A pointe readiness evaluation is mandatory for students hoping to transition to pointe work and for students new to Opus wanting to continue their pointe training.
There are many disadvantages to starting pointe before a student is strong enough or before proper ossification has occurred. Research has shown there is no handicap to a dancer’s career by starting pointe work as late as 16 years old.
Core strength, range of motion, alignment, balance and foot strength are all included in our exam for being en pointe. Students need to be strong enough to be en pointe and we make sure each individual is ready before the decision is made.
New students hoping to continue pointe training will be given a window of time to train for the pointe readiness evaluation.
After one month of classes at Opus, new students will be given a trial evaluation to get a sense of what the requirements are as well as what improvements need to take place to pass the evaluation.
Following the trial evaluation, new students will have 4 months (schedule permitting) to pass the pointe readiness exam.
Students may take the exam up to three times in the 4 month period.
If the student does not pass the requirements, they will be taken off pointe until they are able to pass.
Things to keep in mind:
Pointe work is not a right
Pointe is not for everyone
Students need to be a minimum age of 12 to be considered for pointe.
Good attendance in class is a requirement
Pointe work is not determined by your age, the number of years you have been dancing, your friends being put en pointe or your desire to be en pointe
Pointe work is an evolution and extension of effective ballet training
Advancing to pointe is on an individual basis, not by putting an entire class on pointe
To set up a pointe readiness evaluation, please contact Artistic Director, Brooke Evans. Brooke will provide you with a written, detailed description of the evaluation, as well as a list of out of class work you can use to help prepare. Pointe evaluations will take one hour; there is no fee for the first evaluation. Subsequent evaluations cost $40.
We recommend parents read the following articles for more information regarding the importance of ossification and risks of going en pointe too early.