Dancing on pointe, is often an important goal in a ballerina’s dance life. This type of dancing requires incredible strength of your child’s legs and feet.
Pointe technique is one of the most recognizable and iconic elements of dancing ballet. Dancing on pointe is done with specifically designed shoes to support the dancer’s weight with the feet fully extended.
If your child shows they are ready to begin pointe work, we require them to take ballet classes three times per week. This might seem excessive, but it is vital to continue to build your child’s ballet technique, knowledge, and experience during their weekly ballet classes.
Pointe work will begin slowly and supervised to ensure your child is safe and develops their technique properly. At Debra Collier’s School of Dance we start pointe students in a special technique class to gradually introduce their bodies to dancing en pointe.
Your child will learn how to manipulate new pointe shoes to properly execute each movement. If your child is only training once a week they won’t have the strength they need to dance on pointe safely and successfully.
Another vital part of your child’s commitment to pointe is properly preparing their shoes, sewing their elastics and ribbons, and tying their ribbons. At Debra Collier’s School of Dance, we’re here to teach your child how to take care of their pointe shoes.
Laura Rodriguez, manager of Standing Ovation Performance Apparel says, “Pointe shoe fit is very personalized. The fit depends on the proportions of the foot, how much the foot compresses when en pointe, the relative strength of the dancer’s feet and legs, weight, and more. This is why it is so important to have your child’s pointe shoes professionally fit.”
Our staff will attend each student’s first pointe shoe fitting to help guide them through the process.