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Dancing on Pointe is a major goal in a ballerina’s dance life.  Dancing on Pointe, or on your toes, requires tremendous strength of the legs and feet.  Many ballet teachers have strict requirements for starting Pointe work.  How do you know when you are ready for Pointe Shoes? The proper age to start Pointe work is controversial.  Many experts believe that a ballet dancer can begin dancing on Pointe if she is at least 9 or 10 years old.  Some teachers don’t attach a number at all, they simply rely on ability.  However, because of the growth of the foot is about complete at age 11 or 12, many agree that Pointe work could be introduced at this time.  Never try dancing on Pointe shoes if an instructor tells you to wait, as it’s easy to become injured.

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