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Pre Pointe Assessments

 

The purpose of a pre pointe assessment is to assess whether the student’s body is physically ready for the demands of pointe work. Progressing up onto pointe is both challenging and exciting for young dancers, so ensuring the dancer is at the appropriate age developmentally and has suitable strength and control throughout ballet techniques is important.

The findings of your assessment will be reported back to you, your parents, and your dance teacher via email. It will include suggestions for treatment of any existing injuries as well as areas that require improvement.

 

What to expect at your Pre Pointe Assessment

  • Our physiotherapist will take your history including previous injuries, current exercise and what dance lessons you are participating in as well as your goals for dancing.
  • She will then assess posture and your dance technique with the aim of assessing your core control, hip turnout ability and foot/ankle mobility and strength.
  • The next part of your assessment will include some specific measurements of your turnout, ankle range, foot mobility, rise strength and flexibility.
  • You may then be prescribed specific exercises for areas of your body that require improved mobility or strength You may require follow up sessions to progress your exercises before you are encouraged up onto pointe

What to bring/wear?

  • Bring your ballet shoes
  • The assessment will be performed in bare feet
  • Wear your leotard, or shorts and singlet top so that we can easily assess your posture and technique
  • Do not wear tights
  • Bring contact details for your dance teacher 

     

    Cost: $162 (report included) – HICAPS available

     

    Duration: 60 minutes (45 minute assessment, 15 minute report production) – arrive 10 minutes prior for paperwork