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When Should My Child Start Pointe?

3 Signs They Might Be Ready

Every ballet dancer dreams of the day they can move up to Pointe. This is a big step and one that should not be taken before the dancer is ready. But how do you know when your child is ready to start Pointe? This is a question that many parents have, and we have some tips on how to know when the time is right.

Physical Maturity

Starting pointe isn’t only determined by skill but also if your body is physically ready. The bones in the feet sometimes do not finish developing until a child’s late teens or early twenties. It’s important that a dancer doesn’t start pointe work when their bones are too soft, as doing so can result in long term damage. That said, a young dancer may look at starting pointe as long as the introduction is gradual and supervised by a knowledgeable instructor.

Strength and Technique

Pointe work requires a lot of strength. Often studios will offer pointe preparation classes to help ease the transition and build strength in a dancer’s feet, ankles, and legs. Core strength is also incredibly important to help lift and stabilize while in pointe.

Proper technique and good habits are also a must before your child starts pointe. Your child should be able to:

  • Hold a turnout
  • Keep their body in line
  • Demonstrate correct use of a plie
  • Releve and pique up to a balance

Commitment and Attitude

Most instructors require a dancer to have at least two to four years of ballet training before they’ll allow them to move onto pointe. This is because pointe should only be added once a dancer has a strong foundation of classical ballet technique to minimize the risk of injury.

Attitude also plays a large part in the decision to move to pointe. Pointe requires your child to be attentive, diligent, and reliable. If they aren’t ready to put in the work, they risk injuring themselves.

If you’re worried about your child starting too early, it’s always better to wait. If you have questions, talk with your dance instructor! They’ll be able to pull from experience and help determine if your child is ready.

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