When can I go en pointe?

Ballet dancers young and old often see the progression onto pointe as a rite of passage in their dancing career. However, pointe work is not right for everyone, and if started too early, or without the proper preparation can cause various injuries. Often fraught with questions, progressing onto pointe can be confusing and very complicated for younger dancers. Below is are some videos that help to answer some of the trickier questions about pointe work from a dance physiotherapist's perspective.

Why do you need a pre-pointe assessment?

Can a regular physio do a pre-pointe assessment?

When is the best time to have a pre-pointe assessment?

How many pre-pointe assessments do you need?

Do you get a report after your pre-pointe assessment?

How to prepare for your pre-pointe assessment!

Does pointe work damage your feet?

Should you get an x-ray before starting en pointe?

Pointe Resources

If you are looking to delve deeper into this topic, check out the following programs:

  • The Perfect Pointe Book: This course was originally designed to help students and dance teachers safely prepare for pointe work. The four stages of tests and exercises within the book are ideal for pre-pointe preparation classes, students close to achieving pointe shoes and students already en pointe looking for extra strength and technique training.
  • Pointe Range: This online program comprises of 41 clear and concise videos, totalling just under 2 hours play time, this course begins with a series of assessments to establish exactly what structures are restricting your pointe range. It then explores a diverse array of massage techniques, joint mobility exercises and fascial mobilisers to safely improve your pointe range. This is followed by an in depth look at retraining all of the muscles that stabilise the foot and ankle to allow you to actually use your new found pointe range in class.
  • Pointe Intensive: This online virtual workshop is designed for both Dance Teachers & Health Professionals working with dancers. This three day Intensive will give you the most up-to-date advice in the industry to help you understand your students’ needs, analyze their differences, and them you the tools to help your students become the best dancer they can be.