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Flex Your Feet
Point Your Toes

Flex your feet

Tracy Wicklund
Most professional ballet dancers have at least one thing in common...beautifully pointed feet. The secret to a great point lies in the instep of the foot, the top part of the foot between the ankle and the toes. A beautiful point has an exaggerated instep...it sticks up high when the foot is pointed. Of course, some dancers are blessed with the ability to point their feet correctly without much effort. Dancers with longer feet or thinner ankles appear to have prettier pointed feet.

If you are not one of the lucky few with naturally-beautiful ballet feet, the following tutorial will help you learn how to properly point your toes. If you follow the steps correctly and often, you may soon have the prettiest points in your class.

  • Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you and your knees straight. (If your hamstrings feel tight, lean back further, supporting your back with your elbows.)
  • Flex your feet by pulling your toes up toward your body. Try to point your toes up to the ceiling. Don't worry if your heels rise up off the floor.
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