What should parents discuss with the teacher about beginning pointe?

Your daughter’s teacher has probably spoken with you about pointe readiness; if not, this is an important discussion to initiate. Before your child begins, you should be confident that she is ready and receiving appropriate instruction, which should include pre-pointe training and guidance and a careful progression through the first pointe year. If possible, observe a beginners’ pointe class. At professional schools, pointe beginners typically spend only a short portion of the ballet class on pointe, focused on learning how to use the shoes and building strength and flexibility, rather than attempting steps and combinations on pointe.