NikkisMamma Posted February 7, 2013 Report Share Posted February 7, 2013 Yes, I *know*.... this happens to tons of kids, all the time, and their parents are just as proud and excited (and maybe a bit worried) as I am... but I still wanted to share and hope that it OK! DD, whose classes have followed the age recommendations very nicely, turned 11 this fall and this is her second year of pre-pointe classes added after one of her 4 weekly 90min technique classes. They just got THE talk and letter on Tuesday that a little over half of their class will begin pointe work, including her! I wish I had been there to see her initial reaction but I missed it because I was attending my other daughters gym practice. She is just over the moon, happy tears, squealing.... it's just so amazing to see their hard work get them to the goal they want, isn't it? They will begin during March, when my DD will be 11 1/2 and our SO/head teacher is quite conservative about putting them en pointe so I'm confident that she believes these girls are ready. Several of her classmates (who are all older) were told in a gentle way that they needed to work on X,Y and Z before they were strong enough to being pointe. I know, and more importantly, DD knows that it is going to be a lot of hard work and slow progress, she's not expecting to pirouette across the floor in a couple of weeks, LOL, but it's still so exciting and such a milestone for these young dancers. I just hope that it's all she's expecting it to be. We already got her fitted, the much awaited and desired pointe shoes are snuggled safe in their bag, now she's just waiting for the sewing class with sr company so she can start (per teachers instructions) wearing them around the house with socks over to protect and with strict orders to NOT go up en pointe but simply to get used to them. Soooo.... any pointers for us as we begin this new adventure?? How do they "branch out" from what is selected for them at the beginning stage as far as accessories like ouch pouches and whatever not... just trial and error/recommendations from older dancers? So far she has one set of reg ouch pouches fitted with her shoes. Thanks for reading my excited ramblings! I've already combed the Pointe shoe forum since Tuesday, LOL! Quote Link to comment
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