27/m just started Cecchetti grade one

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Perfect Feet

New Baltimore, MI

#1 Oct 4, 2007
I just started this past wednesday, but am willing to really commit myself. I'm in Cecchetti grade one, and it meets twice a week. I'd like to put three or four days a week into ballet, so in order to take more classes, I'll have to get good enough to attend grade two.

I stretch at home quite a bit, probably at least an hour a day, and I also do yoga about three or four days a week. And I lift weights about three days a week. I also use a theraband to stretch and strengthen my feet and arches. I'm thinking it would help to practice the few excercises that I can remember from class at home.

I'd obviously like to "get" my splits, so I do a lot of hamstring stretches and a good stretch to turn my legs out where I lay on the floor face down with my legs out to the sides. Some of our poses in yoga work toward the front splits as well. I can stand in first position with decent posture, but if I go up on one leg and release the bar, my body slowly turns to accommodate the turned foot.

My ultimate intent is to go en pointe.

I'd love to hear anyone with guidance, suggestions, criticism, questions, etc!
Dancer

Adelaide, Australia

#2 Oct 5, 2007
I wish you the best of luck in your dancing! It is very great that you have started, and that you are confident! Your goals are well within reach! I am sure you will become great!

Perhaps, let your teacher know you are interested in participating in more classes. He/She may let you come to grades one and two classes, or put you into grade two early.

Practise at home certainly helps, just make sure you dont form any bad habits. Sometimes bad habits can be hard to break. One of these is a sickled foot. You may hear your teacher use this expression. It is when the foot turns inward at the ankle joint.

It is great you are so enthusiastic. Good luck!
drama girl

South Africa

#3 Oct 5, 2007
I also wish you the very best of luck. And what I've found is that, in whatever you may be doing, just apply yourselp, don't do it half-heartedly, give 150% all the time and just really put your mind to it and really believe that you can do it. I am 100% sure you will achieve your dream.

*Guys don't go en pointe
Perfect Feet

New Baltimore, MI

#4 Oct 6, 2007
Like Mr. Miagi from Karate Kid said:

"Karate DO yes, you are ok, Karate DO no, you are ok, Karate DO so-so, you get the squish, just like grape"

*And guys DO go en pointe! I do, anyway.

“dancing = life”

Since: Aug 07

Haverhill, MA

#5 Oct 6, 2007
Perfect Feet wrote:
Like Mr. Miagi from Karate Kid said:
"Karate DO yes, you are ok, Karate DO no, you are ok, Karate DO so-so, you get the squish, just like grape"
*And guys DO go en pointe! I do, anyway.
^^ ur the first!^^
Perfect Feet

New Baltimore, MI

#6 Oct 6, 2007
You're saying I'm THE FIRST GUY to go en pointe? Even if you were right (you're not), that would be even more cool.

Are you aware that Enrico Cecchetti (the inventor of the Cecchetti method of ballet) was a man?

And just for any "nay-sayers", one of the best ways to motivate me to do something is to tell me that "I can't" do it. Go ahead an fuel my fire.
Dancer

Adelaide, Australia

#7 Oct 7, 2007
Perfect Feet, Ballet Babe, Drama Girl

About men going on pointe- there is a BALLET COMPANY of only men who are touring their ballet "MEN IN TUTUS"!!!! In this ballet, the men go on pointe. One even stays on his toes for the whole dance! They are actually really good at it, not to mention apparantly hilarious! So, men can go on pointe. Also, some roles require men to go on pointe, like in "A Midsommer Nights Dream", the ballet, when the man gets turned into a donkey. He has to go en pointe then.

There is a fanstastic new range of costumes and dancewear coming out with the brand name Elevate. Elevate makes tutus, dance cotumes and dancewear.

Tutu2You and Elevate are currently situated on EBay.

Tutu 2 You also sells acessories to go with the costumes like tiaras, bun covers, fans and masks.

Elevate and Tutu 2 You have really great service. I have bought a number of things from them. They are really really great quality. I also bought a tutu for my esteidford. It was the most beautiful tutu i have ever seen, and i got great comments from the adjudicators. The comments included:
"Beautiful tutu"
"Effective costume"
"Appropriate costume for character"
"Stunning tutu"

I hope you check out Elevate and Tutu 2 You. When you need your next costuume, tutu or just dancewear, they are the place to go.

From Dancer
Dancer

Adelaide, Australia

#8 Oct 7, 2007
Oh, BTW Perfect Feet. If you have just stared ballet, i strongly advise you not to go onto pointe until your teacher says you are ready! Not in sandshoes, soft ballet shoes, bare feet, socks- nothing! You can really hurt yourself!
Perfect Feet

New Baltimore, MI

#9 Oct 7, 2007
I agree and don't intend on doing so until my instructor(s) and I feel that I'm good and ready.
Dancer

Adelaide, Australia

#10 Oct 7, 2007
that is good. many people say "am i ready for pointe? i can stand on my toes in bare feet!" this is not good! they can really hurt themselves, so i am glad you are not one of these people.
Perfect Feet

New Baltimore, MI

#11 Oct 7, 2007
Not to mention, that sounds just about impossible for me! I've got a bit of a morton's toe, and it just wouldn't be stable.

As far as performing en pointe, I actually believe I've got some very novel ideas that could be workable! Nothing overtly comical, but actually masculine. I'm thinking of a fusion of break-dancing and pointe (among other ballet moves). The costume would be cool. No tutus or pink. Another idea is an 80's hair-metal inspired fusion with ballet! Think Motley Crue, Poison, etc... they did all the split kicks off the speakers and all sorts of other acrobatic moves! The costume for that would be outrageous! Maybe even include a guitar for a portion of it!

These are ideas that would work without pointe, but I think the element of pointe would make it so much more worthwhile and "ballet"-like! I think these fusions would be incredibly entertaining for people, simply because of their anti-traditionality!

When I get good, the ballet world isn't going to know what hit them!

“dancing = life”

Since: Aug 07

Haverhill, MA

#12 Oct 7, 2007
Perfect Feet wrote:
You're saying I'm THE FIRST GUY to go en pointe? Even if you were right (you're not), that would be even more cool.
Are you aware that Enrico Cecchetti (the inventor of the Cecchetti method of ballet) was a man?
And just for any "nay-sayers", one of the best ways to motivate me to do something is to tell me that "I can't" do it. Go ahead an fuel my fire.
uh yeah i knew he was a guy! i never siad he wasnt.
Dancer

Adelaide, Australia

#13 Oct 8, 2007
Perfect Feet
Those ideas sound very origional and good. I hope you one day reach your goal. You should check out men in tutus i know they have a website google them.
Perfect Feet

New Baltimore, MI

#14 Oct 8, 2007
Ugh! So I can count on my legs being sore for the rest of my life, right?! Hopefully, once my muscles develop and become more flexible and stong, the soreness should diminish.
curtsie

Sidcup, UK

#15 Oct 25, 2007
heyarr i was wondering what grade u gotta be to go to pointe????
can you help me
curtsie

Sidcup, UK

#16 Oct 25, 2007
i also wanted to no were u have got top go to do these grades
Dancer

Adelaide, Australia

#17 Oct 27, 2007
curtsie
It really depends on the school you go to and the syllabus you do as to what grade you begin pointe in. Some schools start students on pointe in grade 4 or 5, even though no pointe work is required in these grades. This is so students can get a good solid training on pointe before the higher grades, which do require pointe in the exams. Of course, this also all depends on if the students are the right age, have sufficient years of training, and of course have the right technique and strength. The grades which pointe are required for exams are different for each syllabus, but one i know starts pointe work in exams at pre elementry. Part of the exam is in soft shoes, and part is in pointe shoes.

i don't fully understand this question:
i also wanted to no were u have got top go to do these grades
but do you mean do you have to get the top mark (honours distinction) to get into these grades? If so, i believe the answer is no, but it could be different for each syllabus. In one i know, the minimum requirement to do the senior grades (pre elementry and up) is to pass grade 5.
Ballet Bum

Rose Bay, Australia

#18 Oct 30, 2007
When people say "I can stand on my toes in barefeet" what does that mean? Does it mean they can actually stand on their big toe (and maybe second toe) as you would in a pointe shoe? Or does it mean they crunch thier toes up and stand on the joint where the toes and foot meet? I have seen both done and the latter is very damaging to the foot- you could break/dislocate toes. Im not sure if the other method is good or not? I guess it means you have pretty strong feet?
BallerinaGirl

Adelaide, Australia

#19 Oct 30, 2007
When people say "I can stand on my toes in barefeet" it means that they are trying to stand on their toes as you would in pointe shoes. I assume it is on the big toe, but it could be in the mushed toe way you are talking about. Both ways are very very very dangerous. The mushed toe way could break/dislocate teos and is teaching bad technqiue, but the other way is also dangerous. What if they fell down and rolled their anle, or broke their toes? Never stand on pointe in anythign but pointe shoes, unless of course your teacher has instructed you to do toe stands in tap or irish hard shoes. Only ever stand on pointe with permission from your teacher. I am sure any teacher would adive very greatly AGAINST standing on pointe in barefeet/socks/sneakers/soft shoes.
EmilySSE

London, UK

#20 Dec 31, 2007
I'm a synchronized swimmer, and we stand on our toe knuckles all the time to stretch our toepoint. Of course, you don't just start out all of a sudden standing right on them. For a while, you just stretch with your hands then you kind of kneel on them and finally stand on them.

Of course, I agree that you should never do it unless instructed to do so by your teacher (or swim coach!)

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