I am teaching a girl who has really gorgeous flexible feet but she is finding it really hard not to go too far over on pointe. Her arch is wanting to and is able to go well over her toes! She is aware of the problem and I have shown her the correct position to try and stay in, we are really working on strength in her ankles and making sure that she isn’t going too far over, but I just wondered if you had any further advice or exercises that may help her. She is currently wearing a Capezio shoe.
I have The Perfect Pointe Book which is brilliant by the way, but I can't seem to see any references to this problem.
I hope you can help
Thank you so much for that question. While many girls struggle for adequate mobility in the front of their ankles, many others have the (often more difficult) task of controlling excessive mobility if they have very flexible feet. There are several things that you can do to help these students, and I will make sure to add a section dedicated to the flexible feet in any new versions of The Perfect Pointe Book.
There are also lots of specific strengthening exercises in the Advanced Foot Control for Dancers Program, and the model in the video has very flexible feet (one in particular) that she has had to learn to control, so I highly recommend this program for your slightly older dance students (Ages 14+).
However there are several other things that I suggest you try immediately.