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pointe too soon?


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Hi my name is Melissa and i have been dancing ballet for onlya little more than a year now. I started last year just for the experience of it, and of course i fell in love with it. After a few months they had to me take 4 year level classes so that i could progress from there, I am now dancing 5 days a week at that level i believe. However, i had to change studios because i moved. I asked my new teacher to watch me and let me know how long (i was thinking years) until i could start en pointe. SO he did, and he told me i could start now, but only for a few beginning bar excercises. I am scared it's too soon. I am 20 years old, so obviously i am an extremely late starter, but i would still love to progress as much as i can. But i have heard that if you start pointe to early you can damage your feet making it so you can never dance again. SHould i trust the teacher? Or should i maybe wait more before i start? ANy advice you could offer would be much appreciated! thanks so much!

-melissa

ps i posted this a couple of times because i didn't know which board i should post it at. My apologies.

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Melissa, we've deleted one of the duplicate posts and moved your post here. If you're lost -- it's a big board -- check the forum descriptions.

 

Any technique questions, or discussions related to class, auditions, pointe work, teaching, etc go in the Special Groups forums -- find your group! The General Discusison forums are for topics about watching dance, or thinking about it or reading about it.

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Hello Melissa, welcome to the Young Dancers' forum here on Ballet Alert! Online :yawn:

 

It's very hard to know whether it is too early or not with someone who is already an adult. You have been taking lots of classes, which is great, and you are working at a level which seems to be appropriate for starting pointe work. However, to know whether you are ready or not, one would need to see you. There is less danger for an adult than a child starting too soon, in terms of the bones, but of course anyone can get hurt doing something that their body is not technically ready or strong enough to handle. If you feel this is a very good, professional, qualified teacher, and if you trust your own placement, leg and ankle strength, rotation, and knowledge of ballet, then trust the teacher and go with it. If you have doubts, get a second opinion from another teacher. Perhaps the one you worked with before?

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