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When to use full pointe vs demi pointe


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A girl in my class was asking whether a balance in pointe shoes should be executed on full pointe or on demi pointe. Our teacher responded with demi pointe, but I was wondering whether this is a variable across styles and choreography. Along the same lines I have seen a curtsy/reverence executed with a step back on to demi pointe as well as a slide with the top of the polite shoes remaining on the floor. Again, is this styling/preference?

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There are many different ways to execute balancés and also reverence, ViolaDancer. Just do whatever is asked by any teacher or director. :)

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That's what I had assumed, but you know what they say about assuming. And I'm always looking to learn more.


Thanks Ms. Leigh.

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