Pointe

Pointe

Upon approval for entrance into the pointe program, class begins with focused work on strengthening feet, finding balance, and pulling up and out of the toes. Beginning classes consist mainly of barre work with the goal of moving towards center. At the barre, exercises promote proper placement, turnout, hips and abdominal engagement, and lower body strength through the limbs and feet. Barre work builds strength properly, working on moving from execution with two feet, to exercises transferring weight from one foot to the other and focusing on technique engaging one supporting/standing leg at a time. Once students establish proper barre execution, they continue to center and across the floor technique. Advanced pointe students are individually approved to wear pointe shoes in designated ballet classes to allow dancers to fully transition to dancers en pointe, executing both technical exercises and choreography.