Going on Pointe
Learning pointe work requires a dancer to have a solid foundation in technique so that she can apply that technique using pointe shoes. Strong feet (good pointing habits,) strong and sustained use of turnout, holding muscles correctly in the upper body, arms, abdomen, back, glutes, etc. are all essential when working on pointe. Many elements must be in place in order for a dancer to begin pointe work properly and without injury. This curriculum progression,increasing the number of days per week she studies ballet, ensures that a dancer is physically and mentally ready for additional training and more advanced instruction. This readiness is more a condition of physical and technical readiness than chronological age.
This curriculum model is the basis of classical ballet. Dancers progress to taking ballet class four and five and six times per week as they advance, because their level of training demandschallenging physical work and requires dancers to be extremely fit and well conditioned.
At Kingsport Ballet, the level of training we provide in the Vaganova method is correct, and recognized internationally as such. Whether a dancer goes through our program for enjoyment,performing opportunities, college scholarship opportunities or for a future career in dance, we ensure that students receive the best available instruction – providing versatility in other danceforms as well as pre-professional ballet training.