Pointe classes are by placement only. Dancers who begin Pre-Pointe will start classes in normal flat ballet shoes until they are deemed ready for Pointe shoes by their instructor.
Pointe is for the more experienced ballet dancer and should be taken seriously. Pointe can lead to many dangerous injuries and pains, if you are not carefully instructed by a qualified instructor. All pointe instructors at Dance Prodigy Studios have years of pointe experience, have been taught how to properly fit pointe shoes, how to tell if a student is ready for pointe technically and physically, and will always encourage parents to have their pediatrician check your dancer's feet to ensure that growth plates are ready for pointe.
After giving the "ok" to purchase pointe shoes we encourage our students to bring in the shoes that they have purchased to the next class unsewn so we can double check the fit of the shoe on our student's feet. Ill fitting pointe shoes may give you blisters, sore feet and legs, bunions, caluses, and bloody toes. There are different methods of pointe just like ballet on flat. Vaganova, Balanchine, Cecchetti,and RAD are just a few of the many styles. Our chosen methods are Vaganova and Cecchetti.
-Do NOT purchase pointe shoes until the class instructor gives you permission. Each dancer has different strengths and growth levels. Everyone will be ready at different stages. Some are able to start as young as 11 while others are still not physically, emotionally, or technically ready at the age of 16. If you go en pointe too early you will risk deforming and damaging your feet permanently. You will also risk damage to your ankles, knees and ligaments. Please trust your instructor. We want you to be able to experience the joy of Pointe without the risk of injury.
-Everyone will participate in recital but not all will be allowed to wear pointe shoes for Recital. This is for your dancer's safety and health. Those who are not ready to wear their pointe shoes for recital will wear their pink leather ballet shoes.
Rules: Do NOT purchase pointe shoes without the permission of your instructor. Do NOT wear your pointe shoes at home without your instructor's permisson. If you wear your pointe shoes without your teacher's permission you are risking permanent damage to your feet and ankles.
Pointe: same attire as normal ballet classes. Do not purchase your pointe shoes without your instructor's permission.
Dance Council of North Texas
Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
National Dance Association
Plano Metropolitain Ballet Alumni
Royal Academy of Dance