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How to get more pointe range!

Many dancers struggle with achieving a nice line of their foot and ankle, and will often do anything to make it better. Unfortunately, many of the things that dancers do to try to improve their pointe range are potentially harmful. This includes things like stretching your feet under a piano, and using any kind of foot stretching device. In my opinion, pushing your body in the direction you want it to go is usually the slowest and most dangerous way of getting there, and this definitely applies when working with pointe range. Forcefully stretching feet usually stretches what is already mobile, rather than targeting the elements that are actually restricting your range, so will often not give you the result you are after.

The following two videos, from our "How to improve your pointe range safely - without a foot stretcher" program, explain how the Windlass Mechanism of the foot works, and why walking in parallel can help improve your range! Understanding how the foot is designed to work in detail can help you make improvements in range in a much simpler and safer way.

To get you started we feel free to download the FREE pdf on 'Improving Pointe Range in Dancers', which includes a series of exercises to really help improve pointe range long-term.

  • The Foot & Ankle Massage Sequence
  • Mobilisation techniques for the mid and rear foot
  • Fascial Mobilisers
  • Specific Timing of the Complete Calf Complex
  • Finding the Foot Intrinsics
  • Walking in Parallel

If you currently have a foot and ankle injury please be sure to consult your local health care professional before adding any of these exercises to your training program.

Pointe Resources

If you are looking to delve deeper into this topic, check out the following programs:

  • The Perfect Pointe Book: This course was originally designed to help students and dance teachers safely prepare for pointe work. The four stages of tests and exercises within the book are ideal for pre-pointe preparation classes, students close to achieving pointe shoes and students already en pointe looking for extra strength and technique training.
  • Pointe Range: This online program comprises of 41 clear and concise videos, totalling just under 2 hours play time, this course begins with a series of assessments to establish exactly what structures are restricting your pointe range. It then explores a diverse array of massage techniques, joint mobility exercises and fascial mobilisers to safely improve your pointe range. This is followed by an in depth look at retraining all of the muscles that stabilise the foot and ankle to allow you to actually use your new found pointe range in class.
  • Pointe Intensive: This online virtual workshop is designed for both Dance Teachers & Health Professionals working with dancers. This three day Intensive will give you the most up-to-date advice in the industry to help you understand your students’ needs, analyze their differences, and them you the tools to help your students become the best dancer they can be.

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