We have all been there... your mid rehearsals, nailing every move and feeling amazing! Then all of a sudden you hear it... POINT YOUR TOES!
Pointing our toes not only improves the appearance of our moves and finishes our lines and extensions, but also ensures we are engaging all of the correct muscles in our legs and gluteal muscles! Sometimes though we feel we are pointing our toes but may not be making the correct alignment or using the correct muscles to achieve the desired "perfect pointe".
What we are aiming for is a straight line down our feet and pushing all the way to our toes. This can be difficult to achieve without practice and correct strengthening. Here are our top 5 tips to gaining a perfect point! These stretches and exercises can be practiced daily!
- Theraband stretches: Wrap a theraband around your toes. Start with your feet flexed, then point your toes into the band whilst holding the resistance. Watch your alignment here. We want to see our big toe in line with our ankle.
- Exercise balls: Have your feet pressed firmly into the ball flexed. Point your toes into the ball. Again with this exercise watch your alignment.
- Standing stretches: this stretch will help improve your arch and improve the quality of your point. From standing roll your toes towards and allow the arch to stretch. Please take care not to put weight into your feet doing this - our feet are not designed to be stood on this way.
Practicing these three tips can make a dramatic change to your overall performance.
Do you have any other strengthening drills that you practice? Let us know!