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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday's Perfect Point

The Perfect Point

For beginning dancers everywhere, achieving a correctly “pointed” foot can be a challenge.  I usually prefer to use the term “stretched” instead of “pointed”, because this prevents the dancer from tensing the foot and clenching the toes.  Stretching the muscles of the foot fosters a more correct elongated curve.

The biggest error most students make involves “sickling” the foot, that is, stretching the little toe side of the foot further than the big toe side, resulting in a foot that is sickle-shaped (or a golf club shaped) instead of a straighter line.  I tell the students to imagine a railroad track running down their foot with the rail on each side being aligned with – parallel to – the other.  Only later is the concept of a beveled foot in devant and derriere positions introduced.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #4d:  
 “To correctly stretch (point) the foot, imagine a railroad track running down the foot, and keep both rails aligned.”

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