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“The Perfect Pointe Book” is a fantastic resource for dancers of all ages. It is designed to guide you through all of the stages required for pointe work, to make sure you have a safe and fun progression onto pointe!
This invaluable resource was written by Lisa Howell a Physiotherapist (Physical Therapist) with over 10 years of experience in treating dancers and preparing them for pointe work. It is designed to combine classical technique training with physiotherapy techniques to fine tune and accellerate your preparation for pointe work!, this book is worth its weight in gold! The book, available in a downloadable e-book or a full colour hard copy manual, plus accompanying MP4 video files teach you:
The program then guides you through four special exercise programs designed to really target those areas and improve your technique and strength as quickly as possible!
And because all of the tests and exercises now recorded on video, you can watch videos of girls just like you going through all of the exercises and test so that you can see it in real life! (Over 2 hours of Video footage is included!)
After over 10 years of working intensively with dancers as a therapist and constantly seeing the same weaknesses resulting in the same problems en pointe, I simply had to find a way to teach students how to get it right from the beginning. The problem is, if you start off with bad technique, it is VERY hard to UNLEARN this later on.
It doesn’t matter if you just do ballet for fun or if you plan on becoming a professional ballerina, this book is an essential part of your ballet bag. Whether you are just beginning pointe, or have been en pointe for years, you will learn so much about your body and how it should work by going through this process. With this book you get to learn what muscles do what, why some people find it easier than others, how to improve your turnout and how to get a great looking pointe!
I wanted to make learning about the body as fun, and as easy, as possible. All of the exercises have lots of photos so that you can see exactly how to do them, and now the videos show everything in even more detail!
The 141 page book or e-book has four stages that look at; the flexibility of your feet and ankles; the strength of all the little muscles in your feet; your turnout muscles; and your core strength and balance.
You test yourself at the start of each of the 4 stages, and then learn a program of special exercises that really focus on waking up all of the important muscles. After doing all the exercises for two weeks, you can retest yourself, and if you can do them all perfectly, you can move onto the next stage.