How to Get the Perfect Pointed Foot in Ballet

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Getting the perfect pointed foot in ballet requires you to improve both your strength and flexibility. Get the perfect pointed foot in ballet with help from an experienced classical ballet instructor in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Lori Lahnemann, director of the Philadelphia Dance Academy and the Philadelphia Youth Ballet. Although there's no perfect pointed foot for classical ballet there are ways you can improve the strength and the flexibility. One of the most important ways is using your tendus, your releves, and your Sauter in ballet class to continuously work the foot and build strength. In your tendu you want to make sure you use the floor to develop articulation through the ankle and the demi pointe. In your relever and your sauter you really want to press down into the floor to rise up till you build strength in the ankle. You also want to control the descent again to develop that small musculature in the foot. To develop flexibility there's some basic structures you can do. You want to make sure you do these carefully and that the foot is in alignment with the ankle and the knee. You'll cross one leg in front of the other in parallel. Make sure the toes are tucked right next to the standing heel. You don't want to sickle because that would be reinforcing the very flexible outside of your ankle. So then you press your back knee into the front knee and stretch the instep creating a nicer line of the ankle. Another stretch you can do in parallel is do a demi plie keeping your heels on the floor. Maintain that demi plie as you roll through a forced arch or a high heel position lifting the heels up. Stretching underneath the toes to achieve a better demi point. From there you can straighten the knees and try to maintain that line of the ankle for a more beautiful relever. Again I'm Lori Lahnemann from the Philadelphia Dance Academy. And these are ways you can achieve a better foot for classical ballet.

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