Rhythm & Grace offers a truly safe approach to developing pointe dancers.
Pointe is the part of classical ballet that came about from a desire for the female dancer to appear weightless. When dancing pointe, the dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. A dancer is said to be en pointe when the dancer's body is supported in this manner, and a fully extended vertical foot is said to be en pointe when touching the floor, even when not bearing weight. Pointe work is performed while wearing pointe shoes, which employ structural reinforcing to distribute the dancer's weight load throughout the foot, thus reducing the load on the toes enough to enable the dancer to support all body weight on fully vertical feet.
Extensive training and practice are required to develop the strength and technique needed for pointe work. If one starts pointe to early, there is a high risk of injury to the ankles and long bones in the feet. Here at Rhythm & Grace we consider your age, foot and ankle strength, and experience before allowing you to begin Pointe work. You must be able to demonstrate competency in fundamental ballet technique to our standards, as well as be enrolled in our ballet technique (At the Barre), and advanced ballet classes (Pointe'd Toes).
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