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The Perfect Pointe Book: All you need to get on pointe, stay on pointe and be the very best dancer you can be! Paperback – November 2, 2006

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About the Author

Lisa Howell is a physiotherapist specializing in the education and treatment of dancers. She owns and runs the Perfect Form Physiotherapy practice in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and also lectures internationally to various ballet schools and sporting institutions on exercise rehabilitation and safe technique. Lisa's aim is to develop a series of resources to allow dancers, athletes and the general public - wherever they are in the world - to have access to vital information that may change the way they work with their bodies. She enjoys working with dancers because of the responsibility they take for their own management, and their drive to achieve, or return to, full capacity as quickly as possible. Lisa began dancing at the age of 5 and she continues to use her involvement with dance as a constant learning tool. She loves to have a close interaction with her clients, so please feel free to contact her through the open blog at www.theballetblog.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452857407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452857404
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book about a year ago as I was venturing back onto pointe after many years off. I was hesitant due to the cost, but I had heard good things and was impressed with the author's videos on YouTube.

After working through the book I highly recommend this for ballet students preparing for pointe or those already en pointe looking to improve existing technique. This book does an excellent job explaining how and why strength and flexibility in certain areas is so important to have a successful experience en pointe. I particularly appreciated that the exercises went beyond foot and calf strength to include the turnout muscles and core. Everything is presented in a very systematic format with checklists to track your progress (I recommend making photocopies of those pages).

There are certain areas I wish were better in the book. There are some typos and I feel that there could be some more detail in some sections. I highly recommend that anyone who purchases this downloads the videos that go along with each stage (these are free with purchase). The videos really flesh out what the student/teacher should be looking for in pre-/post-testing and how to do the exercises properly. However, the overall cost is well worth it for the injury prevention and self-care information provided within.
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I purchased this book for my eleven year old daughter as she's close to going en pointe. I have to say, we were both disappointed with it. While the information is interesting and somewhat helpful, it looks like someone just printed out pages off the internet and stuck them in a book. The graphics look worse than clip art. For the money I paid ($48), not worth it at all. It's not even very thick either. If you're looking for a book on pointe information, I'd look elsewhere. We'll most likely purchase something else like "The Pointe Book".

Edited 8/12/11: My daughter has been using this book for several months and her teacher has commented on her increased toe strength and higher rise in pointe position. I must say that this book seems to work. If it weren't for the somewhat cheesy graphics and price, I'd have given it a higher review originally. Obviously the exercises in the book are working for my daughter and she loves using it.
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By Mark Twain on November 10, 2010
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This book is well-written, with illustrated exercises that will help you improve the flexibility and strength of your feet and legs safely. Moreover, when I signed up online with my code in the back of the book, the author Lisa Howell began sending me friendly emails asking me how the exercises were going and offering tips and advice. I think it's great that she really follows up. This book has taught me a lot about my body; I very much recommend it.
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This isn't the cheapest book and there weren't many reviews, so I was hesitant to buy it. But I wanted to dance better, so I tried it. Glad I did. I often rely on user reviews so I'll try and give a decent one here.

I'm not a ballet dancer, but I got into ballroom and latin later in life. I like spins and turns but can't control them as well as I'd like. I figured, whatever it takes to enable one to dance on pointe, can't hurt for ballroom spins and turns. Besides, ballet is the grandmother of most all western dance and there's definitely ballet elements in the ballroom dances.

I'm no couch potato, I work out seven days a week including an hour long weight lift routine 3X per week that is (I think) a decent full-body work out. I felt that my spins and turns problem was at least partly a lack of the right kind of leg strength, but I couldn't figure out how to work the right muscles. I take private dance lessons weekly and have been trying to improve my spins and turns, but it seems I've been stuck on a plateau for six months now. Need to break out of the rut. That's why I bought this book.

So I got the book a few days ago, went through it, and grabbed every exercise that looked like it might hit muscles I'm not already working on. Wow! In the very first workout my body said "Now those are the muscles you're using when you dance." My turn out muscles as she calls them (never head of them before) are weak, and the foot muscle control exercises are incredibly hard for me right now, but they seem awesome. I knew I needed foot muscle control for spins and turns but never knew how to develop it. I think this is going to help a lot.
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This would be an expensive book no matter what so I was initially discouraged when I opened my package to find a book that is written in a large font size and has the same sort of printing quality you could produce on a color printer at home. However, the information is good and she lays it out in a very readable way. The purchase also gives you the credentials to download several videos which demonstrate how to do the exercises. I have found the videos very useful; they have the same info as the book but I found it helpful to see the exercises performed. I love Lisa's accent and her way of explaining things. She has a lot of brief videos available for free on her website so you may want to view some of those before purchasing to make sure you like her approach and style before purchasing such an expensive book.
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