THE JOURNEY TO POINTE SHOES
Every young female dancer dreams of dancing on their toes one day. Dancing en pointe is incredibly beautiful and a professional dancer makes it look light and effortless.
However, dancing en pointe comes with its unique set of challenges, and a dance teacher, as well as the parents, should take it very seriously when considering their child's readiness for pointe work.
Dancing en pointe is not for every dancer. It is meant for the more professional route of a dancer's journey. It takes considerable discipline; there will be numerous classes for training previous to being en pointe. Following that there is the understanding and commitment it takes to then actually dance en pointe.
SiSu Dance Academy’s Director has danced en pointe since she was 9 years old. Ms. Megan has been on a long journey dancing en pointe and has continued her training with several physical therapists in the dance industry. Many articles and research have been completed on the subject of “When are the right time and age to have a dancer be put en pointe?”
At SiSu Dance Academy we believe that the journey of being a pointe dancer is very serious. We take into account many areas of a dancer's strength and ability before considering a dancer to have a journey en pointe. Our Director delivers several assessments with a dancer who is considering en pointe and works directly with parents regarding the commitment prior to the student beginning her journey! The Pointe Journey is incredibly special and must be taken very seriously by a dancer as well as the parents.
Ms. Megan is certified with Lisa Howell Physiotherapist from Australia in her Teacher Training. Megan feels that Ms. Lisa is one of the best dance physio’s in the industry and continues her training with Lisa online weekly. Lisa is the creator of The Ballet Blog. She provides many resources for teachers, as well as dancers and parents, to understand the seriousness of being on the Pointe Journey. This information is available on The Ballet Blog.
This article from IADMS - International Association of Dance Science and Medicine - is a great resource to understand several aspects of being put en pointe.
Several styles of pointe shoes are acceptable and endorsed by SiSu Dance Academy. These approved brands assist dancers in executing their pointe work technique with greater precision, articulation, and are more aesthetically pleasing. Please make sure to have Pointe Shoes approved by the Director before sewing ribbons and elastics.