Ballet Pointe Shoes - Pointe Shoe Practice

by Savannah

Ballet Pointe Shoes - Pointe Shoe Practice

My ballet instructor said that I could go on pointe in the fall, I want to buy my pointe shoes sooner, if I do buy them sooner will it be ok to go up on them and practice?


Ballet Pointe Shoes - Pointe Shoe Practice

Reply by Odette

ballet pre-pointe
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).

Hello Savannah,

Thank you for contacting me. It is a pleasure to hear from you.

That is great news you are able to begin pointe work soon, how exciting!

It is a good idea to buy your ballet pointe shoes in advance, as it can take some time to make sure you choose the right pair for your feet.

It is fine to try your pointe shoes on to mold them into the shape of your foot. You can wear them around the house to get a feel of what it is like with pointe shoes on.

However, if you have never done pointe before, I would advise you not to practice too much on your new pointe shoes. It is best to wait until your first lesson so you can be properly taught how to practice on pointe, otherwise you could be at great risk of injury.

It would be much more beneficial to study pre-pointe and learn about pointe shoes before you start. For extra guidance to get you prepared for pointe, the video above is very useful.

In this video, Australian dancer, Lisa Howell has made a video which explains how pre-point strengthening works. I would recommend you listening to the advice given here, as Lisa Howell gives some superb tips for pre pointe.

Best Wishes,


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