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 Post subject: What age/experience you should have before starting poin
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2004 4:09 am 
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What average age/experience should you have before starting pointe? Are they're any major signs of *when* you're *ready* to start pointe?

I would be so grateful for ANY help at all. Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: What age/experience you should have before starting poin
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2004 5:21 am 
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The answer is actually well-known and very definite. Look at the "stickies" on the following:

http://balletalert.com/dancersforum/index.php?showforum=44


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 Post subject: Re: What age/experience you should have before starting poin
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:11 am 
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A pupil should not begin pointe work until at least 11. If they are to begin at that stage they need to have been studying ballet intesively for at least 3 years (a once a week class would not be enough). They should have an excellent grasp of basic technique and be strong on all demi pointe steps. Most pupils will not begin pointe until way past that age and it is always at the teachers discretion as they can see the pupil, their ability, body shape and strength and know their prior learning.

Pointe work can not begin until a pupil is almost a teenager because up until then their bones have not developed sufficiently to be able to withstand the rigours of pointe work.

The above is a generalisation. There is no set answer as to when someone can begin pointe work. It really should be a matter for individual teachers to decide within the above guidelines. It is therefore impossible to give average ages as everybody is different physically and in ability. Good teachers will put a pupil on pointe when she is ready not because she has reached a certain age.

I hope that helps.

<small>[ 27 April 2004, 03:22 AM: Message edited by: Joanne ]</small>


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