From age 11, including adults
Pointe is arguably the most advanced class, and is an extension of ballet. Pointe classes are aimed at students with extensive ballet training, as it requires a high level of strength, technique, and placement to avoid injury.
Ballet is of French origin, and the word Pointe translates to Tip in English. It's understood that this was originally referred to as Pointe du Pied in the 1800s, literally translating to 'Tip of the foot'.
Pointe is an advanced skill taught during our regular ballet classes at higher grades. Some movements include rising on to pointe, relevés, and couru. For all pointe work, special shoes must be worn. A pointe shoe has a rigid toe box because it needs to stabilize the foot while still retaining some flexibility in the forward part of the shoe - they aren't made with stiff materials but rather softer materials that still keep their shape well. Pointes also require adequate arch support as dancers can lean quite far forward into relevé.