Getting Back On Pointe
Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:40 AM
Also, I have horrible Donald Duck shaped feet. My ankles are strong after cross-training as an ice skater for a year, but my arches are not as nice as I would like and finding pointe shoes that work with my feet is nearly impossible. Any shoe recommendations? I used to be in Bloch Sonatas, but the heel was far too low and would slip off. I would prefer Capezio, simply because I have so many of their stores at my disposal. Thanks!
Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:56 AM
I am 5'1" (far too short to even dream of auditioning for a company), and my legs are surprisingly long.
Edited by Victoria Leigh, 25 January 2013 - 08:21 AM.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:14 AM
The Pointe Shoe forum has a form and suggested pictures you can take and Ms. DeVor does recommendations for shoes for those on the board, though I'm not sure she will do it if you haven't been approved for pointe by a qualified ballet teacher.
(Funny you say you have strong ankles from ice skating. I recently returned to ballet from a 6 year stint in ice skating and I am shocked at how weak my ankles have become since I left ballet for it.)
Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:57 AM
Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:10 PM
You're an adult and can make your own decisions, though, and it seems like you are really trying to justify taking it. If you sign up, would you have great monetary loss if it turns out you can't do it? I know after being off pointe for a year, I put my shoes on and tried to do a pique and pulled whatever muscle runs over the top of your foot. I couldn't believe my feet were so 'out of shape' that I couldn't even do the 'test out the pointe shoe' balance...
Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:41 PM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:57 AM
There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. ~Vicki Baum
The only way to do it is to do it. ~Merce Cunningham
Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:05 PM
I suggest you check out this book, "The Perfect Pointe" by Lisa Howell. http://www.amazon.co...ect+pointe+book
There is a ton of really good information in it - exercises, self-tests, pictures, etc. I use this book as a guide for my pre-pointe/pointe classes for both youths and adults.
It is not inexpensive, but I feel it is worth the money. When someone buys the book, they can sign up for e-mail information, supplemental videos, etc. There is some advertising that goes with all of these "free" extras, but I don't mind that. I find the information so helpful, I can overlook it.
Good luck to you! Dancing on pointe is really fun.
Oops - I forgot to add that if you decide to get the book from Amazon, click on the link on this site so Ballet Talk benefits from your purchase.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:33 AM
What is the harm in doing pointe work again?
Well, if you aren't ready for it a myriad of foot and ankle injuries.
Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:46 PM
Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:10 PM
I agree. I think you should slowly start with releves at the barre after a full technique class for a few weeks. when you can do 32 eleves in coupe on both feet without tugging on the barre, move to centre with some echappes, passe releves, and retire piques from the corner. When you can easily do 32 of those on each side without falling back or side, add turns and entire pointe classes. at least, that's what I've prescribed myself and its working. (not as quickly as I'd hoped, but still...)
Thanks for the advice! I'm a bit unclear, though: do you do all these on pointe?
Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:17 PM
Right, Skittl, so true! But her self-report, which is all we have to go on, includes having strong ankles, taking technique and pointe classes around the edges of jazz, modern, and contemporary, and having excellent technique. Plus, three times a week for the last three years. That sounds, quite probably, strong enough. And BroadwayBallerina, you could always ask a pointe teacher local to you to take a look at you one pointe and see if you look too weak to be on right now.
Thanks so much! I've been working on strengthening my feet after every class, and along with taking some time in the studio on my own to work on a few variations (not on pointe, though.) I do the Sylvia variation for petit allegro, and Kitri's for grand, along with a few Matthew Bourne pieces, simply because I adore them.
Posted 03 April 2013 - 05:18 AM
It sounds as though you're strong enough, but only you & your teachers will know that.
Can I be blunt? How likely are you to make your living in musical theatre? Have you already been doing so? Because it would be a pity to mess up your feet for life (bunions, pain in later years etc) for something that isn't necessary.
By the way, you don't have to answer my questions on a public messageboard! But they might be worth thinking about. In my job I see so many aspirants, and only a tiny tiny proportion "make it" (whatever "it" is) that you really need to consider the long game as well as the present. Remember, 10s of kilos of body weight are balanced on about four toes on pointe!
Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:34 AM
Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:32 AM