The Ballet Dance Routine – Learn It Right Now!

Have You Started Beginner Ballet Lessons?

Satin ballet pointe shoes – the dream of every dance student, beginner or adult ballet beginner. Aren’t they the “the point” of taking ballet! In most cases, you will have taken ballet for two to three years already, and you have worked up to having three classes a week, before your  teacher tells you you’re ready for pointe shoes. This is necessary to build the muscle strength and technical accuracy demanded by classical technique.

Learning Ballet Barre Routines

To dance in pointe shoes, you need to also be aware of, and increase the strength in your intrinsic foot muscles, meaning the muscles only in the foot, and not part of the larger lower leg muscles that end in the feet. Would you like to get ready for pointe shoes right now? Are you interested in learning how to isolate and work these foot muscles?

If you are as determined as I was in my ballet training, then you don’t want to wait – you want to start yesterday!

Knowing how to do routines that use the classical training you already know,  with some physiotherapy exercises,  will accelerate your preparation for pointe work. There are lots of tips that will help you.

Your Goals for Learning to Dance on Pointe with Ballet Toe Shoes:

  • become more flexible in your ankle joints if needed
  • build strength in all the little muscles in your feet and ankles
  • increase ballet turnout
  • improve your core strength and balance
  • discover every weakness in your basic classical technique, and fix them – you can!

Prevent Injuries by Learning Proper Pointe Technique

You may study ballet for recreation, or maybe you want a professional career.  Every dance student needs to know the basics well, to prevent dance injuries. If you are a pointe beginner, or have been dancing en pointe for years, you can learn anatomical details about your body and how it can function correctly, to your best advantage.

Typical Dance Injuries You Can Prevent With Good Technique

  • sprained ankles
  • shin splints
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • knee sprains

Here is one simple and important exercise you can learn now – it’s called Toe Swapping.  If you happen to be sitting with your feet flat on the floor, just pick up your big toes. Don’t let the other toes follow the movement, keep them on the floor. Then place your big toes back on the floor, and lift the other four toes of each foot, up. Not as easy as you might think, until you get the feel of it.

You will see this exercise among others in The Perfect Pointe Book.  You’ll get stronger faster!

Work up to doing this exercise twenty times – twenty swaps – six days a week. You will gradually feel your foot muscles differently. See how simple that is, just to get you started. You can get more foot and ankle exercises that are also easy to learn, and they will get you closer to dancing in beautiful  satin ballet pointe shoes.

The Perfect Pointe Book

Pre pointe exercises-practice every day!

 

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