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the 4 stages of pointe

stage 1  Takes pointe class  stage 2  Does Barre in regular class en pointe  stage 3  Does whole class en pointe when they feel like it   stage 4  Pointes come out for centre  I was thinking about the process of learning pointe a while a go and  sort of came up with the four stages of the Dancer's progress in their Pointe Journey.  All this assumes /presumes that the dancer has been fitted with a suitable shoe by a competent fitter and has been advised properly on padding, ribbons and elastics. if they are new to pointe that the shoes once prepared have also been checked by their teacher.  So when does Stage 1 happen? That depends on the age of the dancer and how long they have been taking class.  For the Young Dancer there are some  increasingly firm gudelines setting the age somewhere  between 11 and 13 to start pointe to allow time for sufficient bone maturation. Where as for adults that is far less of a consideration.   However it's not just a matter of age for the Young Da

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