Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet that concerns work in which a dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. A dancer is said to be "en pointe" when their body is supported in this manner. Pointe shoes employ structural reinforcing to distribute the dancer's weight load throughout the foot, thus reducing the load on the toes. Pointe technique encompasses both mechanical and artistic aspects. In particular, it is concerned with body alignment, placement of the feet, and the manner in which a dancer transitions to and from "en pointe". Pointe technique resulted from a desire for female dancers to appear weightless and sylph-like.
Ballet students are generally ready to begin pointe work after achieving competency in fundamental ballet technique and have been dancing for a number of years. Core, feet, ankle and leg strength are all required for success.
Participation in this class is by invitation only and registration must be accompanied by a doctor's note stating that the student has no impediments and is ready for pointe.
Proper fitting of pointe shoes required - please book an appointment at The London Dance Shoppe.