Ask @kisarhi:

Hi again I’m going for my pointe shoe fitting in a few weeks and I was just wondering if there is a brand or type of pointe shoe you would recommend? Thanks a lot! Xx

So exciting! I wouldn't recommend any particular brand or style of shoe - it should come down to which style suits your foot best. No two feet are the same, so what might work for your friends will not necessarily work for you! I've been a fitter of Bloch pointe shoes for years and they have some great options for beginners. Capezio shoes can be a good option for beginners too! Hope this helps. Best of luck with your fitting, you'll have to let me know what style you end up with! 💖 xx

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Hi! My friend is deciding wether or not she wants to pick up ballet. She wants to know wether you have to be flexible to be a ballerina. I didn’t know what to say as that question has never crossed my mind, so I would appreciate your help! Btw it’s Mimi from YouTube asking. Xx

Hi Mimi! Yes, being flexible is one of many parts to becoming a ballerina. However, you don't need to be flexible to start out - not many people are born with bodies as bendy as dancers! Flexibility is achieved over long periods of time with lots of practice - it's no different than developing muscle strength or learning to dance en pointe. All this to say - don't let your lack of flexibility stop you from starting ballet! 💕 xx

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I'm 15 and started ballet again 4 months ago after a few years off. My teacher has told me to start pointe and I’m still not sure because I’m not fit enough and I don’t think I have strong legs. Although all the people I’ve asked told me to go for it, I'm concerned I'm not ready to start pointe.

Trust your instincts - if you're unsure, maybe wait until you feel ready. Take the time to develop your strength with pre-pointe exercises. Even a few weeks of extra training, focusing on foot articulation, strength, balance and overall fitness can make the difference. Re-assess how you feel at the end of the month and see if you feel stronger and more confident. I'm a huge advocate of trusting yourself and listening to your body. At the end of the day, only you will know what is best for you. ❤️✨

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I have been doing ballet since I was four. I am now 13, my teacher says that we need at least 1 year of ballet level three to go en pointe, I am currently in ballet two. Can tell me what I should continue to work on so I can go en pointe?

You're so close, only 1 more level to go! How exciting! It sounds like you're working very hard and that work is paying off. What areas of your technique are weakest? Focus on exercises that can improve this. Do you have strong feet? Are your ankles stable or wobbly when you rise to demi pointe? Do you articulate your feet well when you tendu? Do you have good balance? Look at each of these areas and see what you can do to make them better. Use a chair at home for support and practice slow tendus, 1 leg rises and releves, balances on demi pointe and on one leg (with both hands off the barre!). Best of luck, you'll be on pointe before you know it! 💖

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