To begin pointe training students must be physically mature. Most children are ready sometime between the ages of 11 and 12. Ultimately it is the instructor who decides whether a student is ready for pointe work. Most students need at least four years of serious ballet training before they are technically ready (pre-ballet is not considered part of this training). Students who take pointe are required to take a minimum of two 90-minute technique classes a week in addition to their pointe class. Students interested in beginning pointe training for the first time may elect to be evaluated for consideration at the beginning of the academic year. Those who pass physical readiness examinations may begin training en pointe.
WHEN CAN A DANCER GO ON POINTE?
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