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how many years of dancing?


dobby

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Hi, I´m wondering if someone knows how many years of ballet dancing does it take before

you can begin take lessons in pointe shoes?

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Dobby, there's really no set number of years -- particularly for adult ballet students. The Sticky in the Pointe Shoe forum

The Facts of Life about Pointe Work

is really helpful, and would be a good place to start. You could also consult your regular teacher -- she or he can see you, whereas we can't!

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Redbookish gave you a good answer. Personally, for me, it was five years 2-3 classes a week. That is going back to class after a 15 year hiatus.

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My teacher says at least two years with 2-3 classes a week AND be able to balance on demi (with one foot at either retire or coup de pied) for a full minute. She also wants your technique, flexibility, and strength to be acceptable.

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To be honest, I'm not sure what I think of the balancing on demi for a full minute thing....

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To be honest, I'm not sure what I think of the balancing on demi for a full minute thing....

 

Demi in cou-de-pied position though.

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I got that -- I think a strong balance is important, but for a full minute? Not sure.

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I got that -- I think a strong balance is important, but for a full minute? Not sure.

 

That's really not all that long. We often do that at the end of certain combinations (albeit, right now, I'm still using the barre for assistance).

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