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  1. Adrian Misseri

    Adrian Misseri Active Member

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    At what stage radiographically can a girl go 'en pointe' in ballet? I assumed it would be after closure of primary growth centers, but what about secondary growth centers? Common consensus in the ballet world seems to be about 12 years old, but I'm not sure what to advise an 11 year old girl who has just presented asking if her feet are ready? Any ideas? I've sent for x-rays to check the growth centers, awaiting results.

  2. kemplr

    kemplr Member

    Hi Adrian,

    How long has she been dancing for as well? It is not advisable to go en pointe if she is a beginner. It is advised that they have a few years ballet experience before pointe to strengthen leg muscles and develop good technique. The ballet teacher should also be able to give advice as to whether she is ready. I don't know radiographically.

  3. Admin2

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  4. Age aside, I think it depends on whether this girl is good enough and wishes to make a career from ballet. If not, why would you want to do this to yourself? Lets face it, it isn't great for your feet.
  5. Bug

    Bug Well-Known Member


    Other than that I generally suss out the teacher. A good teacher will be the best guide.
  6. Ella Hurrell

    Ella Hurrell Active Member

    Having done a lot of ballet in my time, and with a number of patients since, it is generally the standard you have reached in ballet (ie. the grade/class/exams passed etc) that dictates when the teacher brings pointe work into the class. It tends to be that those acheiving a level where it is required for examns etc, are around 14-15 years old at least, assuming they have participated in ballet since younger childhood. I speak only about the UK - I have no idea the exam structure in other countries. Certainly in the UK it is fairly difficult to progress through the grades much earlier than this.

    Last edited: Apr 10, 2008
  7. Adrian Misseri

    Adrian Misseri Active Member

    Thanks all for this!
    The patient in question has been dancing for years and appears to want to make a career with it. I wil enquire with a dancing teacher and see what I can come up with.
    Why someone would want to be a professional ballerina I'll never know.. pink tutu's just dont do it for me.
    Thanks again!
  8. LER

    LER Active Member

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    Magnetic resonance imaging of the ankle in female ballet dancers en pointe.
    Russell JA, Shave RM, Yoshioka H, Kruse DW, Koutedakis Y, Wyon MA.
    Acta Radiol. 2010 May 18. [Epub ahead of print]

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