pointe is a major goal in a dancer life. Dancing on pointe, or your toes, requires tremendous strength of the legs and feet
plus good posture of the spine. The Ballet Center has strict requirements for children and teens starting pointe
work. Adults should be at an intermediate level of ballet. How do you know when you're ready for pointe shoes? Following
are 6 requirements that must be met before considering starting pointe ballet classes - age, posture, level of training,
frequency of ballet classes, proper ballet body placement and emotional maturity.
Age for Pointe
The proper age to start pointe work is controversial. Many experts believe that a ballet dancer can begin dancing
on pointe if she is at least 10 or 11 years old. Some teachers don't attach a number at all, they simply rely on
ability. However, because growth of the foot is about complete at age 11 or 12, many agree that pointe work could be introduced
at this time. Never try dancing on pointe shoes if an instructor tells you to wait, as it's easy to become injured.
Pointe (dancing on the toes)
This class is offered only to students who are technically and physically capable
of dancing on pointe. Permission is required from Artistic Director, Debra Punzi, to attend this class. Pointe must be taken
in addition to regular ballet class. This is a 30 minute class.
Tuesday 8:30pm Tuesday
9:00pm Wednesday 6:30pm
Thursday 7:00pm Thursday 9:00pm
Tuition - $58 per month