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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have many of Ms. Howell's books and DVD's. They are good but not exceptional, and cost quite a bit for what one gets. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danse Classique
I purchased this book directly from her website. I find Lisa to have the most thoughtful and intelligent approach to dance conditioning and her thorough knowledge of how the body... Read morePublished 11 months ago by grenouillefrançaise
A very good reference book for anyone going en pointe and very informative! I really enjoyed reading it!Published 18 months ago by Vincent S.
Amazing! I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in dance, is currently dancing, and especially those who teach. Read morePublished 21 months ago by christian correa
This is an expensive book but does have some good information. My problems is the the book and whoever sells it. Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by Chris H.
I bought this book for my daughter so that she could learn some exercises to get stronger on pointe. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by JS
Great book for inspiring young dancers. It is loaded with illustrations and information to a dancer's delight. I would recommend this book to all young readers.Published on August 31, 2012 by Danka