Are you doing piques at the barre to the side? If so you are also possibly throwing your hip alignment off --could you wear an elastic band at your waist to keep an eye on that? It may help if you attempt some piques to the front to watch your hip alignment vs. side. <P>Additionally if you could go into the studio for some amount of time with both slippers and pointe shoes and keep assessing the difference between the two in the pique movement to find the precise moment the quality of the movement begins to change it may give you more insight to the exact problem.<P>Has your teacher spotted you at the barre? I've found this helpful also--just going behind a dancer and helping them "lift" onto the pique--they can begin to feel the correct way to get there with some "partnering" of the pique.
<P>I like the suggestion Basheva gave you for the pique on two feet. I also thought that perhaps if you begin to think about pulling your leg back UNDER you (as opposed to getting your weight out and OVER the shoe) it may help. I was once told that a pique in slipper is one where you are stepping out--in pointe a pique can almost (not quite, but almost) "replace" your initial supporting leg and that your actual body weight travels very little on pointe in comparison to one in slipper. (That is not a verbatim quote
) Are you "throwing" your weight with your pique or thinking of pulling your leg back under you?<P>Another consideration is simply fear. If you are afraid of getting onto one foot (of falling over, torquing a knee, etc.) you are going to continue to have some problems. If you are a bit scared--it is ok--but you need to face that if it is a reality for you. If you think this is part of the problem try this: from fifth (at the barre of course!) roll one foot up (ball-platform) then bear your weight on the barre to straighten your knee and really feel where your weight placement is--work on your alignment with one foot so you know how it should feel when you get to the pique and where you need to be. (Don't forget to feel your free leg in retire as well!) Sometimes if you know what the beginning and the end of a movement needs to be by really feeling it--your body will subconsciously "fix" the middle bit of getting you there in that milli-second that puts a dancer onto a true pique.