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 Post subject: The feet, arches etc.
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2001 12:37 am 
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I know I'm really far off of being able to do pointe, but I've read some of the posts on feet with interest. <P>What I'm wondering is how I can tell if my feet will be 'good' for future pointe work and if someone could identify what type of foot I have. Ok I have naturally flat, long narrow feet. If I point them the arch of the foot bends a great deal, but the (bones?) along the tops of my toes do not bend forwards very much at all.<P>I also saw a more advanced girl in my class (who does pointe), bending this area along the tops of the toes as if to stretch and they bent really far forwards easily (I dont know about the arch), i was quite amazed at this. So is that sort of ability to bend the tops of the toes a pre-requsite for pointe? because if it is, I might not be able to do it as my feet dont bend like that.

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 Post subject: Re: The feet, arches etc.
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2001 5:35 am 
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This is a good question....<P>In my opinion, the bend takes place in the arch - not in the toes. The ideal foot according to Celia Sparger's book "Anatomy and Ballet" and Gretchen Ward Warren's book "Classical Ballet Technique" - and what I was always taught - is a foot that has an arch fairly high up toward the ankle rather than down toward the toes. The amount of that arch and where it takes place is a very individual matter.<P>If you have these books you can see the pictures. <P>We have a thread on this, I don't know if you have read it:<P><A HREF=../../../ubb/Forum7/HTML/000332.html><B>Pointe - Assessing Readiness</B></A><P>So, one should not have the toes bending over the shoes - the bend takes place in the arch of the foot.<P>


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