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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wacky Wednesday Marble Pick Up

Wacky Wednesday Marble Pick Up

The most problematic area in pointe work is strength in the metatarsals. This is the area you need to really push the shoe into a lovely pointed foot. It’s more difficult than it sounds.

For beginning pointe dancers, the shoes often feel like immovable bricks, and unfortunately, they often look that way! It requires strength and articulation in the feet and especially the toes and metatarsals to be able to point (stretch) the feet as effectively as in regular, soft ballet shoes.

One exercise that can help is picking up marbles with your toes. That’s right. Just doing this little thing can help strengthen the required areas. The fact that it is fun to do is a bonus!

Try it for a few weeks. You’ll be surprised at the results!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #23c:
“Pick up marbles with your toes as a strengthening exercise.”

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“Thank you," I said bravely, dropping the syllables cleanly, like marbles, and secretly full of the most pathetic pride imaginable. I had spoken to strangers.”
― Alexis HallWaiting for the Flood

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