Physiotherapist Megan has experience in the dance industry at many levels and has a deep understanding of the physical and psychological aspects of a variety of styles. She is trained to conduct detailed pre-pointe assessments and create optimal training programs to correct individual biomechanics and technical elements prior to going en pointe as well as for general injury prevention and management.
Why do I need one?
Progressing onto pointe is a significant time in a young dancer’s life and going to purchase your first pair of point shoes is a long awaited for and exciting experience. Although Pointe is a beautiful aspect of classical ballet, it is not a normal human function and it is essential that your body is adequately prepared before you make this leap to prevent risk of injury. Establishing correct biomechanics and technique prior to commencing en pointe is crucial to the long-term health of your hips, feet and ankles. It is important to be assessed by a qualified health professional who has experience with ballet dancers to collaborate with you and your dance school to ensure a safe career en pointe.
When should I have one?
There is no specific age where girls are ready to go en pointe due to the large variance in growth, strength and flexibility between the ages of 11-14. If your dance teacher has indicated you may be ready to make this progression in your training, it is recommended that you complete a pre-pointe assessment 3-6 months before you wish to begin pointe classes.
What is involved?
The initial pre-pointe consultation will be an hour long and involve a detailed assessment of specific technical and biomechanical elements relevant to a successful transition en pointe. This will include pointe range, foot control, turnout range, pelvic stability, core control and the application of these in basic ballet steps. Following the assessment, your physiotherapist will send a report to your teacher, outlining what was seen and prescribed. You will also receive a set of exercises, if necessary, relevant to areas needing improvement prior to starting training en point. All programs are tailored to the individual and aim to empower you with the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your goals.
What should I wear?
We will need to be able to see your posture and alignment throughout the assessment. Any tight-fitting clothing or dance wear that is comfortable and won’t restrict your movement is appropriate ie leotard, crop top and shorts etc.
What Happens Next?
After working on your specific exercises for 3-6 weeks at home, you will be reassessed to review your progress. It may take between 1-5 appointments for you to achieve all components required to safely commence training en pointe. This will be dependent on your diligence with your home exercise program as well as your current training regime. In this time, your physiotherapist will work closely with you and your dance school to develop the skills necessary to relevé onto pointe.
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