A pre-pointe assessment is an assessment to ascertain if a student has desired strength, range and control to progress on pointe. We have created an assessment based on all current relevant dance medicine research which takes into consideration core control, balance, proprioception, functional capacity, and mobility and control of ankle, knee, hips and spine. The pre- pointe assessment takes approximately 1 hour where a range of tests are performed. From there, the student will either pass or fail their assessment and feedback will be given. A range of exercises will be prescribed to address a students faulty patterns and follow up appointments will be provided until the student reaches the ability to pass the assessment.When the student passes more advanced corrective exercises will be prescribed to ensure they fulfil their potential when performing on pointe.
Why is a pre-pointe assessment needed?
Dancers in pre-professional training are likely to sustain up to 4.6 injuries per 1000 hours of dancing. As most dancers who are on pointe average approximately 1000 hours of dance per year, you can see how this is becoming an ongoing issue among dance medicine experts to allow for the longevity of dancers. Overuse injuries or injuries due to faulty technique patterns constitute the majority of this statistic. It is therefore highly recommended that a student gets evaluated by a dance specific health professional before progressing their dance technique.
Does my child need to attend multiple appointments?
It depends on the student, some who have undertaken pre-pointe training may pass with only 1 appointment whereas others may need multiple appointments to progress. It is an individual journey and about the safety and longevity of the dancer and not just speeding through a process to be able to get on pointe only to injury themselves later. I can say, on average, a dancer takes approximately 3-5 visits to be prepared and ready for pointe.
injury screens/functional assessments:
A detailed look at basic ballet technique to provide feedback to any faults or weaknesses. We work through positions of the feet, turn out range and control, rise and balance control, allegro control as well as others.
I will give you a detailed breakdown of where your body may be holding you back and perform treatment by the way of massage, mobilisation/manipulation, taping and rehab exercises to get you dancing to your fullest potential with much more control then ever before.
Rebecca will come into your studio and present basically anything you want me to!
I provide talks to instructors, teachers or students on anything from common misconceptions in the dance world, pointe assessment process, injury prevention or rehabilitation.