Pointe is a form of ballet that has been practiced for centuries. Pointe shoes allow dancers to perform what seems like impossible feats and is one of the most beautiful styles of dance to watch. Dancing en pointe is not easily achieved, but it can be the appropriate next step for an experienced dancer
Pointe shoes allow dancers to appear weightless and elongates their limbs for a more graceful look. Pointe can be an extremely fun, rewarding activity for those with dance experience. However, pointe is physically demanding and requires a lot of time, patience, and commitment.
Dancing en pointe requires even the most skilled dancers to learn dance from a new perspective. Pointe shoes add an extra obstacle into the mix by requiring students to learn to dance on the tips of their toes instead of the balls of their feet. This could be just the challenge you need if traditional ballet classes don’t excite you like they used to. In pointe classes, dancers will learn how to use their muscles in a different way to achieve their desired outcome.
Not only is pointe a fun, new skill for accomplished dancers to learn; but also, a great experience for aspiring professional dancers. Many dancers that dream of living their life out on the stage often do so through dancing en pointe. Honing your pointe skills now could put you ahead of your competition when it comes time for auditions at a professional ballet company.
We hope that you consider the addition of this form of ballet in your dance repertoire this season. If you’re on the fence, we encourage you to watch pointe in action in classical ballets such as “Swan Lake” or “The Nutcracker.” Seeing ballet come alive in these magical performances may inspire you to don a pair of pointe shoes, too!