Pre-Pointe Class by Janice Barringer includes a large amount of information for the dance teacher. Dancers can be very excited when beginning a pointe class; it's also challenging.
Exercises emphasizing relevés and other strengthening movements are an intermediate step before jumping headlong into a full-fledged pointe class. Special shoes called "Pre-Pointe" or "Soft Toe" have been manufactured especially for this class. Capezio, Grishko, Freed, Bloch, Fuzi, Teplov, and Sansha have all made shoes for this purpose. They resemble traditional pointe shoes-----pink satin with a blocked toe, but no shank. They provide the feeling of a more complex, more resistant shoe, yet the students are not allowed to go en pointe.
Your students should use a soft ballet slipper for exercises in this class. After six months or a year of this specialized class, the transition to pointe will be smoother.
- Breakdown and teaching of all exercises by Janice Barringer
- PDF file of Technique Notes. Insert the disc into your computer Rom-Drive to view or print
- Video files are iTunes Format (.m4v). Drag and drop into your Tunes Library
Music to accompany this class is