I completed my first ballet class yesterday. I wore socks during the class and the instructor had to keep remimding me to point my feet.how do I keep my feet pointed during the class.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 07:57 AM
It takes a lot of time to build up the habit of pointing your feet every time they leave the floor, but fortunately this is one of many qualities barre exercises are designed to improve. Keep going to class and working on your battements tendus, dégagés, and your ability to point your feet consistently will improve over time.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 03:04 PM
Rhino, welcome to the world of Ballet. Hans is correct, Tendus at the barre will help you point your feet. it will be automatic in a few weeks.
Do not despair! You will learn so much by taking class regularly. You may feel a little sore after your first or second class, it is an adjustment and your body will compensate over time.
Merde! (how dancers wish each other Good Luck)
Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:40 PM
Hans and MJ both responded to your enquirey with great advice. Yes it is a learned skill. Just try to be concious of it every time your foot leave the floor or is extended in point tendu. Add it to your check list: are my hips square, is my weight forward over my center etc... Ballet takes time to coordinate. You'll get it ! I had an instructor that used to give TV excercises. You can practice pointing and flexing your feet in front of the TV. Great use of time during the commercials! LOL Here's a great one. Sit on the floor with your knees bent and together, feet flat on the floor. Slowly straighten your knees but keep your toes on the floor. Really great for your arch and pointing.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:46 PM
Rhino, you can also practice Tendues at home, also slow Degages (a tendu with a lift) just slightly off the ground. This will encourage pointed feet in the air, and discourage you from putting any weight on a pointed foot.