July 15, 2021
Are you ready to take the next step in your dancing journey? The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science have released guidelines for what is required to take the next step into your exciting future and possible career as a dancer. These guidelines recommend that a PRE-POINTE ASSESSMENT is completed with your physiotherapist to help assess your readiness to begin safe en pointe work.
This high demand sport can have a lot of physical stresses on the body involving high repetitive load on muscles and bones which can often lead to injury if not adequately prepared for this type of functional demand. Did you know that ballet shoes increase the load through the foot by 4x the dancer’s body weight (eg; dancer is 30kg, that is 120kg!). Pointe work increases these forces up to 12x the dancer’s body weight! You can imagine what this could result in with training 2x a week for 1-2 hours a session.
The physiotherapist will assess the dancer in detail looking to identify range of motion, foot control, turnout range and pelvic stability, core control and the application of all of these in basic ballet steps.
After the assessment, your parent and teacher will receive a report, outlining what was found and the steps required to achieve your goals. The dancer will be given exercises to address the findings in the assessment and the dancer will need to complete these exercises until the next appointment.
Take the next step in achieving your dreams of becoming a dancer and book your pre pointe assessment now! You can contact us for more information about PRE-POINTE ASSESSMENT or book online on our website.