Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesDancing · 8 months ago

What age do you stop pointe classes?

If you are a ballet student what age do you start incorporating pointe work into your every day ballet classes and not have a separate pointe class? or do you keep the pointe classes until you're in a graduate?

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  • 8 months ago
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    In professional training they generally  don’t have “pointe classes.” Pointe work is added to the last 15 minutes of glass for beginner pointe students,  then increased.  After about a year all classes would be en pointe and you would have variations classes as well as Pas de deux classes ( partnering) added to your regular daily ballet classes. That would be at around age 14. By age 16 you would be “company ready” in terms of starting as an apprentice with a professional ballet company. In recreational schools pointe work is started earlier in terms of students abilities. Students tend to stay in early pointe training much longer in recreational schools. 

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  • 8 months ago

    It's so frustrating when our bodies refuse to bend to ballet's will! ... As you get stronger, your turnout will look better because you'll hold it correctly in place. ... I have strong ankles; it is just the last part of the relevé that I struggle with. .... in soft shoes are allowed to begin prepointe lessons, which lead to pointe classes.

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