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Pointe readiness

The first pair of pointe shoes are often bought when suggested and permitted by a ballet teacher. What is it based on? Unfortunately, usually on the dancer’s age, whereas it should be based on one’s physical individual abilities. In a group of ten 12-year olds there are equally many dancers all in different points of physical development, different types of bodies, and different levels of strength. Some are ready for pointes at the age of 12, some are not.

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