==== ====For helpful tips on pointe work, please take a look at this:http://tinyurl.com/prepointe==== ====How can you tell...
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How To Know When To Start Pointe Work

  1. 1. ==== ====For helpful tips on pointe work, please take a look at this:http://tinyurl.com/prepointe==== ====How can you tell if your daughter is strong enough to do pointe work? There are specificrequirements for this that teachers look for.** Familiarity with correct technique. This results from the time spent in classes combined with theability of a child to retain information and work hard without constant prompting.** Muscle strength. The time required to develop this varies, and depends upon the number ofclasses per week, the childs other activities, musculoskeletal health and general health.If you watched students in the regular class, and then watched them do the same movements inthe pointe class, you should not see too much difference in the effort. If they struggle hard, fallhard off pointe, or clench the barre, then they are not ready to do pointe work.Some smaller and younger children work better than their peers and could be strong enough to dobasic pointe work. Children who learn quickly need to be challenged with new work. If theirtechnique is precise, they could work safely in a pointe class.Teachers need to know their students. I think it takes a couple of years to watch children work,adjust to growth, handle the pressures of life, and observe which students are going to tackle newwork with discipline and precision. Enthusiasm is not enough, and yet it is the motivating force forparticipating in an art like ballet.I have taught children who were born to do ballet, physically, and yet did not have the powers ofconcentration to work safely without constant supervision. These students look good for a fewyears, but dont make the best or most reliable performers. And they dont necessarily fall in lovewith ballet. Many move on to easier hobbies.If you have concerns, ask your daughters teacher exactly what qualifies her to do pointe now. Justbe frank and tell the him/her that you would like to be reassured that your daughter is ready forpointe. The teacher should be able to tell you something specific that makes sense.And then its off to the ballet store!If you are wondering how to choose a ballet teacher, how to identify good posture, turnout andother aspects of ballet training, there is lots of information on the internet.Dianne M. Buxton is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada. She taught at, and
  2. 2. choreographed for The National Ballet School, York University, and George Brown College, inCanada, and taught at Harvard University in the U.S. Click here for ballet shoes, pointe shoes,strengthening exercises, dance news, dance books, diet and health for dancers,DVDs and more.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Dianne_M._Buxton==== ====For helpful tips on pointe work, please take a look at this:http://tinyurl.com/prepointe==== ====

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