Pre-Pointe Assessment

Why have a pre-pointe assessment?

Dancing en pointe is an aim of most ballet dancers.  It is exciting, but it does put great stress on the dancer’s body – feet, ankles, legs, hips etc.

If the dancer is physically prepared to progress, the risks are minimal, but it is important to be sure.  An appropriately trained physiotherapist can carry out a very specific assessment, covering strength, core, flexibility and technique.  Strength is important to control movement and maintain balance.  This includes core strength, turnout strength, calf strength and strength within the feet.  Flexibility is required in order to obtain appropriate body alignment, minimising demand on muscles to assist balance.  Technical skill ensures the co-ordination of strength, control and range of motion.

Unfortunately, not every dancer is able to dance en pointe.  For example, a bony block due to a condition such as os trigonum may prevent the ankle from achieving full pointe range.  This is unusual, but it is important to be aware if such a condition is present.

Most limitations can be overcome.

What can I offer?

I will carry out a very specific pre-pointe assessment.  This will take an hour and will include about 30 observations and measurements.  I will then complete a detailed report on my findings.

Most dancers will be given a personal exercise program and will be taught how to carry out each exercise in order to maximise the benefit as needed.

Your dance teacher is, of course, a very important part of your progress to pointe.  The final decision is his or hers.  I will send a report on your pre-pointe assessment and will stay in contact regarding your progress and any relevant issues. 

When your teacher suggests it is time for you to begin progression to pointe, please call me to make an appointment for a pre-pointe assessment. 

I look forward to meeting you.