Continuance of Pointe Exercises

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Okay, so you’ve exercised your ankles through the summer and fall and feel that your feet and ankles are finally getting strong enough and you are asked to go on Pointe! Congrats! But, don’t think it’s over yet. Just because you were super motivated to get permission to go on Pointe, doesn’t mean that the few ballet classes you are taking a week are enough. Even if you are taking ballet every day, you must continue to work those ankles and feet. Why? Because the stronger you are, the more you can practice in Pointe shoes while in class and the longer you can rehearse. While every Pointe dancer has to take off her Pointe shoes at some point for a break, the longer you can work your feet, the more valuable a dancer and the more hirable you are. Also, should you get hired for a Pointe gig, you want to know that you are able to protect your feet and ankles from an sudden increase in rehearsal hours. So, make sure you continue your elevées, jumps and foot strengthening exercises outside of the dance classroom even when you finally get to go up on Pointe! 

see Strengthening Tips to Get You On Pointe!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Many of our ballet students are approaching the age to begin Pointe. While this is very exciting and challenging, we all must remember that going onto Pointe is earned, not deserved with age. So, I am going to give you some great strengthening tips to better prepare your feet and ankles and, hopefully, help you get to the next level of ballet technique: Pointe!

  1. 100 relevées on each foot (so, 100 right and 100 left) – definitely use something at bar height to support you with these. Also, you may want to start at 50 each and work your way up to 100, but if you are doing them almost every day, you should get to 100 in a week or two!
  2. 50 sautées on each foot (so, 50 right and 50 left) – again, be careful, have support and build yourself up to 50 so you don’t hurt yourself!
  3. Using a thera-band, push through your foot to practice articulating each muscle! Do this on each foot 25 times!
  4. Put ankle weights on and, lying on your back, do 50 leg raises each!

While these seem simple and repetitive, dancers about to go on Pointe usually have the most trouble because of weak ankles and feet. By doing these exercises a few times a week, you will build your strength immensely and prepare your body for Point shoes and technique. Remember, even if you do these exercises twice a week, you still may not be allowed to go on Pointe in the fall. If you have concerns about your technique as you do these exercises, ask a teacher. And, if you really want to be strong, do them EVERY DAY! Good luck! Contemporary Ballet Goes Out of the Box

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

And finally, ballet can be so much fun! If you are not a ballerina at heart, classical ballet, while necessary for training, may not be your cup of tea. Instead, you may try contemporary and modern ballet such as this next clip from the movie “Center Stage”:

enter site Modern Day Toe-Tapping

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Here is a more modern example of toe-tapping. The first minute of this piece is some crazy toe tapping! I’m not sure if there are taps on her Pointe shoes, but you can see that she’s amazing!!!