Pre Pointe Assessments
Going up onto pointe is a very exciting time in the progression of the ballet dancer, but it is also a time where utmost caution is needed to ensure that all goes well. To guarantee that the transition is safe and injury free, most dance teachers now advocate a specialised Pre Pointe Assessment by a qualified physiotherapist.
At Perfect Form Physiotherapy we specialise in assessing and treating dancers of all ages and abilities. Our Physiotherapists have many years of experience at helping ballet dancers progress onto pointe safely.
Going onto pointe is more than just having strong feet and ankles. In a usual Pre Pointe assessment the following areas are reviewed and monitored to ensure a safe progression onto pointe:
- Classical Ballet Technique
- Foot and Ankle Strength and Flexibility
- Postural Control
- Core Stability Strength
- Turnout Range and Strength
- Stage of physical Development
The information gained from these sessions will not only ensure that the young dancer is truly prepared for pointe work but will also improve their dancing technique in general. The rehab provided by the therapist will compliment the dancers base training thus producing a stronger performer all round.
The sessions are an hour in length and by the end of the session dancers and parents will have a good understanding of what is required in order to be able to progress onto pointe. The dancer will receive a specific home exercise program to work on between appointments.
Once all of the requirements have been met, your therapist in conjunction with your dance teacher, will give you approval to purchase your first pair of shoes! This requires an expert fitter and you can discuss the most appropriate person for this with your therapist.
Once pointe shoes have been purchased we can assist in ‘breaking’ them in effectively and commencing basic pointe strengthening exercises. (Its not all about walking on your toes!) This actually helps the shoes last longer and makes initial pointe work much easier!
As many students present with the same weaknesses, Lisa Howell created “The Perfect Pointe Book”. This is a wonderful resource for any dancer and teaches all of the basic strengthening and stretching exercises needed in order to progress onto pointe safely. Many students begin work on this even before their initial assessment in order to arrive more prepared. You can purchase a downloadable version of this resource online at HERE.
We look forward to helping you progress onto pointe safely!
For more information contact us:
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+61 2 9922 7721
Perfect Form Physiotherapy
Level 4, Suite 404,
88 Foveaux Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010