How to understand if you a student is ready for pointe shoe work?
How do teachers understand if a student is ready for pointe work? Is there a common evaluation method or criteria? No, there isn't.
In the following article, Isabelle D'Hoine, a ballet teacher from Ghent, Belgium, shares her own experience, hoping to discuss this subject with fellow teachers, as well as parents and dancers themselves.
Before allowing students to commence pointework, use our own evaluation method, as well as sharing their experiences with others. We use to call it "pre-pointe lesson".