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Re: Teach myself Pointe at home?
Posted by Lisa
6/30/2006  5:48:00 PM
Please show your mother this message board. I took ballet from the time I was 5 until I was 21 with a 2 year break during middle school - also due to peer pressure and feeling "picked on". I chose a new studio when I decided to start again and my mother was supportive when I asked her to help me search for a new studio. I went on to major in dance in college.

I no longer dance ballet, but it gave me a good base for my ballroom dancing (a life long dance sport) and gave me greater poise and self confidence in my life.

However, I must say dance (sport) injuries are serious and often do not surface for many years. I am now 44 and suffer from several different foot, joint, and tendon ailments attributable to dance (and to pointe). Proper warm up, proper technique, and proper care of minor injuries will improve your dancing now and prevent future physical impairments.

Is it possible to teach yourself? Probably yes. Is is wise? Probably no.
Re: Teach myself Pointe at home?
Posted by 20yearsOfdance
7/11/2006  11:41:00 PM
I've been dancing ballet pro for almost ten years now and I have to tell you teaching yourself at home can do wonders. Now I'm not saying its the perfect solution but it helps a great deal. For people who say you can't teach yourself pointe at home can stuff it! > I taught myself pointe at home when I was fifteen in my basement dance studio. With the help of my very loving mother(God rest her soul)to help mend my wounds I was successful and you can be too if you put forward the effort. I don't really think books will do much help but a video should work nicely. Now this isn't for everyone only people with the passion and art for dance and who don't fear hurting yourself evey once and a while. I admit I injured myself pretty bad sometimes but I never gave up and I kept at it and followed the video(which was VHS at the time)and did everything it told me. Now if you can't find a video on teaching you pointe then go to a very good ballet book of your choice and read CAREFULLY before you try anything. I'm one of those girls who couldn't stand the dreaded classroom and taunting little snot nosed girls who think their better than you. Ha! I showed them! Look who's dancing around the world and making a name for herself!
Re: Teach myself Pointe at home?
Posted by lars123
7/12/2006  8:49:00 AM
I'm sorry but this is ridiculous. It doesn't make any sense to say that if you really love something than you should be willing to hurt yourself over it. You can practice releves and such at home after you know what your doing, but it is not safe to try and learn all by yourself at home. Yes, the girls can be annoying, but they are just something you deal with, and I have met some of my best friends in ballet class. They also give you much needed competition. I'm sorry, but in my (and everyone else's) oppinion, it is never okay to intentionally injure yourself. You owe it to yourself to get professionally trained. Home practice should be in addition to class work. There are many things (such as center, balace, foot placement, leg straightening, foot pointing, arm styling, head placement, creativity, turnout, toe stance, musicality etc.)that a book can never ever teach you. You will be someone that knows ballet exercises but you will never be a dancer.
Re: Teach myself Pointe at home?
Posted by ElizParker
7/13/2006  11:18:00 AM
Since you quit dance before, your mother is probably hesitant because she thinks you might quit again. How about getting a part-time job? Then you can tell your mother you'll help pay for your dance lessons. If she's knows you're this serious, chances are she'll help you get started again.
Re: Teach myself Pointe at home?
Posted by ballroombeauty
7/26/2006  7:28:00 PM
Do you have any friends that take dance??? You could ask and go to dance with them one night and maybe record a ballet class or two. Then you could practice off the video tapes. Also about the shoes if you go to a shoe store they will get you your shoes and the right size. GOOD LUCK!!!!
P.S. you might also want to talk to your mom and really convince her that your mind is set on taknig classes.
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