Intermediate & Advanced

Pointe Library

Welcome to our reference library for dancers beginning pre-pointe and pointe work!

We highly recommend The Perfect Pointe Book by Lisa Howell, and have included some of her resources below to guide you with the most commonly asked questions about pointe work.

You may also sign up for her newsletter to receive a pdf guide and various video tutorials on her website:

Elementary IV: Pre-Pointe

Upon registering for Elementary IV, please purchase your pre-pointe shoes from Kinney Dancewear.  The special shoe you will wear for this class is specially designed to help you transition from working exclusively in a soft ballet shoe to a shoe with a more structure like that of a pointe shoe.  Call ahead to be sure that they have your size before making a trip to the store.

Bloch Tensus Demi Pointe Shoe

The Demi Pointe is a transitional shoe from the ballet flat to the pointe shoe. The Tensus Demi Pointe features an adjusted pointe shoe box construction, which is softer but still allows the dancer to experience the feel of a pointe shoe. The insole and outsole work together to provide the correct amount of resistance needed for foot and ankle strength development. The padded insole cushion provides extra comfort. This demi pointe shoe is not designed for work en pointe.

Your pre-pointe shoes will fit snugly, similar to your soft ballet shoes.  When being fitted, you will notice however that the shoe may feel more restrictive than your soft shoes.  This is normal and to be expected!  As long as there is no sagging of the fabric around your foot, you may begin sewing on the ribbons and elastics prior to your first class. The dancers should do the sewing…parents are asked to be available to assist, but the process of learning to sew her own shoes is an important part of a young dancer’s training.

Intermediate I

Intermediate I dancers will receive information regarding a scheduled pointe shoe fitting during the first weeks of class.

Here are links to some information we feel would be helpful to you:

How do you tell when a girl is ready for pointe? (article)

How to sew ribbons on your pre-pointe or pointe shoes (video)

How to sew ribbons and elastics on your pointe shoes (tutorial)

Note: We prefer that elastics be sewn to attach to the outside of the shoe, but the angle of the placement is accurate.

How to tie ribbons on your pointe shoes (video)

And for many other helpful tips, please check out Lisa Howell’s Youtube Video Library.