How long do you will i get on pointe?

Question by ballet girl: How long do you will i get on pointe?
~just started doing beginners ballet and been doing it for 3months
~12 yrs. old
~took summer intensive
~can do right split..and left split,almost
~taking ballet class 1 time a week only because of my schedule
~my ballet teacher said i have a natural turnout and flexible
~putting my heart into ballet and doing my best
~been “writing the alphabet” with my feet
~and just this morning my ballet teacher asked me starting next week that i”ll join the class of a higher level and attend in my level

Best answer:

Answer by tiffany k
Sounds like you are going in the right direction! Just take your time and savor this dance. Its the only way to get the most out of it. If you move to fast than you’ll learn sloppy habits that are hard to get rid of. Practice a lot and you will get to pointe before you know it know. Ballet is a beautiful and complicated dance that you body has to adjust to. Give yourself time to grow.

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5 Responses to “How long do you will i get on pointe?”

  • Dancin Chick says:

    My ballet teacher says that you start pointe when your feet are full grown (if that answers your question). Also, it took me about 5 weeks to get on full pointe.

  • dancer says:

    Getting onto pointe requires a lot of strength and practice. It took me a good 5 or 6 years to get on pointe. If you keep up your hard work and start attending at least 3 classes a week I’d say you’d probably be on pointe in about 2-3 years depending on what your teacher thinks.

  • lilcuteluvverr says:

    Wow, your really going for a big goal and sticking with it! I guess its just your teachers desicion to see if your ready. it will probably be soon, so don’t give up, just keep working hard.
    I just started on pointe 3 months ago. Before that, it took me 3 years of practicing stretching and strengthing my ankles. and before that, i have been doing ballet since i was 2. I’m thirteen now, and pointe is a lot of fun but its hard work. make sure you not work just on your feet, but ur core and ab strength too because then you can have a lot of balance so its easy to go on pointe. make sure you practice a lot since you only have time for ballet once a week. keep up the good wrk, and good luck!

  • zay says:

    it took me 2 yrs but you might be dif.

  • princessgirlll says:

    The answer is different for everyone. Some dancers don’t have the right bone structure in their foot and ankle to ever go on pointe. Some teachers still put these students on pointe to keep the student and parents “happy” without taking into consideration the long-term damage they are doing to them.

    I’ve been teaching for 14 years and teaching pre-pointe and pointe for about 6. I’m not saying that my criteria is correct, but this is just one teacher’s opinion.

    MINIMUM of 2 ballet technique classes and 1 pre-pointe class per week. I recommend more, but this is the absolute minimum.

    Understanding of correct ballet posture and being able to correct to own body.

    Uderstanding what is “special” about their body (sway back, hyperextended, knock knees, bow legged etc) and be able to work towards self correcting.

    No sickle whatsover (way too dangerous to be on pointe if you sickle)

    Being able to keep correct posture, alignment and turnout during all exercises.

    Controlled Grand Plie Au Mileau

    Hold a releve for a minute without wobbling with weight properly distributed through the entire releve.

    Being able to execute controlled releves passes in the centre.

    Flexible ankle

    Nice arch.

    No attitude problem (if a student isn’t willing to learn slow and pay attention to everything being taught, they could be in danger of doing things in correctly and injuring themselves).

    Achieved Growth spurt (can happen anywhere from 11-14)

    Usually ballet for at least 4 years.

    As a teacher, it’s usually obvious when the student is developing enough strength to be on pointe but you need to examine their bare feet as well. Is the 2nd toe bigger than the 1st? Are there any big gaps between any of the toes? Do they have a really high arch (which is hard for a beginner to control on pointe), without the proper ankle strength to support it? Bunions? Is the big toe abnormally long? Are all the toes long (usually fragile)?

    I would say that you are on the right track for sure with your training. I wouldn’t consider pointe until you are in at least 2 classes per week. You say it’s because of your schedule which is fine if you are taking dance classes for fun and as a form of exercise. If you want to pointe safely and correctly, you really need to be training more.

    Please be patient. Usually dancers who start pointe a little later, (14 or 15) progress faster than ones that start too early. I have many students that started ballet at 11 and 12 years old, but took 3 classes per week. They started pointe around 14/15. They are now 16/17 and in the same classes as 16/17 year olds who started pointe at 11 and 12 years old.

    Be patient and listen to your teacher’s opinion. He/she just wants what is best for you.

    Best of luck with your studies.

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