What is the best shank for pointe beginners?
Just as for more advanced dancers, shank choice for beginners is mostly determined by the individual dancer's foot shape, strength and technical development. So, there is no "best" shank. Building strength Many instructors do prefer that beginners start in lighter or softer shanks. Lighter support allows beginners to experience roll-through and develop the strength in their feet, without over-reliance on the pointe shoes to prop them up. Other instructors like to see beginners "working" their shoes more strongly, which requires a stronger shank.
Just enough support For any dancer, the right shank choice is the one that gives adequate support without restricting movement. The shank should facilitate proper placement on pointe while providing the degree of flexibility in roll-through desired by the dancer and instructor.