have no idea whatsoever if I am ready! My mom and dance teachers say I have fairly strong ankles and muscular legs. I want to feel great when I finally get en pointe, but I do not know if I’m ready!!! plz help

  dancelover wrote @

I felt the same way i really wanted to ask but theres always a reason. My dance teacher told me i can go on pointe but then i went to the doctor and my feet were not ready
My dance teacher thought i was more mature than i am i am going to be twelve in a few months but dont worry if you really work hard she will know your ready. If you need 5 step on how to know reply and i can tell you. Ps they are not stupid i do alot of research and my parents are feet doctors. :) good luck!

  Hannah wrote @

Hi my name is Hannah. I’ve never OFFICALLY taken any ballet classes, but by friend (who has been taking it for 8 years) has been teatching me basic stuff for the past year. I want to be able to go en pointe, but idk if i would be ready with out the help of a profeshional teatcher. and i cant take classes because it’s too expensive. What do i do???

  Alexis wrote @

hi im alexis well for now you go on youtube and look up ballet exsercises then save up to take ballet classes i know what you mean it is a bit expensive.): but i think you have to go to a teacher to see if your ready for pointe and a doctor.

  catthedancer wrote @

you really, really, really mustn’t go on pointe without a teacher

i don’t want to nag and i know that it’s probably too late now but it is really dangerous to go up without being told by a teacher that you are ready

you might not be strong enough which could make you fall or damage the bones in your feet or hurt your ankles

if going on pointe is your dream then you have to take proper ballet classes

hope you get a chance to go en pointe :)

  Dance4lyfe wrote @

First off you need to be older than 11
Second you cant go en pointe until you have at least 2 years of training three is even better fourth is your legs arent strong you wont be able to hold your self up try this then it will help you get a better idea whether or not you can go en pointe
1. Can you do 16 relevaes in a row with out stopping.
2. Can you hold a passe.
3. Age ( are older than eleven)
4. Are you emotionally ready
(are you willing to have pain in you feet)
5. You should take at least 3.5 hrs of ballet per week for a motnth before you start.
6. You MUST have strong ankles!
7. You have to have good tecnique.

Hope this helped :)

  Rose wrote @

PLEASE don’t go en pointe. It is extremely dangerous for your feet to go en pointe when you haven’t taken official ballet or pre pointe classes.

  Brianna Branch wrote @

Hi my name is Brianna and Im 12 years old. I am not on pointe yet, but soon I want to be! I have a quick question to ask- I do not know how to do the splits yet, but do you have to know how to be on pointe. Could you PLEASE tell me some other things besides how old you have to be or how strong your legs are to be on pointe. I want to know besides allllllllll that!!

  catthedancer wrote @

don’t worry, doing the splits is about having flexibility more than strength and going on pointe is more to do with strength (and of course basic turnout etc.) but if you are ready then not being able to do the splits shouldn’t stop you

  Lidia wrote @

Hi, my name is Lidia and im going to be 13 ina month. I’ve been ding ballet for about six years ( once a week for an hour or so). I really want to be able to dance en pointe but im not sure if im ready. I have strong feet and can stay on demi-pointe for close to 20 minutes. When do you guys think i’ll be ready to dance en pointe???
P.S. I also took jazz- hip hop for a year.

  Alexis wrote @

Hi im alexis i took ballet since was 3 im 12 now this year i missed half of the my intermidiate class so i had take int.1 and pre int. my teacher said i have 2 stand on high enough to get on pointe how high should i be?

  Alannah wrote @

Hi, my name is Alannah, I am starting ballet classes on this Thursday, I was wondering if anyone could give me some exercises or a time frame of when I will be able to dance on pointe, I have been wanting this for quite some time now, I have strong ankles and calfs thanks to karate. And I have been told by Encore, and by close friend that has her heart set on pointe that I’d be great at it, just wondering from somone who’s a little more experienced with dance
Thanks,
Alannah

  catthedancer wrote @

well before you can start pointe you need to have a good grasp of basic ballet technique otherwise you won’t be able to understand turnout or other concepts when you are on pointe

another problem is that the muscle you use for karate could be very different to the ones a dancer needs to hold herself on pointe

it also depends what age you are as if you are too young then no dance teacher would let you go on pointe lest you damage your feet
but if you are old enough and have the strength needed and you practice a lot to work on your technique then there is no reason why you couldn’t get onto pointe

i would give ballet classes a month or two to see if you enjoy ballet itself as going on pointe requires a lot of determination and you must love ballet to do it, you may also have to do ballet for a number of years before you make it to pointe
if you do love ballet then you should speak to your teacher and ask for her advice on things that you could do to get onto pointe

good luck :)

  C.S.H wrote @

Hey, i just turned 12 and have been doing dance for 9 years, 5 years of ballet. I do 10 hrs of dance a week. I have got ova 95% for all my ballet exams, im in grade 5 and int foundation. I hav quite strong ankles but not the best ankle flexibility. I am very flexible and wish to b a professional ballerina. I am the best in my class and am the 3rd youngest. I do some releves and ankle exercises. My teacher has told one other person to go to the physio but not me. I hav passed everything she has. I am annoyed at this and want to go on before september. I need some help on what to do!!!!
Dance is my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3

  C.S.H wrote @

I should also add-
I hav flat feet but I’ve had orthotics since i was 7 years and this has really helped as i hav a arch now. I hav compresible feet as well.
Thnx
Chloe

  Chelsea wrote @

My dance teacher has tested me and im up to level 2 in the prepointe book.
She also tested me again with my releves but didnt say anything after. I think im ready for pointe but she wont give me the form for the physio:(
ive got 98% for my exam last year. I think its bcoz of my flat feet. can u help???/?
thnx

  lucy wrote @

hey, im lucy and im 13
i have started ballet at the start of the year and i really love pointe work, i always dream of pointes and i really want to get them
how long will it take to get pointes
PLEASE HELP ME
thanks
xxoxoo

  catthedancer wrote @

hey lucy
you’re just like me, i started ballet when i was 13 and i didn’t think that i’d ever make it to pointe but i’ve been on pointe for over a year now
i got my pointe shoes quite soon after starting but i had a bit of an advantage as i had done highland dancing for about 5 years beforehand which meant that my legs were very strong and i had a basic grasp of the technique
all i can say is to keep on practising and getting better at your ballet, do barre exercises everyday and find some strengthening exercises for your ankles and legs
maybe you could talk to your teacher and see if she has any advice?

good luck :)

  lucy wrote @

Thank you so much, that has helped alot <3 :)

  camilla wrote @

it takes about a year if you work really hard and are determided to do it!

I started ballet when i was 12 (last january) and i REALLY was dieing to get pointe shoes ,(it was one of my dreams too.). so i practiced and practiced doing calf exercises, relevays, doing the splits ,getting an arch ect. then i got my pointe shoes the next year!

now I’m 13 ,and they even moved me up a level because they thought i was ready since i practiced a LOT!!

i hope your pointe shoe dream will come true! just ask your teachers lots of questions and be really interested of what there saying.

good luck!!! :)

  dancelover wrote @

I started dance when i was 8 and im 11 now ive been dying to go on pointe i was moved up two levels and i even became a member of a dance company by invitation. My dance teacher told me im ready for pointe so my parents took me to the doctor and my feet were not mature.
But i hope i will be able to work as hard as you and prove i can do it :)
I
you inspire me thx

  Lily wrote @

Hi, my names Lily and id just like to say to all of u that ur teacher will tel u wen ur ready. it doesn’t matter on how good u r, it matters on what type of foot u hav, this is in the pre-pointe book, and how strong ur ankles r. It helps if u hav a large arch and flexible feet to get them strong enough for pointe. And please, if u dont do ballet u are defiantly not ready for pointe as it takes years of pratice and u will badly hurt urself.

  Lily wrote @

Also, don’t use therabands without standing on ur foot as it can badly damage ur foot, all of this information is in the pre-pointe book and it has really helped me get in pointe!!

  daniele wrote @

Hi im daniele
My dance teacher says im ready for pointe but my parents say no im turning twelve soon. I really want to ive done dance for a long time and has paid off i am in our dance company at my studio and i am just really confused

  chloe wrote @

Hey I am thirteen I danced two years and was really good then I quit and and now I am starting again I was told by my teacher that I was strong enough but I am not sure if it is safe I don’t want to get an injury the first day. In softball I pulled my achilles tendon and it really hurt and I don’t want it to happen again.

  chloe wrote @

sorry strong enough for pointe work

  maddyaboutballet wrote @

hello im 10 yrs old and i have done ballet for 6 yrs and i really want to go en pointe,i gave up for 4 months but now im starting at a new ballet school on saterday,should i ask about pointe work when i first go there or should i wait because ive done it for 6 whole yrs plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help i really want to no thanku plz reply love maddy

  Luv2dance6721 wrote @

It might not be good for you to go on pointe yet.im twelve and I have had ten yrs of dance experience and I’m in ballet three for two hours each Friday .im not sure about your studio but if it is crowded that could be why you don’t get on pointe till ur older

  catthedancer wrote @

I can understand how much you want to go en pointe and there is nothing wrong with asking your teacher about it. Sadly you are probably going to have to wait a bit longer. As you are still young, the bones in your feet won’t have probably formed yet and dancing en pointe on those fragile bones can be extremely dangerous and cause a life time of problems for your feet. Most doctors, teachers and professionals recommend that girls don’t start pointe work until they are 12 years old. Don’t give up though, keep practicing and getting stronger and one day you will be able make it to pointe :)

  :-Dancer for Lyfe wrote @

I am 11 and almost all the girls in my class are starting pointe my dance teacher told me first out of all my class that I could go on pointe and that i am strong enough for sure and technique wise i am ready but my bones arent ready so I am going next summer. I am really upset! Since its a year away do you recommend demi pointe shoes? It will be better for my feet that I don’t go on too early. So in the meantime do you think demi pointe shoes will help a bit?

  keely wrote @

hi my regular dance teacher isnt really a ballet teacher and so i have another pointe work teacher but she says i have to go on demi point b4 i go straight onto point but all other dance schools go on point straight away btw im 11

  catthedancer wrote @

Some schools like to do demi pointe before starting pointe as it helps strengthen your feet and legs and makes the transition en pointe easier. Like “maddyaboutballet” you are still quite young to be starting pointe, although obviously everyone’s feet are different, so that may be another reason why your teacher wants to do demi pointe first. To give your bones a chance to strengthen whilst still allowing you to start the progression onto pointe. I hope you do get en pointe soon, but even if you have to wait, remember that is only to make things easier for you and to make you a better dancer for when you go en pointe :)

  keely wrote @

i also do excerises that my technique teacher gave me so i think im ready she said soon

  maddyaboutballet wrote @

thx guys tht really helped catherdance i think u could be right i am still young but but but i will ask because my old ballet teacher said tht imay be going to pointe soon but it never happened sadly……… i will see what my new teacher says thx guys loveeeeeeeeeeee youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ill keep on practing

  :-Dancer for Lyfe wrote @

I am exactly the same too young but my dance teacher told me im ready but my feet sadly arent mature so i cant go en pointe
I want to know if DEMI POINTE SHOES will help. I am going en pointe next summer though

  catthedancer wrote @

Demi pointe shoes can help you to strengthen your feet in preparation for pointe work and they might help you. The best thing you can do is to talk to your teacher about what she recommends. Good luck :)

  maddyaboutballet wrote @

hmmmmm hello girl whos kinda the same as me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! smiley face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck on going en pointe HOW OLD R U???????????????? AND ALSO GOOD LUCK HOPE U GET EN POINTE BYEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i went to my new ballet school but it went horribly wrong i cryed and everything so i didnt go im going to a new ballet school on tuesday though wish me luck im taking grade 2-3 mostly three what grade do u go en pointe on???????????????? or is it age???????????????????????? GOOD LUCK EVERYONE p.s im 10 and have been dancing for 6 yrs and i do ballet exercises to stregnthen my feet every day wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  maddyaboutballlet wrote @

it went fine at my school guys im taking grade 3 and im very strong now im nearly there plz enter more problems or comments im sure everyone would love to here them!! i cheak this web everyday!! good luck

  hayley wrote @

Hi! Im hayley and im 10 yrs old and have been doing ballet for 6 yrs(since i was 4) I have recently been switched to another dance school about 3 weeks ago and im desprate to go en pointe , I had put on a fair bit of weight in the summer holiday ( about 10 lbs)
and im scared im now 2 hevy I weight 6.1 but after ive been on wii fit about 5.6 is it bad to lose weight that quickly?? because I no i will be in tip top shape after tht so nothing to worry about!!is it? lol- I take grade 3 my teacher is nice but very strict at times ; i really want to ask about pointe but im scared the girls in my class will laugh at me as they are 10-12 yrs old and they have only done ballet for about 3-4 yrs and i dont think they take it seriously- even though there my friends im still kinda scared is this silly??. I can stand on demi pointe for over a minute , even though im young i really still want to ask -plz help me-
plz reply love from
hayley

  Nicole wrote @

Yes ask your teacher after the lesson or before. But improve those releves, to improve your Demi pointe make up a routine that ONLY includes you on Demi pointe. Don’t attempt pointe with this exercise. You are ready for pointe

  hayley wrote @

oops thts about 4 lbs not 10 ( 10 lbs in a week or 2)

  catthedancer wrote @

Hey Hayley,
Well firstly don’t worry about how heavy you are, it can be quite daunting when you are faced with extremely thin dancers as your role models but as long as you eat healthily, and are active you will be fine :) Though you must not let the other girls in your class put you off your dream, I don’t think now is the time to ask about going en pointe. There is nothing wrong with talking to your teacher about it but she will probably (and she should) tell you that you are still too young. No matter how strong you are or how good your technique is, the bones in your feet are still growing and dancing on them could damage you for life. Keep dancing and in a year or two those shoes will be yours :)

  hayley wrote @

thx catherdance i dont wanna make out im not listening or anything but ive seen loads of girls on youtube and there 10 and there dancing en pointe.
so should i ask??
thx for advice ur the best at asnwering stuff bye the way how old r u??

  Nicole wrote @

Ask your teacher. If she say yes OR NO take an X-ray. And go to the physio theyll tell glyph if your ready or not.
Don’t let
aNY one put you off of
Your dreams

  catthedancer wrote @

HI, well some people’s feet can mature quicker than others or those girls might be going en pointe without their teacher’s permission which isn’t a good idea. So yes, if you really want to ask then go ahead, it’s a good idea even if it just shows your dance teacher that you will be dedicated enough to go en pointe :) and that it is something you really want to do.
Thanks, I’m 15 :P

  hayley wrote @

coool is it cool being 15??? and r u en pointe??

  catthedancer wrote @

hehe, it’s pretty cool :L and yes, I’ve been en pointe for about a year and a half :)

  hayley wrote @

cool !!! no ones going on this web right now soooo annoying i need to awsner some questions! so was it so exiting when u got ur first en pointe shoes? and what age did u go en pointe? sorry i ask loads of questions!
talk soon
hayley

  hayley wrote @

ohhhhh so 14 gott it

  catthedancer wrote @

That’s ok :P I was so excited when i first got my shoes, i wanted to wear them straight away but i had to get my dance teacher to check them first. Sewing on the ribbons wasn’t much fun though, it took me days but oh well :)

  hayley wrote @

lol !!! took u days what was ur first lesson like??

  hayley wrote @

sooooooooooooo I CANNOT WAIT TO ASK MY BALLET TEACHER WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  catthedancer wrote @

It was good, very slow because you just learn how to warm your feet up properly and how to break in the shoes. Then my teacher showed me how to rise up onto pointe and I just did basic rises. After a few weeks you start to try releves and then other, more complicated, exercises :) and good luck

  hayley wrote @

thx no body ever goes on this site its so anoyying ill get my friends to

  hayley wrote @

good luck

  Hailey wrote @

Hi, my name is Hailey. I’ve been dancing since I was 4: I’m 14 now. Am I ready for pointe work? I am very strong and built very classically. Am I ready?

  catthedancer wrote @

Hi Hailey, it sounds like you might be ready for pointe :) have you spoken to your teacher at all about it?

  BALLETBECKY wrote @

I spoke to my teacher about pointe because she said i was ready i am going to start next summer but i wanted to know if there was anything good to use to prepare 4 pointe ;-D

  catthedancer wrote @

That’s really good :) well you need to make sure that your technique is neat and that you are able to hold your turnout well because if there are a few wee niggles they will make pointe work much harder. Apart from that there is not much else you can do, maybe read a book or ask your teacher if she suggests any strengthening exercises for you :)

  Nicole wrote @

Yes! Definitely do some prances on Demi pointe. Then do this exercise releve, echappe stretch bend. Keep doping this so your ankles strengthen as well as your feet. Male sure when doing this you full your self right up to that Demi pointe. Example snap up!
Thanks

  BalletAddict wrote @

i started ballet last year and from the first class i started to take it very seriously. I’ve practiced every day after school for 3-4 hours and 5 hours a day on the weekends for about 1 year. I have very strong feet and calfs. I’m 13 and I used to be behind in my class but now I’m so far ahead that class is getting boring. Am I ready to go en pointe?

  catthedancer wrote @

Wow, it sounds like you are really dedicated to your dancing. As you are 13 you are probably old enough to start pointe and best thing that you can do is to speak to your teacher and ask if she thinks that you are ready.

  olivia wrote @

hi, my name is olivia and i’ve been doing ballet since i was 3. (I’m now 15) I had to stop ballet with my old teacher because i moved :(, I’m just starting with someone else but I don’t think she realises that i was meant to be starting pointe and now I don’t know whether I should ask or not because i’ve not been doing ballet with her very long. I REALLY want to do pointe and all my friends from my last dancing school have started already. I hope i am ready.

  catthedancer wrote @

I’m sure your new teacher won’t be at all offended if you speak to her. Just say that you had been hoping to go en pointe and ask if she thinks you could start that in her class. I’m sure she’ll be happy to help you and it’ll show her that pointe work is something that you really want to do :)

  hayley wrote @

yes shes rightio y,no all u have 2 do is ask……………if she says yes then try practiceing going up and down on demi -pointe
because im sure she will say yes
because im 10 and im going en pointe in january-and ur 15 5 yrs older …………………….but i gess im just lucky! GOOD LUCK

  dancegirl wrote @

U might ruin ur feet thats way too young…

  Jessie wrote @

That’s fine with me if you ruin your feet. because 10 is WAY WAY WAY to young for pointe. at least take pre pointe first.

  hayley wrote @

i had a x ray!

  Nicole wrote @

Hi, I’m getting pointe shoes today after 8 years! (a few in pre primary and some in primary and now in grades ) so I’m in grade 5 just asking can I do SOME pointe work at home? In the sense that this only includes prances, echappes and breaking in.
Thanks

  audrey wrote @

hey…. i am 13 years old and i just started ballet 1 month ago and my teacher said my feet r ready 4 point!! :) but… :( she said i have 2 get more flexible!! is there anyone out there that can tell me some exersises i can do 2 do the splits??? thanks:)

  I WANT TO GET ON POINTE!!!!! wrote @

My name is Gracie and I’m 10 years old. I’m in ballet level 4,and I am one of the best in my class. I have done ballet since I was 3-4, then I quit. Then in first grade(6yrs old) or kindergarten(5yrs old) I don’t remember which; I started again, now I have danced a total of 5-6 years. I point my feet better than most girls can, but I don’t have good balance. I think my hips are weak because I can’t turn my leg out when I devlope out to the side. My ankles aren’t that strong either, my feet roll in when I stand. In how long do you think it’s going to take me to get on pointe?

  rawanalshafei@hotmail.com wrote @

My name is stephany ,, i am 9 years old .. i haven’t got any class in my place :) ,, and i wanna dance ballet ,, i will kill myself if you said i cant be a ballerina ,, i see 100 or more than video on the you tube to dance ballet are videos enough to dancing ballet or i should take a class ?? with a teacher ?

  rawanalshafei@hotmail.com wrote @

please answer me ..

  Bella wrote @

Hello, my name is Bella. I began taking ballet when i was 3 and continued on until i was 10. I stopped dancing for about 3 yrs. Now I’m 13 (turning 14 in Feb. 2012) and I take one ballet class 45 min. each week. I was told that I have a natural grace and flow and that if I didn’t stop I would have been on pointe by now. The things is that, I don’t really know how long it will take me to regain my knowledge and strength for me to get on pointe. Also, when I stand in Passé, I always think I’m Sickling my heel, and I can never full stand and balance in a Passé on Relevé. Is that a result of my ankles?? Thanks!!

  lucie wrote @

hi, im 13 (nearly 14!) ive been doing ballet classes now for at least three months (probably more) and i love it so much! i stretch every day and can do the splits, and normally i do ballet excersises at home after school. i really want to go on to pointe so bad but i dont think my teacher realises. all i want is to go onto pointe. i have strong legs, im slim, and i think my ankles are fairly stong (i do strengthaning excersises aswell) and i have good arms and balance. what should i do, am i ready for pointe work?

  Amber wrote @

lucie)Considering you’ve only been training for 3 months I would wait another 3 or more just because you need time for your technique to be as perfect as possible …I was 10 when i started pointe (now 14 myself)Really show ur teacher what you can do thats what i did and now im fouette-ing around Be patient good things come to those who wait…..:)

  lucie wrote @

thankyou:)

  Professionalballerina wrote @

Well it takes years to practice you’ve only had 4 months training right? Well when I was 2 years before starting pointe (10) I was really excited to be going en pointe. But I’ve had 10 years of training I started when I was 3. So show your teacher what you’ve got. Every time you do a batment tendu go through your Demi pointe. Even though you have strong ankles there is a possibility that you may have an injury because pointe takes practice and care. Tell your teacher about this. DON’T RUSH THROUGH THIS!!! Because if your teacher wants you to wait a few more months it will be hard bit trust in your teacher.
Any time
Proballerina

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  vanessa wrote @

Ok i have been doing colorguard for three years now which we mostly do ballet moves and im always pointing my toes and i also do mexican folk dancing and modern contemporary dance so i have really strong feet and calves and i have a high arch and good point will i be able to have pointe shoes anytime soon

  vanessa wrote @

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  Mya wrote @

Hi, I’m Mya and I have been researching about everything for and about pointe. I have been dancing since I was about 1 year old and have a really high arch ( will this help or hurt me on pointe?). My bed is not on a wall so I do alot barre work and relleves behind the head of my bed and have a really strong calf and can hold any ballance for about a minute. I take 1 mondern class, 2 ballet classes and 1 pre-pointe class a week. Do you think I’m ready for pointe.

  audrey wrote @

2 me it sounds like you would be ready for point!! but your teacher knows for sure when your ready to go en point! :) i have a question too, my teacher said i had perfect arches, the perfect ballarina body, great turnout, and my feet are deffinatly ready for point but she said i have to be more flexible and suffer more!! i can do the splits but not my straddles is there anyone who could help me!! not just write about there life and dont answer my question!! :(

  RADInstructor wrote @

Did she mean flexible on the feet or the body?
Straddle every day and keep up the fit strengthening. Would recommend
Placing foot on bare move outwards until it feels like its stretching. Then try other leg. Try a leg mount

  Meghan wrote @

hi i’m Meghan. I started dancing when i was about 3. Then i moved studios when i was 5; i took jazz, tap and every few years i took ballet. Over this summer i moved. We found another studio that i love! curently i’m taking ballet lyrical and tap. Two girls in my ballet class are taking pointe. I would love to start but i don’t know if i am ready. Help please!!!! This is my ninth year of dancing.

  audrey wrote @

well you just have 2 keep on working hard!! if you show your teacher that you are serious and working really hard you nrver know she might let u!!

- dont talk in class either, that eill just show her that you are not serious about ballet!! :)

- can u answer my ? now please!!!!

  elizbeth wrote @

hi i started ballet when i was two and did to around age 10…..i did pionte for a yearlast year i did colorguard and which requries a lot of ballet …..i was recently put as a dancer in a muscial and they need pionte dancers please elp im about to buy pionte shoe wha should i do

I forgot to metion i did a national ballet when i was six

  audrey wrote @

wow people!!! thanks 4 answering my ?. this website is a big help not!!!

  Alyssa wrote @

Hi I am 11 years old and just in october or something my ballet teacher began a pre-pointe class I was so excited because I was one of the girls selected for this class and in December at the end of one of my pre pointe classes my teacher told me I wasn’t ready for pointe because my legs and ankles weren’t strong enough do when we all got back from winter break all the other girls had their shoes I was sad but I decided I wasn’t giving up I stayed in the class but I still realllly want shoes so I need some excersises if you have any please tell me thank you <3

  audrey wrote @

i will only answer your question if u answer mine!! “my teacher said i am ready for pointe shoes, i have perfect arches,great turn out, i have strong ankles and feet, and i have could balance, but my teacher said i need to get more flexiable i can do the splits on 1 side and almost on the other but i cant do my front splits at all!! :( i try to practice everyday but i see no improvement is there any exercises i can do??”

  Alyssa wrote @

Try doing some kicks every day and practice the splits every day or lie on your back with your legs up pull your right leg forward repeat on the left repeat 3 times then do your splits

  audrey wrote @

ok thanks!! :) u can start by just rising up on releve. make sure you are not sickiling your foot snd try to turn it out, u can basically just do a lot of tondues that really streghths your foot! :) and to improve your arches ( i hope you know whar im talking about) but try to go on the top of your toes and press on them! ( if u dont know wat i am talkung about give me your e-mail and i can send u a pic!! :) tell me when u go en point :)

  Alyssa wrote @

Ok thanks so much I will for sure tell you when I get them what’s your email

  audrey wrote @

do u have to be flexiable to go on pointe.??

  audrey wrote @

ok!! :) my email is aa6.cuellar@gmail.com wats yours so i can send u a pic.

  Marie wrote @

Hey, does anyone think I can get by just with YouTube ballet classes? Because there is only one teacher where I live and she’s forever full, and I really want to go en pointe, btw I’m 11

  audrey wrote @

well i guess you can try to strenthing your feet!! but u can’t go en pointe without your teacher telling u to! or else u can seriously damage your feet! when i was 9 i asked my mom and dad to give me pointe shoes 4 christmas and they did!! i wore them everyday!! i am lucky i didnt damage my feet!! i guess my feet were strong enough!!

  Marie wrote @

I’m glad you didn’t damage your feet Audry, and I’m pretty flexible I have a high arch too. And I have really strong feet and ankles because of soccer and am on demi pointe walking around.

  Alyssa wrote @

K mine is alyssaoakley14@gmail.com

  Alyssa wrote @

No you don’t have to be flexible you just can’t be as stiff as a board

  audrey wrote @

oh ok, my teacher has a box of pointe shoes in the room, but i dont get it though my teacher saw me today wearing them and i was standing on my toes. and she said to this other girl that was more advanced then me and she said to her that my feet was how hers was supposed to be and she said i have beautiful and perfect feet 4 pointe but she never told me i was ready for them!!..??

  Marie wrote @

What an odd teacher!

  Jessie wrote @

That’s really strange!

  Alyssa wrote @

Hey by the way how old are you

  audrey wrote @

i just turned 13 in december

  Marie wrote @

Does anyone know any ankle,foot exercises that doesn’t use a theraband?

  jk lol wrote @

wuts a threadband?

  Claire wrote @

Hi my names Claire and I’m 12. I take 5 classes a week – tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and technique. I started dancing when i was 4 (8 years total). I started ballet in September and suddenly wanted to be on pointe. My feet and ankles are pretty strong from tap and swim team, and I can hold my balances for a really long time. When do you think I will be ready for pointe?

  Marie wrote @

wow, you sound ready to go! Just talk to your ballet teacher, I’d say yeah you sound ready but always ALWAYS check with your teacher.
Kindest regards,
Marie @(-.-)@

  yiedvisyusggusxhuguxheuui wrote @

I love ballet and its my dream to be on point I don’t speak russion but I dance it

  audrey wrote @

I really want to ask my teacher if i am ready for point,, but im kind of scared for some reason?? :(

  audrey wrote @

how should i ask her??

  Marie wrote @

Like this maybe: I’d like to know when I can go on pointe, if I’m not ready then tell me what I can improve so that I can.
Tell me the results if you try this Audry,
Marie @(-.-)@

  audrey wrote @

ok thanks!! i will try it tomorrow when i have my private lesson! :) thanks

  audrey wrote @

the only thing is that i am kind of scared to ask her 4 some reason! :(

  Marie wrote @

Take a deep breath, and think of what would happen if she says yes!
Good Luck,
Marie.

  audrey wrote @

i am so mad at myself!! >:( i couldnt find the right time to ask her and seriously i told myself i would ask her right after i did this one thing!! and then this girl came in and i was to embarrased to ask her in front of her!! have u asked your teacher about this or no??

  Marie wrote @

No, but that is how I would ask. I’m only 12, but I am pretty good with this kind of thing. Next time try to ignore everybody & everything except your teacher.
Good luck next time,
Marie @(-.-)@

  Claire wrote @

Hi! I was just wondering, why do my knee caps hurt every time I do plies in ballet? I’m pretty sure I’m turning out the right way. I’m sort of scared to ask my teacher about it, so does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
~Claire

  audrey wrote @

that sometimes happens to me. my knees start popping and i felt like i needed to go more slow in my plies so i went slower not so fast and my knees haven’t popped since. So try going slower on your plies. :)

  Sarah wrote @

I have the same problem as you. The reason why it’s hurting is because you are pronating on your feet, which means that you are rolling forward over the arches of your feet. This can cause lots of knee problems for when you grow up. Try to balance your weight equally on both feet when you plié. It definitely works for me!

-Dancing Chick!!!

  audrey wrote @

ok marie, i am going to ask my teacher tomorrow!! i am excited what she is going to say!! :)

  audrey wrote @

ok i did it!!! :0 and it wasn’t even scary! and she said i will probably get them in 6 months (august) :( /:)

  shashii mills wrote @

hi i was just wondering how long it will take for me to get en pointe, im 15 and start ballet next term, however i have really strong ankles, i can walk on the balls of my feet all day without wobbling (no lie, up until the age of 10 i thought that was how you were ment to walk because i did ballet from 3-9 years old) so im good doing stuff like that, to be honest i know some of the basic moves, so it shouldnt take that long right??? or will it???

  audrey wrote @

well it kind of depends. because your like me my teacher that my feet are perfect for pointe but she said i cant get on pointe yet because i need to know and understand more about ballet so i don’t know it just matters how hard you work. :)

  shashii mills wrote @

hmm… hope it doesnt take too long, im 15 so dont want to start pointe to late :/ i’ll just mega-revise all of the moves lol :)
hope you go en pointe soon :D

  Yuliana wrote @

Hi, i just wanted to ask a couple of questions. The first one is: why do my knees really hurt when i bend them? And the second one is how long does it usually take to get on pointe.

  audrey wrote @

well you can start on going slower on your plies it might help. if it doesn’t then ask your teacher. and it kind of depends when you go en pointe shoes. i asked my teacher when i can go on pointe shoes, so maybe ask your teacher and maybe she will tell you stuff you need to work on, tell me what she says. :)

  Yuliana wrote @

Do you have to be flexible to go on pointe?

  Yuliana wrote @

My teacher said that each year they check all of the students feet to see if their ready. i don’t know weather my feet are strong enough but im hoping for the best! :)

  Rose wrote @

I was wondering the same exact thing. I am strong but I can’t quite do the splits yet. So do you have to be able to do the splits? I’m generally flexible but I’m not quite at the ground yet? So any thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you! :) :) :) :) :) :)

  Yuliana wrote @

thanks, by the way how old r u? i am eleven

  audrey wrote @

i am not quite sure you have to be flexible? because my teacher my feet were ready for pointe but i need to be more flexible, so i think so. ask your teacher just to make sure :) i am 13 :) 7th grade

  Rose wrote @

Me to.

  Yuliana wrote @

i am nearly 12 but i skipped a grade so i am in grade 7 too! :)

  Isla wrote @

I really want pointe shoes but i dont know if im prepared or if i should ask my teacher cause she might be mad

  audrey wrote @

don’t worry i remember when i asked my teacher but she was actually really nice about it and said i can get them in a couple of months :) i am so excited!! see if u ask her she might say yes!! :)

  audrey wrote @

hello, i was wondering if anyone knows where you can get those sansha mesh bags? thanks!

  Jessie wrote @

I get them at my dance school. ask for them there! :(

  sara wrote @

Hi! I am 12 years old (almost 13) I had just gotten my pointe letter which says that my dance teachers think I am ready to go on pointe. I have just went to the podiatrist who was supposed to check to see if my growth plates are fully grown, they are not :( There are other girls who are 8 years old who are going on pointe! And the podiatrist said I would have to wait 6-12 months to see if there grown! I will most likely quit dance by then! Do I really need to have my growth plates grown? Please any advise would help.
Thanks

  Lani wrote @

Hey my name is Lani and NEVER quit I did and I have regretted it ever since!!!!!

  RADinstructor wrote @

No,
Your growth plates don’t NEED to be fully grown BUT it may be at risk of injury. Try another podiatrist. You always need a second opinion!

  Iuliania wrote @

Well, there is nothing you can really do and if you are likely to quit dance in 6-12 months, ther is really no point trying to get pointe shoes cause they are quite expensive and your time will be wasted while trying to find the right pair. If you go on pointe shoes while your plates are not fully formed you are most likely going to damage your feet really badly.

try and be more patient,
Iuliania xxx

  Lani wrote @

Hey my name is Lani and my friend taught me every thing she learnt at her ballet school in 2010! My mum was a pro ballerina and she has been teaching me and correcting me all through 2011. Even though I only did ballet for one year I was extremely dedicated and never missed a lesson for anything!!!!!!! I really want to go En Pointe

Xoxo love Lani

Pleeeease Help Me!!!!!!

  Sarah wrote @

Well if your feet are strong and your technique, and posture are good you might be able to go on pointe. But if you really want to go on pointe you have to take ballet lessons at least 3 times a week and keep up with some other classes too.

  bethany wrote @

hi, i’m bethany and i have been doing ballet from the age of 3 and i am now 14 and my dance teacher still won’t let me go en pointe even though my old dance teacher told me i was ready i also take tap, mordern, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and now i am put in a class with people alot younger than me and i am being made to repeat things i have already done and there are no other dance teachers around as my last one stopped teaching and that was why i changed teachers so can someone please help me

  audrey wrote @

well maybe try asking your teacher if u can go on pointe if she says no then ask her how long it would take u to get them or wat u need to work on. if she says yes then great!! :) tell me the results ;)

  Hannah wrote @

When starting pointe, do I need both soft/demi pointe shoes and normal pointe shoes?

  Mya wrote @

It depends on your teacher… Mine said I wouldn’t need them so I only have my flats and pointe shoes. Demi pointe sjoes really don’t cost that mich they cost about $30.

  Lilia wrote @

Hello! My name is Lilia and I am 13 years old. I have been dancing for about 7 years now, but have never been ready for pointe. Now I have been practicing and strengthening my ankles for pointe! I have nice arches and very strong calves and ankles. I was wondering if you thing if I am ready to go en pointe? I am 5’2″ and 120 pounds. Thanks so much!

  Sarah wrote @

Well I haven’t seen your technique or your posture, but I would definitely get checked by your dance teachers for their approval. One way to strengthen your feet is to do thera-band exercises. These really strengthen and improve your flexibility in your feet. I hope this helps!

-Sarah

  Becky wrote @

Hello, I am 16 years old, did ballet for 5 years from ages 5 – 9, but just last last year i went back into ballet. This is now my second year back in RAD ballet and have just gotten the ok to take the Grade 4 exam and go into Grade 5. I have lowerish arches and sometimes my feet roll in a bit when trying to achieve a good turnout. Are there any good exercises to improve my arches and to prevent rolling? I am seeing a physiotherapist right now, but it doesn’t seem to be helping much yet.

Also, when do you think I could be able to go on pointe? It has always been my dream since a was a child to go on pointe and would like to go on pointe hopefully before I get too heavily involved in university (I am in Grade 11 in school right now).

I would be so very grateful for an answer,

Thank you!

  RADinstructor wrote @

Hi,
Depending on your foot strengths is the time to start. Also usually pointe work doesn’t start untill intermediate foundation. But if you have strong feet then you will start grade 5.
Hope this helps!
Let me know how you go

  RADinstrictor wrote @

Hi all,
Just letting you know that pointe work doesn’t begin until intermediate foundation RAD. Due to the fact of foot injuries. It depends on your school though.

  audrey wrote @

Well, i just started ballet in November and
My teacher said I can get pointe shoes in the summer so u don’t really need to be intermediate.

  Quilla wrote @

Isn’t that really soon, do you have any other dance experience? You might damage your feet by going en pointe too soon

  liyla wrote @

does sharons do pointe? cause i have danced ballet when i was 6 and hip-hop and jazz when i was 9 and i’m justing getting beck into all of it. sould i ask my teacher to go on pointe this summer?

  audrey wrote @

Well I don’t see why not! GO 4 it☺ I asked my teacher if I could go on pointe in the summer and she said ya! So good luck tell me the results 😊

  stellapips wrote @

Hi, my name is Stella. I’m 13 in 3 months and have been dancing for almost 10 years. I’m in RAD Grade 5. I can hold a passe for about 10 seconds and can do 15+ releves in succession.

I was wondering if I am strong enough to go en pointe, and what should I say to my teacher when I ask her about it?

P.S. I read on a website that you should have started your period before you go en pointe, which I have. Although I’m not sure if this stuff is true.

  RADInstructor wrote @

The things about the websites is definitely not true! I comes you to go and ask your teacher. You probably are ready for pointe!
Best of luck

  lindsay wrote @

heyy im Lindsay i have been takeing ballet for 2 years, and i want to go on pointe(also i have been diung ballet solos)

  Charlotte wrote @

Hi, I am Charlotte and I have just started ballet a term ago, and my teachers are very impressed. I have been doing LOTS of exesizes with my ankles and feet, and they are now really strong. I am embarrassed to ask my teacher when I would be ready for pointe, because no one in my class is very good. I have only done one exam, but I really think I’m ready for pointe. Please anweser!
Bye.

  RADInstructor wrote @

Hey Charlotte!
You probably are ready for pointe! Ask your tether after class. Maybe you can do a ore pointe class of some kind. A very exciting opportunity fOr you.
I recommend you to ask your teacher
Let me know how it goes!

  Sarah Batten wrote @

Hey I have a question. I am 11 years old, have taken ballet since I was three, and have very strong legs, and have the best technique in my class, and am very responsible. Do you think I could go on pointe? Thanks, Sarah

  RADinstructor wrote @

You should be able to go en pointe!

  Rose wrote @

You should be able to go en pointe! But maybe consider pre pointe first.

  Charlotte wrote @

Most definitely!!! Ask your instructor!!!

  RoyalAcademy@SydneyAus wrote @

Hello All,
If you have any pointe questions just email
mccreanorsfriends@gmail.com
And the subject “Pointe heLP”
Thanks

  Hailey Martin wrote @

Hi, i am Hailey. Im 12 and i have been taking dance classes since i was 2. i have taken ballet for 10 years, three times a week,and i have taken jazz 2 times a week since i was 2 too. over the years i have also taken other dances such as irish step, modern,hip hop, lyrical, ect. I have asked my instuctor after class if i am ready to go on pointe. She said she doesnt no and that she would get back to me. the only thing im worried about is that im pettite i weight 65 pounds and om 52 inches and i am a size 2 foot and i dont know if my feet will fit into pointe shoes. I also needed to know if you knew any ballet excersizes that i could use to strengthen my feet.

~Hailey
P.S.i forgot to mention i do modified sport ; feild hockey, volley ball, softball and….horseback riding.

  Rose Myers wrote @

Hi, I am Rose.
I am 11 years old and have been doing ballet since I was 4. I’ve been moving alot so I had to skip about a year of ballet when I was 8 or 9. I have been dreaming of getting my first pointe shoes since I started dancing. I now am in level three along with many other girls my age and take two classes every week and 1 modern class a week. Over the summer I will take ballet and in the fall my teacher said I may begin pre pointe work in level 4 which is 3 or 4 classes a week. I have strong ankles and calfes and can hold a passe for 18 seconds. Both of my parents and my teacher have been saying that they’ve been seeing great improvement in my posture, turnout, balance, and overall basic skills. What I’m wondering is if I could begin pointe in ballet 4. I feel confident and my teacher says that some girls start pointe in ballet 4. Is 11 too young to go en pointe? Please help me. My dream has always been to go en pointe. Thanks for reading and please send me a reply. :) :)
P.S. I am 54 inches tall and weigh 77 punds. Is that a good size for a pointe dancer?

  catthedancer wrote @

It sounds like your dream is getting really close to coming true :) 11 can sometimes be too young to start pointe, mainly because everyone varies in development and in some people the bones in their feet might not be strong enough when they are still this age. Even if you have to take pre pointe classes for a while until your teacher thinks you’re completely ready this will just make sure you don’t get injured and can be the best dancer on pointe that you can be :) also, there is no right or wrong size for a dancer as long as you are healthy happy anyone of any height or weight can be a dancer as long they have the correct strength and technique so shouldn’t need to worry about that :)

  Rose wrote @

Thank you SO much for the reply. It really means a lot to me. I hope your right about my dreams coming true! :) If I feel ready I’m probably going to ask my teacher when I’m at least 12. I don’t want to push my body too much because I know that that wouldn’t help my chances of being a pointe dancer. If I get offered pointe shoes when I’m 11 I definitely won’t turn it down. Once again THANK YOU so much for the reply. :)

  payton wrote @

Hi my name is payton I love ballet but I still fell like I dont have enough experience ,I have been dancing in ballet for 6 years what do you think?Just to let you know im 11 years ,4 9 feet, 80 pounds.

  Rose wrote @

I’m no professional at this so let’s see if my answer is good enough for you:
Somebody else wrote to me that 11 can sometimes be too young because of foot development and growth and because the bones in your feet might not be ready. If you feel capable then you should ask your teacher about pre pointe classes. Things to consider would be is my posture good, is my turnout good, am I balanced?, and maybe how strong are my ankles and calfs? If you don’t feel ready then don’t do it quite yet. Wait till you feel comfortable and experienced enough.

Hope this helped!:) :)
-Rose

  lindsay wrote @

heyy im lindsey, and i wanted to know if i was able to go on pointe i have been danceing ballet for 2 years but the teacher said that i was only dancing for 2 years but im really good so it has been my dream to go on poine please help me

  Rose wrote @

As I’ve said, I’m no professional at this so let’s see if my answer is good enough for you:
Before going on pointe it would be wise to start taking demi pointe classes first. 2 years may or may not be long enough for pointe. ask yourself, how’s my posture, turnout, balance , and are my ankles and calves strong enough? If your really good then ask your teacher if you will be moving up to the next ballet level soon. Tell me how it goes!

Hope this helped :) :)
-Rose :)

  Jessie wrote @

Hi my name is Jessie. I have been taking dance since I was 2 and have the best technique in my pre pointe class. I have always wanted to go en pointe. am I ready? My teacher has a box of pointe shoes in our class and she says she is not saying who thay are for. I want them! Thoughts please?

  Rose wrote @

What exactly are demi pointe shoes?

  JK LOL wrote @

:(

  audrey wrote @

i am going to ask my teacher today if i can go on pointe next week because i really want to take my pointe shoes on this trip i am going on in july!!! i will tell you all the results!! :) (fingers crossed)

  Rose wrote @

Hope it goes well! Good luck!

  audrey wrote @

i am so mad at myself right when i was about to ask her, this girl came in so i was to embarrassed i will just ask next week i promise!

  Rose wrote @

Ok. Good luck and don’t be embarrassed. She probably has the same desire as you; to be en pointe.

  Jessie wrote @

Hello? Please answer me! My name is Jessie. I have been taking dance since I was 2 and have the best technique in my pre pointe class. I have always wanted to go en pointe. am I ready? My teacher has a box of pointe shoes in our class and she says she is not saying who thay are for. I want them! Thoughts please?

  National ballet dancer wrote @

Hey Jessie,
If your teacher said that you have the best technique in the class, then the pointe shoes are yours!!!! How long have you been on per pointe?
When will she reveal is special surprise?
Good luck and reply to my comment for the details.

  Jessie wrote @

On June 28. I’ve been dancing for 8 years now.

  Rose wrote @

So your only 10?

  Jessie wrote @

Yeah what’s your pointe? Ha get it?! Pointe!?

  audrey wrote @

Hey Rose guess what??? My teacher finally said I can go on pointe!!😃 and my teacher also has a box of pointe shoes and she said I can try some on to see which brand i should get!! Yaaaaa now I can take pointe shoes to my big trip and practice at the hotel!! :) yaaaaa!!! Is anyone going anywhere this summer?? :)

  rose wrote @

that’s great! :) :) :) :) :) :) Congratulations! I’m going to California and taking ballet lessons there. Good luck practicing and finding the right brand. I’m so happy for you! :)

  mmccreanor wrote @

Good job all!!
Great news
I’ll be going to south America Thursday doing a 5 week winter intensive. 6 hours of pointe each day!!!

  rose wrote @

Woah! I thought it was sumer…

  rose wrote @

Do you live in the United States audrey?

  audrey wrote @

ya i live in california. i am going to new port beach in Los angeles for 4 days, then going to my friends beach house in Pismo for 3 days, then going to my beach house in monterey for 4 days!! :) and the best part is that my friend will be with me and i will have my pointe shoes with me!! :)

  rose wrote @

Awesome! :) I was born in California. It’s my home but I don’t live there. Have a great time!! :) :)

  audrey wrote @

Thanks u 2!! But I am starting to think now that I might not have my pointe shoes with me, because my teacher said she would help me find the right pair but I don’t know when she is going to help me because she never has time! :( that’s why I might not have pointe shoes yet😞 what should I do? Should I just not care if I take them on my trip or what?

  mmccreanor wrote @

Hey Audrey
Yes you should bring them on your trip. And do a few excercises every few days so that you can keep your feet strong.
Hope that helped!

  audrey wrote @

Thanks but I think u just mis understood me😁 I don’t have pointe shoes yet. And my teacher was going to help me choose which ones to get. But like I was saying she never has time. What should I do?

  mmccreanor wrote @

Whoops sorry. Take the same advice but tell your teacher ASAP even if there is another girl that walks upto her. It’s the only way
Good luck

  audrey wrote @

today there is a conditioning class and her daughter teaches it so i think i will just ask her then because she usually is just at her desk. But even if she does help me though i still don’t think i can take them on my trip because i will have to order them and they won’t come in on time!

  audrey wrote @

Ok I was going to ask my teacher but my mom needed to go somewhere so I couldn’t go early. But I already asked my mom If I can go early tomorrow and she said yes, so I will just ask my teacher then. Wish me luck :)

  Aubrey wrote @

I have been doing dance since 2005. I had to take a break this past year because my studio closed. :( But that is seven years of dance. We didn’t do ballet exactly, but we did lyrical, jazz, and tap. I think pointe is beautiful. I want to do it at the new studio I am going to, and I was wondering if even though I didn’t do ballet, I did the other three, would that count for anything to start pointe?

  audrey wrote @

ummm not necessarily, just cause you have been doing dance for a long time doesn’t mean u can go on pointe especially if u haven’t even done ballet. It just matters if your ankles and feet are strong. If they are you should ask your teacher about it! :)

  Aubrey wrote @

Yes… I just wanted to know if all that seven years of dancing counted for ANYTHING. Or if it was a total waste. I only really started liking pointe work last week. I am going to take a ballet class this upcoming dance season, and try really hard. :) I guess all that dance wasn’t a waste since it taught me rhythm and the lyrical teaches some ballet moves, at least. And I actually had fun. So thats good. :)

  audrey wrote @

ya i guess!!! :)

  Aubrey wrote @

:) I’m excited to start working on ballet so I can get up to pointe work.

  rose wrote @

good luck Aubrey!!!

  dancermania wrote @

Thank you! I’m really excited to start ballet now!

  rose wrote @

Have a great ballet experience! I think you’ll LOVE ballet.

  audrey wrote @

ok i am going to try to ask my teacher today because again i couldnt go early yesterday but i will try to go early today!

  rose wrote @

good luck with that! I’m leaving for CA tomorrow at 3 in the morning!!

  jessie wrote @

They’re revealing it tomorrow the 28th of June and I’ve been dancing for 8 years. PLEASE answer me already!!! :(

  jessie wrote @

you said that you would respond and I haven’t got any response yet!! :( :( :/

  Aubrey wrote @

@rose I think I’m going to love ballet too. :D

  Rose wrote @

Good luck working towards pointe. :)

  audrey wrote @

Ok on Monday and Tuesday FOR SURE my teacher is going to help me find pointe shoes! :) so there is probably a 90% chance I will get them before I go on my trip!!! :)

  audrey wrote @

Hey guys I am back from my trip, I had so much fun! ☺ I don’t have pointe shoes yet though. My teacher helped me try some on but she didn’t have my size, so we have to order them. CAN’T WAIT!!! 😁 they r vaganovas by grishko. U can see them on grishko.com, then press footwear, then press pointe shoes and scroll down and u will find them!! :)

  audrey wrote @

Sorry they are grishko 2007′s :) I am ordering them tomorrow!!

  Audrey wrote @

I been dancing ballet for 7 years and pre ponite for 2. This year will be my third year of pre pointe and first of advance highly skilled to skilled technic in Ballet For teens i have strong ankle muscles and I’m only 12 when will I go on pointe and how can I go on this year I have 2 hours and 30 mind of ballet a week

  audrey wrote @

Well it depends; to go on pointe you have to go more then once or twice a week. I go for 2 hours and 30 min a day, and I go Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday, and sometimes Saturdays.I think the best thing you can do is just ask your teacher kindly if you can start pointe work, and if she says no then ask her when and what you can do to help you go on pointe. Tell me the results😁 p.s. that is how I got on pointe by asking my teacher ☺

  mmccreanor wrote @

For a beginner pointe is 30 minutes a week. I started a few years ago. And will be auditioning for the Australian Ballet. Really excited. But for me pointe is 8hours a week (sometimes even more)
So if you have any questions just reply and be direct on who your talking to. Example
@thexpert
So cool

  Alexa wrote @

Hey how old were you when you started pointe?

  Lene wrote @

Hi I am 11 my dance teacher has said I am readdy to go onto pointe in september but has not yet appeared to check my feet I am trusting my teacher but have been told by some of his older students already on pointe that it hurts when you start I am a bit worried because my feet are still very small so it seems like they have alot more growing to do because of this does any one know any ways to test and/or stenthen your feet and ankles.
Thanks please reply!

  rose wrote @

For strengthening your feet, point you toes! When you eat, when you are watching t.v., on the computer, in school, about to go to sleep…point those toes! I have started doing it for about a week now and it gets easier. At first it you may not be able to keep them pointed long (cramps) but after a while you will be able to point them for very long periods of time (after a week I can point them for 20 mins without cramps). Remember to keep pointing until they start to burn (that means the muscle is working and strengthening).

For the ankles, stand on the edge of stair or a large phonebook so your heels hang off. Rise to your fullest demi point and then drop down as far as your heels will go. Do 30 of these releves very slowly (it hurts more and works more) then do a deep plie. Do 3 sets of the 30 releves. Once 30 is easy, up it to 50, then 75, then 100. Or try uping the sets instead of number of releves. Like 6 sets of 30 releves (ouch!).

Also, buy a theraband (or exercise band), wrap it around one foot, point and roll through demi to flex. Do this 15-30 times per foot. You can also tie the band around your feet and do releves. Like tie it around your feet (not to tight or it will snap!) stand in first and do 15-30 releves. Then do the rest of the positions.

You can usually tell if someone can stand on releve in all positions for 30 seconds at the least that their ankles are strong. Especially if they can go on releve with one foot in coupe. While they dance, their ankles shouldn’t wobble at all.

Hope this helps, have a nice day!!
:)

  audrey wrote @

Hey everyone i just got my toe pads and my ribbons today!! So i will probably start point sometime next week!! :) I AM SO EXCITED!!

  andreana wrote @

hi im andreana and im 13 i started ballet when i was 8 and now im going to grade 6 im the old one in my class all my friends are like 10 and 11. I dreamwd of pointe shoeswhen i was4 and i dont knowhow to convince my teacher that im readyand have strong feet do tyou have any suggestions

  Rose wrote @

Hi Andreana. Are you in a pre pointe class yet? If you aren’t then I suggest after class asking your teacher when you could participate in a pre pointe class. If you are in a pre pointe class then I think that when you find a good time (like after of before class when she’s not teaching) to ask her if she thinks that you’ve improved and if you could go en pointe anytime soon. I’m sure that she’ll be kind as well. Good luck!!! Best of wishes. :) :) :) :) :) :)

  andreana wrote @

im not in a prepoint class nobody is and its like all the girls in all classes greater than me arent in a prepoint class so i think its a problem

  Rose wrote @

then you should wait awhile. But do ask your instructor about moving up to the next level. :) :)

  Lilitha wrote @

Hi Im Lilitha and Im 13 I will be 14 in less than a month I was told by my teacher I can start pointe Im really excited but Im worried I might be overweight what would ve considered overweight

  Rose wrote @

If your teacher already gave you permission to go en pointe then it’s fine. She’ll know what’s best for you. :) :) :) :) :)

  audrey wrote @

Hey everyone!!:) ✋ I just wanted to say that I started pointe work and it is so fun at the same time hard!!😥😊 and Rosie I was wondering have you gone on pointe yet?

  Rose wrote @

No not yet. my fall dance classes haven’t started yet so I not technically on pre pointe yet. I’m super excited to be in the pre pointe class and yay Audrey! I’m so happy that your en pointe does it hurt? :)

  audrey wrote @

oh. and no but i did get a half size to small because i ordered them online and they fit but i didn’t have toe pads yet so i wore them around the house and they got dirty so i couldn’t return, them but my teacher said it wont hurt to where them. So i wore them and my heel hurts sometimes but its not throbbing pain so its all good. :)

  Avery wrote @

Hi my name is Avery and I have taken ballet for about two years and my ballet teacher asked me if I wanted to do the pre-pointe class. Of course I said yes but I think I am quite ready for pointe. I have strong muscles in my legs and calfs and my ankles but I’m not sure how to tell my teacher. I haven’t even started the pre pointe class but it seems pretty easy. I am also 11 years old and I start dance in the end of September. I am super flexible too! Any help is appreciated!!!

  mmccreanor wrote @

Hi Avery!
I recommend pre pointe. Because your not 12 yet the muscles and bones in your feet havent reached their full growth yet. Pre pointe isn’t easy when you try it. Remember this is all from experience as I will be auditioning for the Australian ballet. If you are really desperate I reccommend DEMI pointe shoes.
Good luck
Nicole xxxx

  Avery wrote @

Thanks :) I’ll try it and see what my teacher says :D

  Juliet wrote @

Hey I’ve been taking ballrybfor nine years
I just turned 13 and I think I’m ready to go on
Ponte I’ve taken many pre pointe classes
And dance for ten hours avweek my instructor
Told me it was fine to go get the shoes but
My other teacher said i wasn’t ready so should
I
Go
On
Point or not

  Jessica wrote @

Hi my names Jessica and I am 12 years old and have just started taking jazz, musical theatre, and tap. I did ballet from the age of about 3 to 7. I can stand on the balls of my feet for a long time and I sometimes stand and walk on my tip toes during the day at home to strengthen my legs and calves. I really and I mean really want to become a dancer and go on pointe but don’t know how or what things in ballet I need to learn. Please help! Thnxs, Jessica

  audrey wrote @

Well I don’t know how advanced you are but I suggest maybe asking your teacher if there is any certain exercises Or things that you need to know or be able to do to go on pionte. 👯🙆😊

  Rose wrote @

Hey Audrey! Guess what?! I’m probably gonna go en pointe in February or March! I know it sounds like it’s a while away but I think time will pass fast enough! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)

  audrey wrote @

Yayyyaaaa!!! Good 4 u!! :) 😁😊

  Rose wrote @

Actually I recently found out that it could be as soon as December of January!! I’m so excited!! 😄😃☺😃😊

  audrey wrote @

:)

  Lilli wrote @

Im sooooo happy I got the courage to ask my teacher about starting pointe and she said that she thought I was very stong already so she said that I could start this upcoming may before I start eighth grade!!!! Im so excited!!!!

  Lilli wrote @

And I have been taking ballet for a year and a half now so im excited :)

  alice wrote @

hi my name is alice, i am 13 i started ballet at 18 months old and had a two year gapwhen i was 9 ( started tap and modern when 5 so carried on that in my gap) i started back at 11, my class is mixed ages from 17 to 13, there are two girls who are very small or their age how ever i am very developed and the older ones are on pointe and say that i would be fine and does the teaching assitant but they think she is not letting me on pointe becasue of the other being younger ,should i ask her when or wait until the others are more developed????

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  Natalie wrote @

Hi my name is Natalie and I’m 14. I dance jazz and pom mainly but I just started taking ballet this year. I have a natural ballet body I’ve been told and I have strong feet. I’m a freshmen in high school and I really want to get en pointe by the time I’m a senior. Do you think that is possible? Is there anything I can do to speed up the process?

  Emily wrote @

I think it is possible for you because that the same thing that happened to me and if you start taking more ballet classes you will

  Emily sankey wrote @

Hi my name is Emily. I am 13 years old and I am on pointe. I feel pretty good but I used to take ballet when I was younger but then I stopped and did Irish step. I just started ballet again and after 2 months my teacher put me on pointe. I was wondering if I was ready because I feel good and Im working on piques en pointe now but I was wondering if going on pointe this early was the right choice

  Zoë wrote @

Hi, my name is Zoë I’m 15 I’ll be 16 soon. I’ve been dancing since I was 6 then had to quit close to my 11 birthday on account of my having to move. I start again my freshmen year of high school so I would have been 14. So I’ve been dancing for almost 2 years again. I have good turnout and balance strong feet high arches and strong ankles. I also have good technique. Do you think I should ask my teacher if I should start pointe?

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  audrey wrote @

Why r u guys talking about your boyfriend and your divorce????? I dont get why u would be saying this on a ballet site??? 😒

  Celisse Haley wrote @

Hi my name is Celisse, I quit my old dance place because i hated the teachers and they never let my progress. I practice most every day streching and practicing on strengthining my ankles, And the funny part is that i can dance on pointe shoes just fine. But the teacher woulndn’t let me move on, and this would have been three years on regular ballet! I also want to join my friends dance place were you get on pointe after two years! What should I do Lisa?

  Lilli wrote @

Ok my teacher is giving me lots of critique and im becoming so much better at ballet and time will pass by soon enough because i am starting pointe in May 2013 which is one month after my birthday in april….any theraband exercises u guys know? My theraband strength is the blue so i think its like extra strong or something:) thx guys. I cant wait to get my pointe shoes!!!!:)

  Jill wrote @

Hi, I’m starting ballet this dance semester. I really love watching ballet and I’ve loved being on pointe in my friend’s pointe shoes. I was wondering when is the soonest amount of time that I (a 12 year old girl who hasn’t taken ballet before) could go on pointe? Thank you!

  Quilla wrote @

It’s not very safe to use your friends pointe shoes before your ready, if they don’t fit perfectly you can seriously damage your feet. Just a word of caution :)

  Lene Kennington wrote @

I would say you would want to wait at least 2 years to develop technique skill and strength but after you have been doing classes for a while ask your teacher what they think as they should then know what your feet and ankles are like!
Ps I went on point age 12 having done ballet since age 4 and was preparing (hinting to my teacher that I wanted to go on point) for around 6 months.

  Rose wrote @

Well, generally it takes about 2-3 years of ballet training before someone can consider pointe. (I’m 11 and not en pointe so don’t rely too much on my opinion 😉) but if you have the commitment to wait and work hard I think you’ll buy ur first pair of pointe shoes in no time! I hope I helped ya out!😄😉

  Quilla wrote @

Hi
I have done ballet for about a year and a half and was wondering how long until I can go en pointe, I know your probably going to say in three years or so but I have freakish turnout and ankle strength.I take two classes a week, one modern and one ballet.I do trapeze and can hang by my heels feet and toes easily, I can hold all my weight on one foot. I am eleven years old(twelve in two months) I am REALLY small for my age less than five feet and around sixty pounds but really strong I held my releve for six minutes for a contest at dance class, I would love feedback :)

  Lilli wrote @

hi Quilla, the best time is honestly determined by your dance teacher because at dance class your teacher is one of the people that knows you best. They will most likely know your range, and skill level. A year and a half is a decent time i have been dancing for that long too!:) If you have the requirements for pointe, ask your teacher and hope it goes well from there.
I am starting pointe in may/june 2013 and as i said before i have been dancing the same amount of time that you have been. I am 13. Good luck to you and i hope you have fun.
(sorry it was so lengthy)

  quilla wrote @

thank you so much for your responce! I hope will be on pointe soon, Im planning to ask my dance teacher in a month or ttwo, Thanks, Quilla

  MGL wrote @

Hey! My teacher said if I square my shoulders better and work on my back and core strength, I can be on pointe in 2 weeks. Are there any exercises you recommend?

  quilla wrote @

For core strenghth choose a few of these things to do:

SIT UPS

HOLLOW BODYS
(lie on your back, than raise your legs and shoulders about 6 inchs off the ground, HOLD IT)

LOW PLANKS
( lie on your stomach, put your hands in a fist just under your chin,so your elbos are back by your ribs, than push up into a plank)

PIKE UPS
( if you have access to a pull up bar, just hang from the bar, but extend your legs straight in front of you)

For square shoulders:
Thinks about keeping you chin up and your shoulders back

  MGL wrote @

Thanks! Those exercises really work! I could feel it.

  MGL wrote @

Is Grishko a good brand for beginners on pointe?

  quilla wrote @

Im not sure, Im still trying to get ready for pointe myself, Im probably going on in the fall. Im glad the exercises are helping!

  ballet_bubbles wrote @

My name is Piper, I am 11 1/2 years old, I
weigh around 72.5 pounds, I
started dancing when I was 2 years old,
and I have been taking ballet classes since
I was 3 years old. I also take a pre-pointe class. I have very strong arches,
back, and calve muscles. I love ballet very much and am willing to do what it takes to get en pointe.

  MGL wrote @

That’s how I was, and now guess what? I’m on pointe!!! Just be patient. It just takes time, I promise. You’ll be so excited! I was just told yesterday I could go on pointe, and I still want to scream and shout and jump with joy!!!

  quilla wrote @

Ask your teacher about what thery think you need to work on, always strech, do lots of releves eleves and leg lifts, those will help.
A few comments above, I listed a few things that will help improve core strength, which is a have to en pointe.
I am almost twelve, and looking to go en pointe soon, my teacher said about a month :)

  Meredith wrote @

Hi I am Meredith and I am 12 years old. I have been doing ballet ever since I was 3. My arches are okay, but I am flexible everywhere else. I am pretty strong and I don’t sickle or wing. My teacher said that they would be telling people whether or not we would be going en pointe. I have wanted this all my life and I want to know if there is a way I can test myself. I take 3 classes a week and I have been taking pre pointe classes for about half a year. Also, are there any specific things I have to have to be able to go en pointe? Are demi pointe shoes good for strengthening? What do they do?

  Quilla wrote @

for pointe you need to be able to:

have strong almost 90 degree arches

good technic

your good with ballet training time

You have to be supre commited, and not get sad if your not en pointe, just try harder

flexibility and strength in the feet are essential

Core strength is needed to keep yourself straight, square shoulders always help

I posted a comment a few days ago about core condittioning

Hope it helps!

  Lisa Waters wrote @

I think I have a prodigy! My 6 year old daughter has been in ballet for a little over a year. She has always walked on her toes (Not her tiptoes, but the very tip of her toes! Even in regular shoes!) and she was playing around with a pair of pointe shoes, and her dance teacher tied them on her feet, and she stood straight up, started walking around, and even did a pirouette… at the age of 6! She has her teachers and her school instructor flabbergasted! How do I know if she is honestly ready?

  Karstyn wrote @

I think she should take pre-pointe I ballet shoes until she’s about 8 then she maybe could try Demi-pointes for a couple more years and then I think she’ll really be ready. Hope I helped! :D

  Quilla wrote @

The bones in her feet are most likly not fully developed, so she could risk hurting her feet, I would put her on pointe until age 10 at the least, but she could be in pre-pointe. I am supposed to get my pointe shoes in a month, and I am 12, almost a six year differance

  Alexa wrote @

I’m alexa ad I just turned 12 and I reallywant to ask my teacher if I can go en pointe. I’m scared she will say no to me and I will probably start crying when I get to the car. So do you have any suggestions? Also is 105 lbs too much for a 12 year old ballet dancer?

  Quilla wrote @

Are other girls in your class going en pointe, that is usually the best time to ask. Also, you can look up the requierments for pointe, so you know just what you need to be able to do.
As long as your tall, 105 lbs isn’t too heavy. I am the same age and way 63lbs, but I am REALLY short, like 58in

Good luck!

  MGL wrote @

I got on pointe! Thank you so much for all your core and upper body suggestions! They really worked! I already scheduled a pointe shoe fitting for Saturday. Good luck to all you guys working to go on pointe!!!!!

  Quilla wrote @

Im so glad they helped! Congratulations!!!!
Im getting my pointe shoes in june, SO excited!!

  MGL wrote @

Thanks! Could you let me know, by this blog, when you get on pointe so we can share our experiences? Go ballet!

  Quilla wrote @

sure, Im super excited, my teacher just told me I can get them as soon as april

  MGL wrote @

Good, I’m glad for you. I just got the pointe shoes and they hurt but they’re SO cool!

  Piper wrote @

Hi my name is Piper and I would love to go en pointe. I have been dancing since I was two, I started taking ballet classes since I was five, ballet is my life and I dance around my house all the time. I’m in level 6 at my ballet studio. (Each level has two levels: AB, CD and so on) My teacher says I have improved greatly over the past year and a half. I think that I am ready for pointe work. I dance for about six hours a week and am taking a pre pointe class combined with my regular technique class. At my ballet studio everybody has to be fourteen to sixteen before you are able to go en pointe. Both me and my mother think that is absurd. But my ballet instructor thinks that sixteen is the premium age. So I need some help to ask my teacher about it. Also the rest of my ballet group is going en pointe and most of them are nine or ten. Please help? Also I am eleven.

  MGL wrote @

I’m eleven, too. You can ask your doctor or even parent or guardian if you have developed calves and feet, a big sign that you’re ready for point work, and if they say that you do, then you can go and say politely, “Excuse me, but do you think I;m ready for pointe?” Don’t pester your instructor about it, she/he would get really mad, but ask her. Also, make sure you have good upper body strength and turn-out, too, because that will help. Be prepared-pointe is painful-but you’ll love it. I jut got my pointe shoes today and I already feel on cloud nine!!!

  Quilla wrote @

Its very possible your teacher might just say yes, and not get mad. I asked my teacher and she just smile and said in 2 months, I am so excited

  Jillian wrote @

I’m 12 years old. I started seriously dancing this year and I just started taking ballet. My teacher said I have an almost perfect turn out and I really want to go on pointe as soon as possible. Are there any excersises I can do to strengthen my ankles and technique? Links to websites would be awesome!

  MGL wrote @

Well, you could stay on demi-pointe (some dance schools called it relavae) for sometime and just work on being able to hold it. If your dance studio provides
pre-pointe classes, make sure you take those. Make sure you stretch out your calves, and then when your in ballet class work on squeezing your calf muscles tight, but not too tight because you could hurt yourself, but just enough so that your dance instructor can see if your muscles and if you are anywhere near ready for pointe work. Also, you need to have good upper body and arm strength. You also need to be able to tuck your behind under and your stomach in because it’s easier to balance that way. Good luck!

  Chloe wilkinson wrote @

I am 10 well nearly and I have been doing ballet from when I was 3 I have been wanting pointe shoes since I was 8 so now I know a bit more about them because I’ve always wanted to be a prima balletrina like Darcy Bussell

  MGL wrote @

Do you want tips about going on pointe or what? Because I don’t know by your age and how many years you have danced if you are ready for pointe, but you sound ready to me. Talk to your dance instructor.

  MGL wrote @

Darcy Bussell is a good dancer.

  Quilla wrote @

MLG: do you have any tips on how you think I can get oon pointe REALLY fast, My teacher says 2-8 months, a year at most
My teacher says I need just to try and perfect my basics, leave tour jetes behind for a bit and work on chasses and things.
Do you have any tips on how I can get just small things like chasses and even plies better, I REALLY want pointe shoes, I am the only girl but 1 in my class without them, Can you please help me?
P.S.
Do you have an email? I want to send you my “Am i ready for pointe video” if I can, I filemed it awhile ago so I am better, but tips on that would be good too

  MGL wrote @

I can’t give you my email, sorry, and I’m not an expertise on dancing facts, so I think you should talk to your teacher about that. She knows you better and how you dance, so maybe you should talk to her. Also, MGL is my initials, just F.Y.I.

  Quilla wrote @

oh, ok, sorry

  MGL wrote @

No, no. It wasn’t your fault. Just some parental restrictions. Hey, do you life in the United States? I do.

  MGL wrote @

Not life. Live.

  Quilla wrote @

Yep, I live in Maine. I can’t wait to get my pointe shoes, how is it going for you? I go en pointe in my friends almost everyday, and I do fine.

  MGL wrote @

I live in Florida. I wouldn’t go on pointe in your friends shoes because they might not be the right fit so then you would damage your feet, and I would wait until your instructor gives the O.K. My dance teacher said that instead of pre-pointe, she’d give us a lesson on sewing your pointe shoes. She’s so nice. It’s really fun. In a poetic way, I say, “It’s as if, if only for a fraction of a second, you could do anything you set not just your mind, but also your heart to. Go ballet!!!

  Quilla wrote @

My friend and I have the same size feet, my teacher told each of us about what size pointe shoe we would were.
My friend and I only were a 2

  MGL wrote @

Hey, Quilla, how old are you?

  Quilla wrote @

Im turning 12 March 3rd, I know my feet are really small, but I’m only about 4′ 6″ tall.
I was about to get my pointe shoes, I already had a fitting set up, but we just got a new teacher at our studio and she says none of us can go en pointe until we are 16, I am so sad, my friend Ana was going to get her pointe shoes too. I hate our new teacher

  MGL wrote @

16! That’s crazy! 16 is way too old. I’m 11, too, and I just got my pointe shoes! I would tell an adult or something and then they could talk to the owner about this girl because that is not right! Oh, and happy early birthday.

  Quilla wrote @

Oh, Thanks.
Im going to start taking pointe at another school along with my current one

  MGL wrote @

That’s cool. Is it really cold up there in Maine? It’s pretty cold down here, but I’m guessing our coldest day is your average summer day, right? Do you have to sew your own pointe shoes there? We have to. And now that I’m sewing my own pointe shoes, I’m learning how to sew my normal ballet shoes, too. It’ll call for quicker and more accurate pointe shoe sewing than asking one of my past teachers to.

  Quilla wrote @

Its about 30 or so here. Is it harrd to sew your own pointe shoes, we don’t have to until next week

  MGL wrote @

I’m sewing them tomorrow. So you got them? I thought you said you couldn’t until you were 16.

  Alexa wrote @

Hey guys. I asked my teacher if she lets any one in my level on pointe and she said no! I was so sad. But I might go up a level this summer and get en pointe! I really hope I do. If I do I want to audition for ABT’s summer intensive or even SAB’s! But I’ll probably know when I get on pointe in the summer. I can’t wait!

  Alexa wrote @

Also the other girls all go en pointe usually at the same time and I don’t think it’s right to have all the girls on at the same time especially since some of their feet aren’t fully developed.

  MGL wrote @

Alexa: Yeah, I felt the same way too, earlier in the year. I got my pointe shoes just recently, and my dance teacher said that it’s everyone or no one. Thankfully we were all ready, and we all got on pointe, but I was so nervous! I just got on pointe a few weeks ago, and I was told in about November all that, so I’d be patient. We’ve all been in your position!!! Oh, and I have a best friend named Alexa.

  Quilla wrote @

MLG: I joined the other dance school, so I have them at one place, not the other.I havent danced in them yet though

  MGL wrote @

Quilla: That’s awesome! I’m so happy for you! Oh and I’m MGL, not MLG. Is Quilla your first name?

  Alexa wrote @

I love one of my teachers but the other one seems to always find something wrong with what I’m doing and it kinda gets me frustrated because she is the co-owner of my studio.

  MGL wrote @

Alexa: You know what that means, right? Welcome to the family! If your ballet instructor thought you were bad and didn’t care about ballet, then she would pay no attention to you. If she thought you were average, she’d be congratulating you on your efforts and telling you “good job” in class. But when she calls you out like that, that means she really likes you and thinks you are one of the best dancers in your studio at that age range. It might not seem like that at first, but it’s true. Trust me, I was in your position too, and I got a special part in the recital dance. It also means that she’s pushing your limits to see how good of a dancer you could be, correcting the slightest arch of the back, the sliver of not enough plie. Just wait. Your dance teacher might be trying to see if you’re ready for pointe. She will show she thinks you’re the best in a matter of time. Good luck on your dance career, girl! You seem to be turning out as a good ballet dancer by the way your dance teacher does that.

  MGL wrote @

Sorry my last message was kind of long, but I had to put lots of stuff in it, so it just turned out to be that long.

  Soleil wrote @

I REALLY wanna be on pointe because its such a beautiful art, and whenever I behold pointe shoes I’m virtually hypnotized! So I don’t know why I’m reading this, but yeah!

DANCING IS MY LIFE! Without dance, I would be dead

  MGL wrote @

Nice…

  Lexi wrote @

I love Ballet but ive been taking it for 8 years and i havent gotten on pointe yet!!!!!!!!!!

  Quilla wrote @

How old are you, have you asked your teacher about it? I got en pointe after a year and a half, so you seem pretty prepared. A good way to figure if you might go on soon is if other girls/guys(they sometimes go en pointe too) are going en pointe, many teachers like almost everyone on at the same time.

  Paige wrote @

I love ballet, and I really want to be on pointe, but I don’t know if I’m ready. None of the other girls in my level are en pointe, but some were moved up and got en pointe. How I will i ever get pointe shoes? P.S. I’m 12 and have done ballet for 3-4 years
Please respond!!!!!
Paige

  Paige wrote @

I’m also the oldest in my class… Everyone else my age got moved up! Now I’m stuck with 3rd and 4th graders… :(

  Paige wrote @

Sorry 4th and 5th graders…

  audrey wrote @

just keep on working hard, and maybe do some foot exercises at home to improve your balance and strength so maybe when you go to class your teacher will see how strong and able you are, that maybe she might let you go on pointe. And another way is to just simply ask your teacher. If i hadn’t asked my teacher if i could go on pointe i would probably not be on pointe right now. I hope this helps, if not then just tell me and i will try to think of something else. :)

  Paige wrote @

Ok I’ll do foot exercises at home and after spring break I’ll ask my teacher if I can go en pointe! Thanks for the advice, Audrey!

  Paige wrote @

:)

  Paige wrote @

What kind of exercises should I do?

  Rose wrote @

I’m so nervous! Tomorrow in class we find out who’s going en pointe. My friends think I am, but I don’t. I’m so scared!!! Good luck to all of you aspiring dancers!!

  Paige wrote @

Good luck Rose! I hope you’re on pointe! Tell us the results tomorrow after your class! Good luck,
Paige

  Paige wrote @

Can someone please reply to my question?!?!

  audrey wrote @

There is a whole bunch of exercises you can do; you can use thera bands, and a tennis ball or you can simply just do a lot of releve’s and eleve’s to strengthen your feet. you can also go on youtube and type in foot excercises and there should be plenty of videos to watch. hope this helped! :)

  Paige wrote @

Thank you so much!!this has really helped I can feel it in my calves! I’m sure I will be strong enough for pointe after I do these exercises !:):):):) thank u so much!! Paige

  Rose wrote @

Im so excited!!!!!! Last night I found out that I’m going en pointe!!! My dance treacher is taking a few girls to the dance store and we are fitting and buying the pointe shoes in mid to late April. I’m especially happy because in December my teacher wasn’t playing on putting me en pointe. Now I know that I’ve improved A LOT. I worked especially hard for the past few months. So hard work pays off a lot! I’ve proved myself to be stronger and a better dancer than I’ve ever been..anyway..good luck to you all and thank you for all of your support!! I’m so excited and can’t wait to tell u more about it:)

  Rose wrote @

Oops I typed my email wrong..😜 anyway I meant to say that

  Paige wrote @

Good job Rose! Congrats on getting en pointe! I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Paige

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  Mckenzie wrote @

Hey it’s ok if u feel left out don’t be it’s becuz ur teacher doesn’t think ur quite ready yet and she wants u to get there properly. I’m 13 and on pointe shoes and I’ve been taking ballet since I was two and if u start early then great and if u don’t its fine just u need to have ur legs strong and same this with ur feet as well and on work out I did before I got on pointe shoes is running doing all ur warm up in class stretch and balance I still do it so just becuz u have pointe shoes doesn’t mean u can slack off ethier I have class twice a week and its so much fun and I have one dance class during school so I get to dance every day yaaay so with all ur hard work faith hope passion and practice it will be so much fun and ull love it I promise I hope this helped and email me if u have any questions for my teacher or me at kenzilh13@hotmail.com thx bye

  Paige wrote @

Thank u Mckenzie! I will practice a lot more now!
Paige

  Paige wrote @

Urg! I’m so mad at myself! I was about 2 ask my teacher if I could go on pointe but then our director came in and said she needed our leotard sizes 4 our performance, and while we were doin that she left! And my other teacher I didn’t ask either!
Paige;(

  audrey wrote @

don’t worry, just be patient and the right time to ask will come! :)

  Paige wrote @

Ok I’ll ask 2morrow….. Wish me luck!!!!😁

  Britknee kock wrote @

This website really helped me coz 1 of ma students who goes by the name of Millie Irvine is rubbish but is quite strong on her feet and ankles and I just needed some advice on deciding so I am gonna wait a bit till I let her on pointe x

  Paige wrote @

I really want to go en pointe!!!! but im not sure my level is supposed to go en pointe. im 12 and this is my 5th year of ballet but im only in level 2 because i switched ballet studios a lot. Please help!!!

  Matigan wrote @

Hello, I am a ballet dancer and have been dancing for four years now. I am 11 years old and I take dance classes for 2 hours, 2 times a week. I am in 6th grade and this year my dance studio lets all 6th graders go en pointe. I went to the doctor and she asked about dance. i told her i was going en pointe. she said you cant go en pointe until you have your period. I havent had mine yet. Is this true. Where can I go to get a pointe test?

-Matigan

  Paige wrote @

Hi Matigan
You do not have to have to have your period to go en pointe. What really matters is the strength in your legs and feet and if the growth plates in your feet have started to fuse. This generally happens at about twelve, so I think your ready for pointe! Have fun!
Paige

  Matigan wrote @

Thank you so much!

  Paige wrote @

I don’t know where you could go to get a pointe test, but you could ask your teacher to test you. Good luck!

  Paige wrote @

You are very welcome! 😉 Have fun en pointe!
Paige😜

  Paige wrote @

Can someone please reply to my question?

  Rose wrote @

How old are the ret of the student in your ballet class? Levels often differ from scho to school. You should ask your instructor when you might be able to go en pointe. But first, you might want to take into consideration a few questions: how strong are my feet? How strong are my ankles? Can I stretch my knees fully? How is my pointe? Is my core strong? These are all the most important questions one can ask themselves before going en pointe. Keep strengthening and be sure to ask your instructor about pointe work! Maybe you can take a few private lessons a month to make sure you can do some advanced work outside of level two. Good luck Paige!

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  Paige wrote @

Thanks rose! I will think on that! Air max black… What are you talking about?

  Paige wrote @

Guess what? I might get to go en pointe next season, or maybe earlier! I’m so excited!

  Paige wrote @

Hey, does anyone know where I could get a Thera band?

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

amazon, ebay, and dance store online, or a dance or gym store near you

  Paige wrote @

Thanks I found one

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  Lily wrote @

I don’t know if this is the right place to ask, but I figured I could try…. I’m going to college next year and I want to take some introductory ballet classes. I haven’t done ballet before but I’ve been an Irish dancer for 9 years so my feet and ankles are very strong. I have done Irish pointe work and I can also hold releve for over two minutes. Do you think I could go en pointe in an introductory course or is that not a thing they teach?

  Paige wrote @

Lily,
I don’t think you could go en pointe because you are taking an intoductory class you might be strong enough fro Irish pointe but you are taking an introductory class and pointe is not taught in that class. Good luck!
Paige

  Niamh wrote @

I’m nearly 12 and have been doing ballet for nearly a year, i think I’m quite good at it and although I know I probably won’t be ready for pointework yet, but when do you think I might be ready? Do you have any tips to help me get better? Thanks

  Hannah wrote @

Hiya everyone,
My name is Hannah, I’m 11 years old (12 in 3 months) and I’ve been dancing since I was 4. I currently do 2hrs 15mins of ballet and 1hr 30mins of modern/tap per week. My dance teacher emailed everyone the timetable for september a few weeks ago and me and my friend were both ECSTATIC when we found out we would be taking pointe prep classes for half an hour each week! She asked my dance teacher how long it would be until we go en pointe and she said ‘fairly soon’ how long is fairly soon?! Anyway, my friend is REALLY strong, especially in her calves and ankles. I asked her how she does it and she doesn’t know. I guess it’s just because she was built that way and she works hard. I am trying to get stronger for pointe so that after pointe prep I can go en pointe ASAP. I try to do over 50 relevaes (sorry ’bout the spelling) every night and sometimes walk around on tiptoe and pointe my feet whenever I can to help with my arch. I was just wondering, is there’s anything else I could do to strengthen me for pointe? Please help!
Hannah xxx (sorry it’s so long)

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

Hannah-
Something that would help alot would be to purchase a theraband, the can be bought online or at dance or exercise stores. Do single footed releves or hold a single footed releve for five minutes (youll muscules will be yelling, but its worth it).You can also do lots of jumps (1st to 2nd, ect.), but really focus on keeping a VERY small plie, that will make your calves and feet work more.Make sure you work through you point, flex-releve-point in the air, this will also help with muscle control. I can give any other tips you need, but this is a start!
Macy Pelkington

  Hannah wrote @

Thanks Macy!
I am going to order a theraband soon and I have online but I’m not really sure what colour/strength to get – what would you recommend? I have tried the single footed relevaes and will definitely try the 5 minute ones. I am also going to try and work at my jumps a bit more like you suggested. Thanks again for your help!
Hannah

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

Hannah-
For the theraband get one medium-hard in strength, if your going on pointe your feet will be strong enough for a tougher one. I would suggest a blue or black one. Do lots of stretches with this even just pointing your toes (the slower the better). You can look up alot more exercises for therabands on youtube and stuff. Anything else you need help with I can answer! Oh, and also, if you want to strengthen your ankles alot more you can purchase ankle weights online(i suggest 2-3 pounds) just wear them around and your feet will strengthen without you even knowing!
macy!

  Paige wrote @

Hi guys
I advanced to the level where i can go en pointe in my studio,and I am doing summer classes, but am a shy person and can’t muster the courage to ask my teacher. My first summer class is in two days and I don’t have a clue of what to do or say! Please help!
Paige

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

Dont ask her if you can go en pointe,ask her what you can work on to get there ask her what you need to strengthen,work better on turn out, etc.
She will relize you rintrested in pointe and will give you tips and tell you when you can go en pointe!

  Julia wrote @

Hi I’m julia and I’m obsessed with ballet I started when I was 4 and do 3 hours of class and 10 mins each day I do festivals and always get placed I came second in my classical ballet against 13 year old I’m 11. I was wondering when I’m able to go up on pointe I’m small for my age but have strong calves and ankles I try on my sisters pointe shoes size 7 me a 1 and can prance around without it hurting a lot

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  Paige wrote @

Julia,
I don’t know when you will go en pointe, but probably when your 12 or 13. If you go up earlier, you may damage the not yet grown bones in your feet. It is good that your feet are strong, but don’t dance in another’s pointe shoe. Pointe shoes are very certain to a dancers needs, and you could ruin the bones in your foot.
Hope I helped!
Paige😜

  Julia wrote @

Yey I’ve got long legs and can balance on my toes for 10 secs me and my friend might do stretch and before pointe classes

  mina wrote @

hi i am mina i have been in dance for 5 years i am 10 but big for my age i am crazy strong and good i would love to be on point

  Rose wrote @

Hi Mina! I suggest you fort ask your teacher about pointe and see what she says. Let us know the response!!

  mina wrote @

the thing is i have to be 11

  mina wrote @

and i am a little neveros (sorry) to ask i mean i have done a little point work but i dont know what she will say

  Julia wrote @

Hi I was when I could get pointe I’m 12 in January 3 rd and do 3 classical ballet a week I do competitions and always get placed help me

  mina wrote @

i do 8 classes but iam still nervous

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

mina: Try asking your teacher what you can improve on until you can get en point
Julia:
Tell our teacher you are interested in pointe work and ask her what you can improve on until then, PERFECT EVERYTHING, practice at home, do everything you can. Remember, you can always get better!

Hope I helped!
Macy P.

  Kate wrote @

I’m getting my first pair today! So exited!

  Rose wrote @

Congratulations!!!! You deserve it :)

  mina wrote @

ok i asked and she said to take normal classes with the point techer for about a year and with that said she moved me to intermediate

  Maddy wrote @

I wish it worked like that for me… :P my teacher says I might damage my foot bones because Im to young but Im almost 13!!!

  Hannah wrote @

Different teachers and studios have different rules as too when girls can go en pointe. It’s probably best to longer though, you might damage your feet less. I don’t know though.
Hannah

  Avery wrote @

Hello!
My name is Avery and I just now came back to this lovely website after a year of dance. I am 12 years old and I have taken ballet for about 3-4 years, plus Lyrical and hiphop. This year will be my second year in the Pre-pointe class and I have built up a lot of strength over the past year. I would really like to get en pointe before I gratuate but we have a new and very strict teacher this year. I might be ready at the end of this year but what would I tell the teacher in order for her to even consider me to go en pointe? Any help is much appreciated! ❤

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

Avery-
Ask her what you can work on before you go en pointe, this will let her know you are interested and she will give you tips. Are any other girls going en pointe soon? She most likely wont let only one person go on at one time, teachers wait until the whole class is ready or at least 4-5 girls. Do a lot at home, and get even stronger! Also, you can try to use ankle weights, you can read about them online.

  Elena wrote @

Hi im Elena

I just started ballet in July im exactly 5.0 feet tall and my weight Is 134 pounds im 12 years old just turn 12 in june 9th..obviously im on flat the classes are once a week for one hour every Thursday…I wanted to know how long will it take to be in pointe :) and how to take care of my toes and how old I will be when I get on pointe thank you
Love Elena

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

Hey! Welcome to ballet!!
Pointe work takes alot of strength and you will have to be on flat atleast 2-3 years before pointe, do work at home and you will want to up how many classes you take a week, 2-3 is best. I can give tips on excersices if you would like

  Alyssa Gryson wrote @

hi elena
i am 13 and have been doing ballet for at least 4 years and i am going on pointe this october or so my teacher says.i am really glad but loads of my friends that are on poite already say it really hearts and there feet are so bruised and always bleeding so dont rush things you could heart yourself. if you are good and have strong muscles then hopefuly you will go on poite maybe when your thirteen.hope this helped.

  Alyssa Gryson wrote @

Hi i’m Alyssa and i’m 13 i started dancing ballet when i was 6 with a very strict teacher and stayed there until i was about 10 then i left because my teacher was too stricted and would make us cry.about a year ago i strated back at ballet but with a diferent teacher she is softer.So i have quite a bit of experience and she says i will be going on point at the end of this september.i am so glad.i have heard about different types of pointe shoes for different shaped feet and i would like to know if teachers give those different shoe shaped points to their students or if they are just for professionals?any help?thank you

  Hannah wrote @

Hey guess what?! In my pointe prep class my teacher was standing at the back looking at all the Demi pointers instead of both us and the girls already on pointe, and she made us do all the exercises in the centre instead off the barre so we could show off our core strength, and she said some of might b able to go en point soon! Not sure how long soon is tho lol
Hannah x

  Kaylie wrote @

Hi, my name is Kaylie. This isn’t going to be a long comment, and I know I’m not ready for point because no one else my age (10-11) are on point yet. My question is, though, is for my feet. My feet are very strong, but I have a bit of a strained muscle in the middle of my foot. And my feet are always hurting after dance class. (I take lots of classes, so maybe that’s why) So my question is will I ever be ready for point? And will it make my feet even worse and cause bad medical problems?

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

You will be on pointe some day if you persue dance. It may take longer though.
My feet used to hurt after dance too. I Know something that usually helps with your sore foot muscles.

1) Find a tennis ball or something round and about that size.
2) Put it on the floor
3) Put your foot on it and roll it around, pressing into with your foot and keeping around the part thats sore.
This always helped me!
Love
Macy

  Alyssa Gryson wrote @

Hey its Alyssa
Hi could someone please answer my question.please
love Alyssa

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

Alyssa-
Your teacher will take you to get your feet fitted for pointe shoes.
The person fitting you will know the best brand of pointe shoes for you. For instance, Bloch has shorter pointe shoes that are wider, where as Capezio has long stream lined shoes for longer feet.
The fitter will tell you the best brand.
Macy

  Ally wrote @

Um- Hi everybody
Im ally, 12 years old, Ive danced modern for 7 years, ballet for 6 months, how long will it take me to get en pointe? I can go en pointe in my ballet flats but my teacher doesn’t think Im ready for pointe shoes.

All my friends think Im ready, Ive danced in pointe shoes before, doing releves and stuff, and I go en pointe in normal flats.
When will I be ready?
Ally

  alexa wrote @

Hello everyone so I wrote on here a long time ago just wanted to tell you all my story. so this summer for the summer intensive me and two other girls were moved up in the summer. we were only supposed to stay in that level but my ballet mistress said that we could move up in the fall and get pointe shoes immediately. that was in July and its October now and I have gone through two pairs of pointes already so I’m on my third pair now. my first two I killed only in one month each. my first pair was fuzi soft I hated them they probably died in two weeks but I waited. my second was Bloch axioms hard those didn’t really work for my feet. I am currently on grishko 2007s I really like them.

  Femke wrote @

I have two different ballet teachers. One thinks I’m ready for point and the other does not.
The one hoe DOESN’T think I’m ready gave me two choices:
Going on point next year
Going on point bit do different, easier exercises
Going fully on point.
She gave me one more week to decide. In the mean time I’m training my ancles like 24/7 but I’m not sure it will be enough…
what should I decide? Please help me :(

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

Go en pointe, even if your other teacher lets you en pointe you will start out with easy stuff

  Ally wrote @

PLEASE READ! I REALLY NEED AN ANSWER!!!
Um- Hi everybody
Im ally, 12 years old, Ive danced modern for 7 years, ballet for 6 months, how long will it take me to get en pointe? I can go en pointe in my ballet flats but my teacher doesn’t think Im ready for pointe shoes.

All my friends think Im ready, Ive danced in pointe shoes before, doing releves and stuff, and I go en pointe in normal flats.
When will I be ready?
Ally

  Paige wrote @

Ally,
You will probably not go en pointe it you have started ballet for only 6 months, even though you’ve danced modern a long time. Ballet is so different from modern that it will take you a little while to get used to it. Most girls that go en pointe have been doing ballet for years. I would also advise to not go en pointe in your flats because you could break or injure something.
Paige

  Hailey wrote @

Hi guys! My name is Hailey and my dream is to go on pointe. I don’t think there’s anything I would love more. :) I’ve been doing ballet for about 2 years now and I’m 12 years old (7th grade). I started modern classes a year ago, and my ballet classes have always been two times a week. All of the other girls my age are on pointe and are always picking on me, asking why I’m stuck in classes with the little kids. I’d like to know when it might be okay to go on pointe (of course, my teacher would have to agree too) and what stretches I can do to prepare for pointe. Thanks so much!

  Paige wrote @

Hey guys!
I am going to ask my teacher tomorrow when I can go en pointe! Wish me luck!
P.S. I’ve been dancing for 6 years now, I’m turning 13 next month (7th grade)

  Hannah wrote @

Good luck!!! I’m getting my first pair on Saturday, me and my friend are going into London with our teacher to get them! 🙊

  Hailey wrote @

Can anyone answer me please?

  Rose wrote @

Ok Hailey, first of all…it’s great that you’re so passionate about dance! But I suggest that you ask your teacher and parents to schedule at least one more class for you a week. Two days a week isn’t quite enough hours to stay consistent with pointe. Also, I think you should talk to your teacher about some Pre-pointe exercises. So even if you can’t go on pointe yet you’re definitely working towards it. And don’t feel bad about not being on pointe yet, if you’ve only been dancing for a couple years there’s no rush to get up so fast. Everyone has their own pace. Sometimes the best dancers don’t go en pointe until they’re like 15 or so. So basically, don’t rush. Keep trying consistently and working hard and you’ll definitely get there. As for some exercises, a really good one is to just walk on your three-quarter pointe whenever you have the chance. It will strengthen your feet and ankles. Also, practice tolling through your arches and stretching them. Another good and simple exercise is just to slowly roll up from flat floor to Demi pointe and back. And keep doing that. Good luck hailey, tell me how it goes!

  Karstyn wrote @

I would just like to say that my mom owns a dance studio and 10 is the youngest she ever usually let’s anybody en pointe and that’s only if they have taken ballet consecutively for at least five years. When I was 11 (10th year dancer), I started pointe. I was in pre-pointe for two years before that. By the time I was twelve I was taking up to 25 hrs of dance a week! 6 of which were ballet. I’m 13 now and my mom let me take some weekend classes at the Atlanta Ballet. The jazz teacher also teaches at the performing arts school in Atlanta the my mom would like me to attend. He said I am a very good dancer but need more pointe and ballet training my dad aggrees I have no idea how I’ll fit it into my schedule even though I’ve reduced it to 20 hrs a week (including weekends) because I also cheer for an all-star cheer team in douglasville. My dad can’t take too much more traveling. How can I get into the school I want under these circumstances?

  Avery wrote @

Hey again!
I’m back after almost a whole year of pre pointe again and my teacher finally asked me if I wanted to do pointe work! Of course and said yes and next year I’m doing pointe! I get my pointe shoes in Feburary! <3 Thanks for all the help guys!

  Lily wrote @

So, I have done ballet about 4 months and I am doing a summer intensive. After our auditions, the teachers said if we were in, am what level we would be. They said I would be placed in pre-pointe and would go en pointe by the end of the summer. Does this sounds fast to anyone else? I REALLY want to go en pointe, so do a lot of girls in my class, so no one has said anything. Is that bad??

  jade wrote @

so when i was five i started ballet and i then left when i was nine . im thinking about restarting but doing pointe work . i can walk on my pointes for 5 seconds . i practise every day . im to scared to ask my teacher as she was the one who didnt seem to like me .

  Lucy wrote @

You cannot simply start ballet again and do pointe work from the beggining. When you say walk on your pointed do you mean in pointe shoes flats of bare feet? All of those can be very dangerous, even correct shoes can cause ingury!! PLEASE don’t go en pointe without a trained professional and permission from your teachers!

  Arriana wrote @

Hey Everyone!
So I have been doing ballet for about four months and I am already on demi-pointe! My best friend and I were the same size shoes, in ballet flats, street shoes and everything. She let me try on her pointe shoes and they were a perfect fit!!! I did a few releves, and my ankles didn’t even wobble! About five minutes later I was doing cheyenne and pique turns EN POINTE! I also did a single and 1.5 pirrouette. Do you think I could ask my teacher if I could go en pointe? Do I seem ready?
Thanks Everyone! PLEASE REPLY
Arrianna

  Leah wrote @

Hi! so I have been doing ballet for a year or so and I’m pretty good. I have tried on my friends pointe shoes they were a little big but I could walk around in them and stand on one foot. I would wobble a little. I have really good balance at times at okay at others but I am really strong in my feet and ankles. I can walk on my toes in boots and flats and stuff. if I have someone holding my hands I can do a turn on my toes in boots or something. do you think I’m ready for pointe? thanks! and reply!
Leah

  Rose wrote @

I’m 13 and have just started ballet. I am very strong and have a gift for balancing and good form. I secretly tried on my friend’s pointe shoes and I could easily dance in them. I’m too afraid to ask my teacher if I can start on pointe. Everyone else in my class is on pointe. Can I ask?

  Rose wrote @

Also, like someone else said, I can walk on my toes in boots and flats. I just know that I can be on pointe!! I’m still so afraid to even dare ask my teacher. I also have a very strong and high releve in flats…am I ready? Can I ask my teacher? Please reply!!

  Macy Pelkington wrote @

Rose, rather than straight up asking you teacher say “what can I work on before I’m ready for pointe?” This lets your teacher know your interested and she might put you up right then!!

  Rose wrote @

Thanks!! That’s a good idea.

  Olivia wrote @

http://youtu.be/wsp7PCK4xNM please watch this and tell me if you think I’m good enough for pointe and what I should improve!:)

  Paige wrote @

Olivia
I think it might be good for you to improve your arch a little more, as this is very important to pointe. I’m not sure you are ready for pointe technique-wise, because i am not your teacher. generally you have to be 11 or 12 before you start, and at least 3 years of ballet training.
-Paige
hope I helped!

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  Rose wrote @

PLEASE READ THIS!!
I have been doing ballet, tap, and jazz dancing for 5 months now, and for being 13, I’m VERY good, according to my classmates and teacher. (and myself) I have very strong leg muscles in all areas of the leg, and VERY good balance. My friend who is en pointe isn’t as strong as me even. I secretly tried on her pointe shoes one day, and they fit, so I walked in them. I could even do turns in them and it was awesome!! I just know I could be en pointe. I even can walk on my toes in boots with hard toes. I’m just too afraid to ask my teacher. I would even wait until next year. Only next year!!! Then I must!! I was thinking I could definitely wear these: http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_DP802.html?&pid=8911&Shop=Style&SID=546290056

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  jade wrote @

so when i was five i started ballet and i then left when i was nine . im thinking about restarting but doing pointe work . i can walk on my pointes for 5 seconds . i practise every day . im to scared to ask my teacher as she was the one who didnt seem to like me .I AM USING PLIMSOLES AND 5 PAIR OF SOCKS TO DO POINTE .

  Alyssa Gryson wrote @

hey jade
i don´t know how old you are but please don´t walk on your pointes it is so bad for you and i think you shouldnt be scared of asking

  Alyssa Gryson wrote @

hi
i have been doing ballet for 7 years i am 13 and my teacher says im ready for points but i am not sure if i want to,because i don´t want my feet to get ruined please help
what are the best ways to protect my feet

  jade wrote @

so every one i never listen to advice instead i whent ahead to a pointe shoes shop and got fitted . the lady said i was really good and im buying my grishko 2007 pro-flex size 5.5 xx soon ps im 12 and a half

  Star wrote @

Hi everybody! My name is Star, and I am almost 13. I have been dancing classical ballet since I was 2. just this week, my dance instructor told me I was ready for pointe. She said I need to go to a sports medicine doctor, so they can test my feet for muscles and bone structure. What should I expect? What kind of tests will I do?
Thanks!

  Star wrote @

Rose:
I was exactly the same as you! I have very good feet and legs, and I have tried on my cousin’s pointe shoes. I also walk on the tips of my boots all the time! (They are actually rather worn-down from doing it so much!) I want to encourage you, because I was sooooooo afraid to ask my teacher if I was ready for pointe. I know how you feel!!!!! but then one week, she had my class do evaluations for pointe, and I made it! you could try just asking your teacher if your class is going to do evaluations or something like that. try not to make it sound all about you, because it would make her feel pressured. just try to sound curious, and easy-going. Also, if you would like, you could go to a physical therapist, sports medicine, or chiropractor doctor and have them tell you if your feet were ready for pointe. Good luck, and I hope you get your pointe shoes soon!

Star, age 13

  Rose wrote @

Thank you soooooooo much!! That is very helpful!! :)

  Hannah wrote @

Hi I am Hannah and I am thirteen almost fourteen years old. I have been taking ballet class for two years now and I am wondering if I am ready or close to becoming ready for pointe. In dance, all of my teachers have raved about my feet because I have flexible ankles, a great arch, and a wonderful point (or so they tell me). A lot of the older girls who are seventeen or eighteen have just started their first pointe lesson and I am worried about not having enough experience when I want to continue dancing throughout college and life. Any advice? Thanks in advance!

  Dancersoph wrote @

Wat r the 4 techniques tht they test u on ???

  Emily wrote @

I am 12 and I am just starting ballet. I can go on the tips of my toes and hold it there, but I can’t walk on them or anything. I started ballet when I was 5 then I quite and went to tap. I then started doing gymnastics and quit AGAIN after breaking my arm. I havent done any sports or dance since now. How long will it take to get my first pair of pointe shoes. BTW I do ankle strengthening exercises 2 times a day.

  natasha wrote @

Hi I’m going to be 13 in june and I have done dance since I was 4 but I only started ballet last year. My class is starting pointe in august and my teacher says that my ankles are getting really strong and my technique is getting better too. But I still would like some ideas to strengthen my muscles. Any ideas?

  Rose wrote @

I have been doing ballet for 8 months now and I just turned 14. I KNOW I’m ready for pointe, but am too afraid to ask my teacher. I was wondering if it would be okay to get something like these, and practice on my own? PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!!!

http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_DP802.html?&pid=8911&Shop=Style&SID=546290056

  Hannah wrote @

It’s awesome that you’re ready for pointe! I am in the same boat but from doing research I found out you shouldn’t start pointe on your own because you could develop bad habits that could take years to fix. Also you could damage your feet while they are still growing (if they are) and might not be able to dance again. If you really want to teach yourself, you should still talk to your dance instructor and get her (or his) opinion before trying anything that could damage your feet on your own time. The best thing to do is to just ask your teacher if you are ready for pointe and if she says no, ask her what you’ll have to do to become ready. Hope this helps! And good luck!

  Rose wrote @

Thank you!! :)

  Amanda wrote @

Hi my name is Amanda
I have been doing ballet for 1 and a half years. ive done contempary for 2 years. I really want to do pointe. I have a very high arch on my foot and my ankles are quite strong. I have been told I have one of the most arched feet In the whole ballet school. ive got a problem though, I have pre mature bunyens on my feet. (runs in the family -.-) but I don’t think that pointe shoes would do that any harm whatsoever. Do you think im ready or nah

  Rose wrote @

Can you go en pointe in these shoes? Just a releve? Because the picture says you can…are they good for beginners?
http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_DP802.html?&pid=8911&Shop=Style&SID=583828569

  Kay wrote @

You cannot go en pointe in those shoes.That picture is misleading. They are the equivalent of “soft” or “cannibalised” pointe shoes and are only suitable for doing work off pointe. They can be good for beginners before pointe in the sense that you have to work a lot harder through the box to point your foot and so can strengthen them. A lot of dancers turn their old pointe shoes into soft pointes to dance in when they are not en pointe.

  Rose wrote @

Thank you, I thought the picture was a little off!


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