|Posted by [email protected] on October 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM|
When preparing for Pointe work your main focus should always be building up strength in you feet, not necessarily flexibility. There are many aspects of you ballet that need to be strengthened before you start your Pointe work, one key area is the metatarsal muscles in the feet, here is a guide on how to do this and there are photographs to ensure you are following the steps correctly.
When following this exercise it is important to warm up before you start. You want to follow the steps carefully and you should start off gently with low repetitions in each foot, and increase as you progress. This exercise will be more effective when performed slowly and carefully
Strengthening all the correct muscles used during ballet, particularly when working your feet will build up your control over key areas needed for pointe work and improve your alignment. The guide (http://en-pointe.webs.com/exercises.htm) is designed for use with a fitness band, giving you a resistance to work against. These fitness bands come in different strengthes, do not automatically buy the hardest strength as you may strain or injure yourself. Instead ask a sales advisor what would be best for your grade in ballet.
If you focus on your floor pressure in classwork particularly when executing tendu movements, you will find that the pressure against the floor makes your feet work more and therefore strengthens key areas.
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