Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pointe Shoes Beginners

Pointe shoes beginners -  just standing in them, is like standing on a wobble board. Which for a pre pointe exercise, you could use. What is a wobble board?

It is a board that physio therapists and chiropractors might have in their office, for you to stand on, and wobble. As you wobble, you will use your sole of the foot and ankle area muscles to compensate for the wobble, and thereby keep you on balance.

After you buy pointe shoes, and just stand in them on one leg, you will feel like you are standing on a wobble board.

Hey, did anyone warn you about this? Well, I am, right now.

But I also am going to tell you how to get "un-wobbly", right now.

If your ballet turnout is strong, you can do this exercise in a turned out position. If you are a ballet beginner, even an adult ballet beginner, you can do this exercise in a parallel position.

The position is, cou de pied. or neck-of-the-foot, or working foot big toe on the supporting leg's ankle bone.

You may start holding something for a ballet barre, if you like.

Arms can be held out in front, or you can put your hands on your hips.

Your chance at being on balance will be greater if your hips are level.

Once in this position, and feeling on balance, close your eyes.

If your supporting ankle wobbles, that's okay. Just keep trying to get control of the wobble.

In soft leather ballet shoes, you are well connected to the surface of the floor.

In pointe shoes, the sole of the shoe is slightly bowed, meaning it is really easy for your supporting foot to rock back and forth.

I recommend a fantastic book for pointe shoes beginners that I believe will help you progress in ballet!

(With lots of exercises and self-tests designed to get you strong in pointe shoes!)

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