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Taking Pointe too early
By Gaudium Comments: 1366, member since Wed Apr 14, 2004
On Tue Oct 27, 2015 08:51 AM

Here are some things young dancers should keep in mind and discuss with there teacher before going on pointe.

Going on Pointe in Ballet, too early before the ankles are fully developed apparently leads to Arthritis. Young ballet dancers and their parents should be aware that, along with the rewards of a professional career, often come painful and arthritic ankles, especially for dancers who go on Pointe too early.

Several professional ballet dancers I know claim they were able to lengthen their careers or slow the progression of ankle disease in the form of Arthritis by taking longer breaks between performances.

Ankle problems are one of the leading contributory factors in ending a dancer's career. A third to half of the season, many dancers live with chronic ankle pain.

This is nothing new to ballet dancers, who are used to performing with pain much of the time. But perhaps the problems might be prevented, or at least alleviated, if young dancers waited until they were older to go on Pointe.

1 Replies to Taking Pointe too early

re: Taking Pointe too early
By maureensiobhan Comments: 4729, member since Wed Dec 24, 2003
On Wed Oct 28, 2015 02:19 PM
For the love of all that is good and holy, this has been discussed many times on here. I think we can all agree with your post. These discussions are nothing new. We cannot continue being the pointe shoe police.