A common question for starting pointe as an adult ballet student is: am I too old?
No. However, this is the wrong question.
Sound ballet technique, consistency and strength is key to dancing en pointe correctly and safely. ‘Am I ready for pointe work?’ is the question you should be asking your teacher and yourself. Dancing en pointe requires enormous dedication and commitment; it is important adult dancers go in with their eyes wide open and a deep understanding of their personal limitations.
Prior to attending their first pointe class, students must speak with their teacher to discuss their readiness for progressing to pointe. Where necessary, students may be requested by their teacher to undertake an external pre-pointe assessment. In addition, students must:
- have at least two years of recent and consistent ballet training
- as a minimum, attend at least two elementary level ballet classes per week, one of which must be the class preceding the pointe class.
Students who wish to practice pointe work during their normal ballet classes must speak with their pointe teacher first.
We care deeply about safe dance and injury prevention and as such, 6th Position reserves the right to refuse students entry into the pointe class. This includes where a student has reserved a place in pointe class without first speaking to their ballet teacher. If refused entry, the class purchase used to make the reservation will not be returned to your account.
We understand being an adult means having responsibilities and commitments that may make it difficult to consistently meet the above mentioned requirements for pointe class. Please think carefully about whether or not a commitment to pointe work makes sense for you at this time in your life. Given the technical demands, inconsistent attendance is simply not safe, nor does it lend itself to progress, for dancing en pointe.