Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Pointe Shoes Please!

June 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 172

The most common question asked by parents of aspiring young dancers is "At what age should my child begin Ballet?" Followed by, "When can my daughter go on Pointe?"

Serious dance training in Classical Ballet should not begin until 6-9 years of age. This depends on the body structure and physical development of each child. Before then,a child's bones are too soft and underdeveloped for the rigor and physical demands of Classical Ballet.

Other dance forms such as Creative Movement can begin as early as 3 years old. This is a very early introduction to the first steps in Ballet that introduces basic rhythms, musicality and the exploration of movement and imagination. These classes allow a young child ages-3-5 to express their creativity and learn social skills as well as basic dance class structure and routine.

Pre-Ballet classes for 6-7 year olds are more structured classes, introducing the basic positions, French terminology, basic barre exercises and body posture, while getting the young dancers ready for a full length Classical Ballet class. These Ballet classes begin focus on technique and require the child to exhibit a certain level of maturity. The child should be able to take directions, pay attention, listen, and take mild criticism. Benefits of Ballet classes at this age will expand into other areas of the child's development and improve the child's concentration, focus and discipline.

Classical Ballet classes for 8-9 year olds continues with a more in depth continuation of techniques at the barre and in the center, as well as expansion of vocabulary and simple stage directions. At this age the development of turnout and flexibility is closely monitored.

As soon as a young dancer is enrolled in Creative Movement, many parents begin to ask about them "going on their toes" or "on Pointe.

The lure of the magic pink Pointe shoes is ever present, but it is not magic and requires special physical, mental and emotional skills that are not attainable by everyone. Although Pointe work is the ultimate aspiration of the future ballerina, the ability to do Pointe work is a gradual and serious skill that is attained through years of hard work and dedication. It is not an automatic reward given to students at a certain age.

The majority of reputable schools and dance teachers agree that young dancers should not be put on Pointe until they are at least 11 to 13 years old and have had a minimum of 3 to 4 years of serious ballet training. However, children of the same age often vary in physical development and strength. Ability and talent cannot be standardized and these are crucial in determining the time to start Pointe work.

The question then should be is my child ready for Pointe work? The child must have mastered proper skills and technique, alignment, balance, control, strength and flexibility as well as the full growth of the bones in the feet. A level of emotional maturity is often needed to comprehend and process the development of accepting corrections and constructive criticism.

If you want to know more about Bronx Dance classes check us out at:Bronx Dance Theatre. Register now for our Summer Session and don't forget our Early Fall Registration Sale on August 17th,18th, and 19th! Save up to 20%. Register online at

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Bronx Dance Classes


Bronx Dance Class


Bronx Children S Dance Classes


Young Dancers


Ballet Classes

It is true that a photo booth hire cannot actually replace a camera but you will never run short of photographs if you think of photo hire.It is true that a photo booth hire cannot actually replace a

By: Simon Liva l Arts & Entertainment > Photography l November 21, 2012 lViews: 268

Well-known director Pascal Laugier is once again all set to frighten his fans with another dreadful affair, The Tall Man. The spooky thriller has been produced by Clément Miserez, Kevin DeWalt,

By: rose jasmin l Arts & Entertainment > Movies TV l November 02, 2012 lViews: 261

The Good Wife is an American legal drama series. It was first broadcasted on CBS on 22nd September, 2009. It is the creation of Robert King and Michelle King. It is produced by the Kings, Ridley and

By: Monu Mani l Arts & Entertainment > Movies TV l November 01, 2012 lViews: 257

ICarly in an American teens show created by Dan Schneider who is also the executive producer of the show. this show is about a girl named Carly Shay who along with her best friends Sam and Freeddie

By: elvis l Arts & Entertainment > Movies TV l October 25, 2012 lViews: 264

Love stories are supposed to be full of romance, seduction and enduring love. As these funny love stories show, however, these stories can also be filled with laughter. Fortunately, shared laughter

By: Jasmine Montford l Arts & Entertainment > Humor l October 25, 2012 lViews: 311

Lost is an American television science fictional series that is full of mystery, adventure and supernatural drama. It was originally broadcasted on ABC from September 22, 2004 to May 23, 2010,

By: ramandeep l Arts & Entertainment > Movies TV l October 25, 2012 lViews: 336

A funeral home in Ft. Stockton, Texas. Coffin is located against the left wall, open. Flower arrangements are placed around the coffin, varying in style. A podium holding the Visitor's Book, is in

By: Sarah L Falknerl Arts & Entertainment > Performing Artsl July 08, 2012 lViews: 196

Bulgaria's cosplayers become more and more active as a second event is allowed to choose a participant for the upcoming EuroCosplay event in London. After Aniplay 2012, Aniventure is to follow, but

By: A. N. Jordanl Arts & Entertainment > Performing Artsl July 03, 2012 lViews: 421

The actual legendary wizard, Harry Houdini, had taken pride on never he was fooled by any kind of magician's trick, if carried out to him three times within a line. Dai Vernon, considered by many

By: Dinesh Wijesooriyal Arts & Entertainment > Performing Artsl July 02, 2012 lViews: 150

The audience can enhance the story provided there are engaging elements, space, and payoffs. Article explores awareness of opportunities, benefits, and collaborative means. Article is relevant to

By: Erik Sean McGivenl Arts & Entertainment > Performing Artsl July 02, 2012 lViews: 173

If you are considering taking flamenco lessons or you are wondering why you should get involved in with flamenco classes, you'll find that there are many reasons to get involved. This is a type of

By: Justin H Kirkl Arts & Entertainment > Performing Artsl June 27, 2012 lViews: 180

You might feel that some mystifying call is drawing you to theatre. You could have found something symbolic, magical, and ceremonial in the realm of the stage.

By: Michael P Richardsl Arts & Entertainment > Performing Artsl June 25, 2012 lViews: 146

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus