Dance Screenings & Pre-Pointe Assessments
The progression onto Pointe is an exciting milestone in a ballet dancer’s life. Although it may seem like a natural advancement, the timing of when this happens is crucial. Too early and there is the potential risk of damaging growth plates at the ends of your bones. There is no hard and fast rule as to when a dancer is ready to progress on to pointe shoes and start dancing en pointe. To minimise any injuries during the transition, most dance teachers encourage specialised Pre-Pointe Assessments done by accredited physiotherapists. Roz Penfold, our Principal Physio, is Canberra’s most experienced Dance Physiotherapist and completes our Dance Screens and Pre-Pointe Assessments.
The main objective is to allow dancers to progress onto pointe once they are able to demonstrate the technical, mental and physical maturity in the areas listed below:
Pelvic and lower limb stability and alignment
Foot and ankle biomechanics and type
Mobility, strength and control of the foot
Turnout range and control
Although this is not a foolproof method in preventing injuries entirely, it does dramatically reduce the chances of dance related injuries; therefore increasing the enjoyment during dance and potentially even prolonging the career span of dancers.