Category: Readiness

Am I Too Old to Start Pointe Work?

I get lots of students asking if they’re old enough to start pointe work,, but this is the first time someone has asked me if they’re too old! In my view, age is just a number – I’ve seen students...

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Am I Ready for Pointe Work? – Checklist

Preparing for pointe work isn’t just about developing strong feet. Your legs, all the way from ankle to hip, must also be strengthened, and you also need good balance and turnout before you’re ready to go en pointe.   The list...

Demi Pointe Shoes

I’m often asked why I don’t mention demi pointe shoes on this site.   Frankly, it’s because they’re too controversial and I just know I’d get into an argument about them! My own view is that they’re unnecessary, and can even...

Starting at 12 – can I go on pointe?

Loryn asks: I have something to ask that is quite important; I’m 12 and I’ve only just started ballet, but I’m not entirely sure whether or not I’m ready for pointe. Is it possible for a 12 year old girl...

I’m 26 – can I go on pointe?

Miss Holly asks I’m 26 and started ballet again about a year ago (I did it for a few years as a kid)– but I’ve only been doing one class per week. I can feel myself getting stronger all the...

Teacher says yes but parents say no!

Dancer girl writes: Hi i have been dancing for 4 years doing ballet, jazz, modern, tap, musical theatre, hip hop, and some flamenco. I am im 6 th grade and i have been recently moved up TWO LEVELS in dance...

When can I go en pointe?

Julia asks: Hi Miss Marisa, I have been doing ballet for 6 months and I was wondering when do you think I can go en pointe? I started kind of late for my age but I have grown quickly to...

Starting Again after a Break

Love2Dance asks: Hi Marisa I’ve been dancing all my life but I stopped dancing a few years ago when I moved and couldn’t attend my old dance school. I have been doing excerises at home but I really want to...

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