Pointe classes must be taken in tandem with 2 ballet classes for safety and strength.
Pointe work is an extension of the skills and techniques learned in classical ballet. Without proper technique, an attempt at dancing on pointe can cause injury. Children with growing feet should not dance on pointe unless under the strict supervision of an instructor, nor should anyone lacking adequate strength and training. Other considerations for pointe work are the stage of maturity, body structure, and age. The introduction to pointe work must be gradual. Dancers should train for several years in soft slippers before they wear pointe shoes.
Pointe instructors at TDC are very focused on our dancers and their safety. The proper training and care of our students take priority over a dancer’s desire for pointe shoes. All dancers with the technique, strength, discipline and work ethic will be promoted to beginning pointe at the time that is right for them individually. Those students will begin with Preparatory Pointe for one year and then will be evaluated for Pointe class. Students must take two ballet technique classes per week in order to gain/maintain the necessary strength to facilitate pointe technique.
Intermediate ballet dancers are invited to begin pointe training after an evaluation of foot anatomy, ankle strength, and technique from the Pointe Program Director, Tia. If a dancer thinks she may be ready to begin pointe, please contact TDC to schedule a private pointe evaluation. For safety and strength, a dancer enrolled in any pointe class (preparatory-advanced) must be concurrently enrolled in two ballet classes. Pointe classes will complement and further classical training while enforcing technique learned on demi-pointe. Advanced pointe dancers will have the opportunity to participate in monthly master class partnering seminars. It is also suggested pointe dancers commit to further weekly conditioning.