When determining what it is that makes a beautiful ballet foot, you must look at the overall characteristics of the feet. You've probably heard your ballet instructor use terms such as "arch" and "instep." The arch is the curve under your foot, between the heel and forefoot. The instep is the bony structure on top of your foot. The ideal ballet foot has a high arch and a high instep. Having a high arch is beneficial for a dancer because it makes it possible to get to a high demi-pointe in soft ballet shoes, and over the box if she is dancing en pointe.
Some dancers refer to perfect ballet feet as "banana feet," as the curved arch and instep somewhat resembles the shape of a banana. If your feet look more like cucumbers than bananas, try adding a few foot exercises and stretches to your daily routine. The following routine may help you on your journey to beautiful ballet feet.