Pre-Pointe is designed to prepare dancers in Ballet for the study of pointe work. This portion of the syllabus typically takes 1 year and is designed to set up the young dancers for success in pointe. This class emphasizes strengthening exercises for the legs and feet. Dancers learn about pointe shoes, how to properly affix and tie pointe shoe ribbons, and proper foot care.
Pre-Pointe may also be recommended for a dancer who is physically unable to undertake the rigors of pointe work, but can benefit from the exercises offered and would enjoy learning about the process of dancing on pointe. Dancers remain in pre-pointe until they are formally advanced by the instructor to study on pointe.