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Pre-Pointe Class by Janice Barringer offers an amazing amount of information for teachers. Introducing students to pointe work is always an exciting time, but also a difficult challenge. As a means of making beginning pointe work easier for both student and teacher, a transition class called “Pre-Pointe” is sometimes recommended.
Exercises emphasizing relevés and other strengthening movements serve as 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 there is no shank. They provide the feeling of a harder, more resistant shoe, yet the students are not allowed to actually go en pointe.
Of course, these exercises may also be done in a soft ballet slipper. 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
- Video files in iTunes Video Format (.m4v). Drag and drop into your Tunes Library
- Cover Art