First half-hour at barre - technique:
- exercises for articulation of feet and toes
- exercises to strengthen ankles and calves
- balancing en pointe
- glissades and sousous, pique sousous (eventually echappe and soutenu)
Second half-hour in center - technique:
- walking, running, glissades
- tendus and degages (eventually echappes)
- port de bras with developpe
- traveling steps: waltz, balance, etc.
- bourree and soutenu, easy turns
Occasional center combinations - phrases from variations
|Some of my pointe students' feet!|
The majority of the barre exercises will be the same from week to week to maximize time and measure progress. Center will vary and will not always include the same elements.
More experienced dancers can perform the entire class en pointe.
The class will begin on Saturday August 6. As with my other technique classes, pointe will be drop-in; you won't need to sign up in advance nor are you required to take it every week. For those dancers completely new to pointe, I ask that you not purchase shoes yet but take a class (or 3!) flat until we are confident you have the strength in your core and ankles to hold you properly. When you are, this article about fitting pointe shoes from physiotherapist Lisa Howell is an excellent resource.
If you have any questions, please ask! Happy dancing~