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Tates

Highbridge, UK

#42 Sep 11, 2008
you should try putting surgical spirit on your feet and use cotton wool instead of the actuall toe pads, you could also try putting micro-pourous surgical tape around your toes
Carolyn Gorman

United States

#43 Mar 9, 2009
Sophie wrote:
I am a proffesional ballet dancer and Latin American dancer. I will be happy to answer anything and as for ballet, I've been going on pointe for 15 years and I started at 11 years old. Any questions?
Can you or anyone answer the following question about pointe shoes for young girls? My 6 1/2 year-old girl has been doing ballet for 1 1/2 years in Belgrade, Serbia. The teacher is very serious and they spend most of their three one-hour sessions per week stretching and doing floor exercises. The teacher recently moved my daughter and 5 other girls (around 7 years old) to the next level up and they are now practicing at least 30 minutes/week in toe shoes. I just looked on the internet and saw all the prohibitions against starting toe shoes too young. The teacher here of course thinks they are ready and are not too young. I know nothing about ballet. I'm thinking of having my daughter quit ballet now, as she surely won't want to be moved back down to the little kids class after her friends have moved up, but I don't want her to have an injury that might bother her for life. Do Europeans put their kids in toe shoes earlier than Americans perhaps? Are we Americans just too conservative? Thanks.

Since: Mar 09

Durham, NH

#44 Mar 9, 2009
well finding the right pointe shoe for you can feel a little like looking for a needle in a haystack ! Maybe Grishko's aren't the right shoes for you. So many factors go into a proper fitting shoe, like length of your toes, shape of your feet { are your toes straight across or is one of them longer than the rest}? It is a process no dooubt about that ! Pointe shoes do come with pain, but remember you want to get your feet calloused so that the pain and blistering will be minimized. Good Luck !
Thao

Perth, Australia

#45 Apr 10, 2009
ballerina girl wrote:
im 13 and ive been doing ballet 4 1 yr and im in grade 3
how long will it takeme to get to en pointe and wat grade do i have to be in
Well first of all you'll have to have 2 years of training for pointe shoes. At my dance school you have to do a Pointe Exam in Grade 5 and they have to see if your ankles are stronge enough to go on Pointe for Grade 6. You might get your Pointe shoes or you might not but even though you might not you'll still get them in term 2 of Grade 6.
Juliet

Columbus, OH

#46 Jun 27, 2009
I also have a pair of grishkos. i have been dancing en pointe for many years (about 12 years) and i understand the pain of pointe. I started to ice my feet a while ago every night for about 10 - 20 minutes, taking the ice off of my foot for short breaks. this stopped the pain of pointe for me completely, but this depends on the type of feet you have. Trying it wont hurt you unless you dont take breaks, so take off the ice about every 3-4 minutes, and then put it back on.

~hope this helps:)
PerfectPointe

New Bedford, MA

#47 Jun 29, 2009
Try a thicker gel toepad
Dibee

Compton, CA

#48 Aug 9, 2009
lexington wrote:
Hey. I just bought my first pair of pointe shoes. They brang is Grishko. How long are they going to hurt my toes? I can't do like anything with then 'cause my toes are killing me..
If none of the above has helped, I would guess that maybe your shoes don't fit well - too narrow or too short? When you demi plie and your feet spread, it shouldn't hurt.This article might help:

http://balletshoesandpointeshoes.blogspot.com...
Newcomer

Dallas, TX

#49 Oct 6, 2009
a dancer wrote:
unfortunately, pointe shoe hunting is a trial and error adventure. For me, i tried about three different brands of shoes before i found one that didnt hurt at all. You could consider trying a different brand. If your toes hurt in all the ones you try, i guess you could either get toe padding (if your school allows it). There are also lots of different kinds of paddings you could try. Hope this advice helps
What brand do you use?
Dancer

Albany, NY

#50 Mar 4, 2010
Random wrote:
Yours toes arent probably going to stop hurting :/
You'll just have to push through the pain, and you will probably get more used to the pain
I agree.Ive been on pointe for years and my toes still hurt. The pain subsides a little, but never permanently...
Tip:keep a smile on your face and nobody will guess your in pain. Think about it . In recitals you don't see anybody frowning on stage.
Joan

Frenchtown, NJ

#51 Apr 13, 2010
I am a dancer and if you are just starting pointe, it is usual to have pain. It slowly evolves over time. Also, you should ALWAYS wear toe pads or other toe-protective garments or else your feet will be damaged. Wehen getting your first pair of pointe shoes try on all different kinda to find the one that is the most comfortable and able to fit like a glove. :}
Dancin feet

Aurora, CO

#52 Apr 14, 2011
I use tiger balm on my feet where it hurts the most, but make sure u don't use too much cause it will numb your feet and then you can seriosly injure yourself best of luck!!
VegHead11

Mitchell, Canada

#53 Apr 16, 2011
crayz wrote:
how many grades of ballet are there
Grades:
Pre-Primary – 5 years and over
Primary – 6 years and over
Grade 1 – 7 years and over
Grade 2 – 7 years and over
Grade 3 – 7 years and over
Grade 4 – 7 years and over
Grade 5 – 11 years and over
Vocational Grades (Preferably for people who are considering being a professional ballerina, performer or teacher.)
Intermediate Foundation - 11 years and over (non compulsory)
Intermediate - 12 years and over
Advanced Foundation - 13 years and over (non compulsory)
Advanced 1 - 14 years and over
Advanced 2 - 15 years and over
Solo Seal- Must hold their Advanced 2 with distinction
balletrox

Campsie, Australia

#54 Apr 23, 2011
Dancer wrote:
Ok, first of all it depends on your age. Just becuase you have been taking 2 years of ballet does not mean you are ready for pointe, becuase if you started when you were 7, and you are now 9, that is not old enough to start pointe. If you are about 12 or older (depending on the school you go to) you would be old enough for pointe. This still doesnt mean the person can go on pointe if they havent done ballet before.
Second is your ability and training. You should have at LEAST 2 years (approximately) of traing before doing pointe (and that is only if you are the right age.) You also have to have good turnout and technique, and strong muscles. Without these, even if you have been training for 2 years and you are the right age, you will not be ready for pointe.
Also, some schools consider the grade that you are in. Some schools start students on pointe in grade 4 or 5, but this is only to get them used to pointe, so that in the higher levels when pointe is required in exams, they have strength and knowledge. However, schools only do this if the students fit the criteria of age, training and ability. For example, if a 13 year old who has been training for 3 years is in grade 5 ballet, and they have good technique and strength, the teacher may ask them to start pointe. But, if a girl who is 9 years old who has been training for 6 years is in grade 5 ballet, the teacher probably won't put them on pointe. Lots and lots more other things that i havent written here are assesed before pointe is begun.
Never go onto pointe without permission from your teacher. it is dangerous to try and learn pointe by yourself. also, never try and stand on your toes without pointe shoes on. you can really hurt yourself.
Hey, I'm going into grade 5 in July, and I'm 11 in August, and my bones have ossified. I have good technique and I think I'm quite strong. I've danced for 3 years. Do you think I'm ready for pointe?
Lee

South Africa

#55 Aug 19, 2011
Excuse me but i think i can help... ive been doing ballet since i was 2 and a half. I was trained by a faimed teacher who has produced principle ballerinas and I am 15 in my graduation. i started pointe work when i was 11. this teacher your child is at is a HACK! starting too young can cause bunions and tendonitus! do you want your daughter to get a hip replacement at the age of 12? get her away from this teacher now!
Katie

UK

#56 Sep 10, 2011
I agree with Lee - your daughter will thank you when she's older.
Juliette Clark

New Orleans, LA

#57 Sep 14, 2011
While pointe shoes may be very uncomfortable compared to street shoes, an ideal fit with proper padding with not cause constant pain. For more information on how to find a properly fitting shoe, please look at the articles on my site under the "Pointe Shoe" tab:

www.classicalballetteacher.wordpress.com

Also, look on youtube for videos by Lisa Howell that explain in detail how to use the foot properly in preparation for and during pointework. Improper use of the foot can also cause unnecessary pain.

Happy safe dancing!

Juliette
Balletgirl12

Batley, UK

#58 Oct 28, 2011
I'm in the same situation in a way mine hurt! I read loads of things here are some tips ! I have Bloch pointe shoes and they kill but walk around the house on Demi pointe to stretch them ! Also ouch pouches (toe pouches) they are great you can get many types e.g fur ones gel and material ! Picking is just to see which type are most comfy when up on pointe also don't over do it in your classes if some more advanced girls are on them easy just take a break! Make sure the shoes aren't too small if they are you toes will be curled if not when your up on pointe your toe should touch the block but not curl :) have fun pointe is great !:) x hope this helps ! X
Ballerina 4 Ever

Hamilton, New Zealand

#59 Feb 22, 2012
Carolyn Gorman wrote:
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Can you or anyone answer the following question about pointe shoes for young girls? My 6 1/2 year-old girl has been doing ballet for 1 1/2 years in Belgrade, Serbia. The teacher is very serious and they spend most of their three one-hour sessions per week stretching and doing floor exercises. The teacher recently moved my daughter and 5 other girls (around 7 years old) to the next level up and they are now practicing at least 30 minutes/week in toe shoes. I just looked on the internet and saw all the prohibitions against starting toe shoes too young. The teacher here of course thinks they are ready and are not too young. I know nothing about ballet. I'm thinking of having my daughter quit ballet now, as she surely won't want to be moved back down to the little kids class after her friends have moved up, but I don't want her to have an injury that might bother her for life. Do Europeans put their kids in toe shoes earlier than Americans perhaps? Are we Americans just too conservative? Thanks.
ohmigod I'm a dancer and have been dancing for 10 years now, and don't ever let your child on pointe before age 10/11 without having her feet checked by more than one professional!! Until she is that age, her bones in her feet can change position easily, and she could be in a wheelchair for life!!! Try a different school, I would say.
Kloe27

Baldivis, Australia

#60 Jul 22, 2012
ballerina girl wrote:
im 13 and ive been doing ballet 4 1 yr and im in grade 3
how long will it takeme to get to en pointe and wat grade do i have to be in
You have to make sure that your body is ready. Going en pointe requires a lot of strength. If you are not ready, then you could seriously injure yourself. I remember wanting o get point so bad. But they do hurt and I am glad that I am prepare for them otherwise I would have hurt my self by now.
Hope this helps you :)
BalletBabe

Canonsburg, PA

#61 Oct 27, 2012
ballerina girl wrote:
im 13 and ive been doing ballet 4 1 yr and im in grade 3
how long will it takeme to get to en pointe and wat grade do i have to be in
I was in the same situaton as you 2 years ago. I had started ballet when I was 12 and when I was thirteen I got my pointe shoes. I just took as many extra classes as possible to strengthen my feet to pass my school's 'pointe test' to determine if I was ready to go on pointe.

If I were you, i would first check yourself to see if you are strong enough. Balance in passé en releve if you can stay for at least 40 seconds in correct position with little wobbling you probably have good enough balance for pointe. This may take you a few tries. It is really important to have good balance because it is much harder to balance on pointe. Also use a theraband constantly to strengthen your feet.

Next I would ask your teacher after class after most of the other dancers have left if they think you may be ready to start pointe. If they say yes, GOOD JOB!! If not, don't get discouraged, it usually takes girls a few years to get pointe shoes.

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