WHAT IS A PRE-POINTE ASSESSMENT?
By Ali Simpson
A pre-pointe assessment determines whether a dancer is ready to commence training en pointe.
It is vital in ensuring the safety of the dancer. If a dancer progresses onto pointe too quickly, it puts the dancer at significant risk of injury.
Pre-pointe assessments are conducted by Osteopath, Ali Simpson, who is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science.
Ali has a special clinical interest in dance injuries.
WHAT DOES A PRE-POINTE ASSESSMENT LOOK LIKE?
The assessment will take approximately 1 hour and will begin by taking a history of the dancer to understand their training load, previous injuries and goals.
- pointe range
- turnout range
- foot and ankle control
- foot and calf strength
- pelvic and abdominal control and,
- ballet technique
The dancer will then be educated on individual areas of improvement and provided with exercises targeting these areas.
WHEN IS IT SAFE TO PROGRESS TO POINTE?
The primary concern when progressing to pointe is damage to the growing feet.
Technique and strength are both crucial components in determining when a dancer is ready.
Whilst there is no specific age or time, generally pre-pointe assessments are completed once an individual is 11 years old due to growth related changes.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Similar to a ballet class your practitioner will need to see your posture and alignment during the assessment.
Any tightfitting clothing or dancewear (leotard, crop top and shorts etc) that is comfortable and that won’t restrict your movement will be helpful for your assessment.
WHAT IF IM NOT READY TO DANCE ON POINTE?
If you are not ready to begin pointe work after your assessment, don’t be disheartened.
It takes time and effort to safely progress onto pointe.
Your practitioner will explain to you the areas of improvement needed and will give you specific exercises to target these areas.
They will discuss with you a realistic timeframe to achieve improvement.
Book A Pre-Pointe Assessment With Ali Today!
Come and have a chat with one of our therapists to see if we can help improve your health. Book online or call the clinic on (03) 5232 2400.