Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique. Pointe work is performed while wearing pointe shoes. A ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within their pointe shoes. A dancer is said to be en pointe when the dancer’s body is supported in this manner. Extensive training and practice are required to develop the strength and technique needed for pointe work. Dance teachers consider factors such as age, experience, strength and alignment when deciding whether to allow a dancer to begin pointe work.
Ballet is a classical form of dance that requires turn-out and grace. Precise steps and gestures are set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement. Balance and symmetry are taught to ballet dancers of all ages. Choreographers continue to create diverse styles of ballets, and ballet companies are giving dance audiences a wide range of experiences in the theater.