Реагент в Шагонаре 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”:


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!!!


Old School Toe-Tapping

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

As I said in yesterday’s blog, toe-tapping isn’t as well-known or practiced, but it has been an idea and performed for quite some time!



Saturday, July 10th, 2010

While quite a literal example of ballet helping with tap, toe-tapping is when taps are on the toe of Pointe shoes. Although this discipline is not very well-known or practiced, it is slowly, but surely, picking up popularity in the dance world. And it is quite a contradiction too! Tap requires a lot of loose ankle movements; not floppy, but requires a disconnect at the ankle between leg and toes. Pointe, on the other hand, is all about control and ankle stability. To combine the two seems, to me, to double the difficulty, intensity and danger of the discipline of toe-tapping. But, it is coooool!!!