Pointe Intensive, Sydney, AU, August, 2020

$450.00 AUD

Location: En Pointe Dance Academy
Address: 9a Resolution Drive, Caringbah, NSW,2229

Saturday 29th August, 2020 9am to 4pm
Sunday 30th August, 2020
9am to 4pm

** Registration Open **

( Strictly limited to 10 participants)

At this stage we are still hopeful that by August we will be able to resume some normality to our lives and this workshop will be able to go ahead. We will however honour any governmental restrictions in place at that point in time.

We advise that if you are coming from interstate and intend on travelling to NSW for the course, it may be better to book your flights and accommodation closer to the time. Bookings are still open however, we have now limited attendees to just 10 participants as we anticipate small groups will still be required at this point in the year.

By ticking this box, I understand that any of the material gained from these workshops can exclusively be used for the educational purposes of my teaching. Redistribution of this material, either electronically or physically, is not allowed as well as dissemination of the information within these courses for personal profit.

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Historically, pointe work can be tricky for some feet. While some may find it hard to fully rise over the block of the shoe, others may be dealing with excessive mobility within the major joints of the foot and find that they have very little control over their ankles. Since every dancer is different, the journey onto pointe is going to differ for every dancer. In addition, many women dance on pointe for most of their careers as ballet dancers so getting it right at the very beginning is crucial to ensure a long lasting career, and one that is injury free!

Dance teachers often feel unsure of how to work with those students who don’t naturally have the facility for pointe work. However, these students often end up being put onto pointe anyway, despite not having the appropriate range or control, in order to keep up with the class. Some teachers send their students to be individually assessed by a therapist, however many therapists feel unqualified to conduct in-depth pre pointe assessment if they have not  been explicitly trained to do so.

We know that getting onto pointe can be a race between some dancers and peer pressure can be high to stay at the same level. For this reason we include lots of tips to ensure that each student progresses as quickly as possible with the necessary strength and mobility. These include mobilising, massage, easy strengthening exercises. It may seem hard to get rid of bad habits in young dancers, but it is equally as hard to get rid of good habits!

The following is is a breakdown of the two day intensive to give you some idea of the content covered and the structure of the day.

The registration fee for each course includes a full colour course book. For full details of the content of our other Two Day Intensives, please CLICK HERE.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 we ask all participants to bring along their own packed lunch and refreshments.  Strictly limited to just 15 Participants.

Hurry and secure your place in our Pointe Intensive workshop today!

Location: En Pointe Dance Academy
Address: 9a Resolution Drive, Caringbah, NSW,2229

Dates: 29th-30th August 2020

Saturday 29th August 
9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 30th August  9:00am – 4:00pm

Additional information

Day One

9am – 11am: Preparation for pointe work, the Pre-Pointe Questionnaire and Parents Education

The first part of the course looks at how we can more effectively prepare young dancers and their parents for the process of preparing to go onto pointe. Adequate education well ahead of the final formal pointe screening will help avoid many broken hearts, as well as reducing the likelihood of injury. We go through a simple questionnaire that helps ascertain the current status of each dancer in relation to their training and injuries. This will help identify whether the student has the history and current training in order to be suitable for pointe work and to give a good snap-shot in time of their current timetable. We will also start on the Pre-Pointe Assessment process, reviewing some assessment techniques discussed in the Level 1 course, with a special focus on the requirements for pointe.

11:00am – 11:15am: Morning Break

11:15am – 1:00pm: Pre Pointe Assessment

Assessing the individual dancer thoroughly before going on pointe is absolutely paramount to sucess en pointe and is slowly becoming more commonplace in dance schools around the world. Having a clear system that allows you to accurately identify areas of weakness, tightness and instability in a dancer allows us to give them specific exercises that will help optimise their function. The assessment process explores simple screening tests that teachers can perform in the studio before allowing their students to go onto pointe. This may be done as individual private assessments, or in a group setting over time. Effective and efficient mobilisation techniques are also introduced to help improve common areas of restriction, such as pointe range, plié range and turnout range and control.

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Foot Assessment

In the afternoon of Day One we continue our assessment process, with special consideration of anatomical variances in foot type and foot shape. We discuss the pros and cons of having each type of foot and common difficulties that each foot type poses in relation to pointe work. We look at the various arches of the foot and the dynamic function of theses arches in ballet. Understanding foot shape is important when advising students on types of pointe shoes to buy when they are ready for pointe work.

Day Two

9am – 11am: Specific questions in relation to starting en pointe

There are so many urban myths around pointe work, and on the morning of the second day we spend time discussing several of these, along with the repeated common questions about starting en pointe, such as:

– Can you go en pointe of you have flat feet?
– Should students get an x-ray before starting en pointe?
– Does pointe work cause bunions?
– What are the best pointe shoes to use?
– Should pointe work hurt?

11:00am – 11:15am: Morning Break

11:15am – 1:00pm: Pointe Shoe Fitting

In the later part of the morning we look at the ideal fitting of the pointe shoe, different options for different foot types, and ways of customising the shoe. Many questions arise around the topic of ribbon type, ribbon placement and the best way to ‘break in’ a pair of new pointe shoes. All too often, students place their ribbons in the wrong place on their pointe shoes, tie them too tight around their Achilles Tendon and break in their shoes in a way that may cause them to fail faster than needed. Simple ideas can make a huge difference in getting a perfectly fitted shoe, whether you are with the student at the fitting or not.

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Beginner Pointe Work & Progressions

We look at some preparatory exercises for students who are new to pointe to get the accustomed to the shoe and the workings of it. We focus on ankle stability when standing in pointe shoes, and effectively using the demi and ¾ pointe, first in sitting and then at the barre. We stress to teachers the importance of working slowly through all of the preparatory stages, and making sure that strength is built through slow concentric and eccentric training for optimal control. We then progress to some basic beginner pointe exercises that build the foundation for a safe progression onto pointe. These exercises are suitable for even your most advanced dancers, and should be revisited regularly by all dancers en pointe.