Ballet Exercises - Ankle Strengthening
How do I make my ankles stronger? I haven't got my Pointe shoes yet but I am getting them soon and I want to know some good exercises to help my ankles.
Reply by Odette
To:- Ballet Exercises - Ankle Strengthening
Thanks for your message, it is great to hear from you. The first solution that instantly comes to my mind with your query is Lisa's Pre-Pointe Ebook. You are eager, young and really want to know how to strengthen your ankles. Well, Lisa's specialist advice could be exactly what you need.
Remember, just like I did before I went en pointe, ballet students MUST take responsibility for their own strengthening prior to beginning pointe work.
Australian dancer, Lisa Howell has made a video which explains how pre-point strengthening works.
Don't leave it to your teacher!
You can watch this pre-pointe video
yourself here (just wait for the page to load up then the video is on the top right of the page).
In terms of my own advice, I would take a look at my physical therapy equipment page and look at the thera bands. These bands are a great supply and ideal for strengthening your ankles and metatarsals, particularly for girls and their pointe shoes. They really are not expensive, but the ideal solution!
Otherwise, I would keep focusing on keeping strong your demi-pointe work in class because this will really help when it comes to pointe. If your demi-pointe is stable and the highest it can be, then you will be able to articulate your feet much better on pointe.
Always concentrate on keeping the correct alignment in your ankles. So, when you are pointing your foot do not sickle or fish but keep your pointe in a direct line.
Also, when you are on demi-pointe try to be as high as you can so you are fully activating the calf and ankle muscles.
Good luck for your pointe shoes and keep in touch!
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