Lately, I have been asked a lot of questions on foot strength by younger dancers. Everyone knows that to start pointe, you must have strong feet. Don’t worry about it too much, if you don’t have strong feet that’s OK! Just because you don’t have strong feet now, doesn’t mean that you will never have strong feet! As long as you are working hard, a little everyday goes a long way. Although you may not realize it, you are improving and getting a little better everyday! Below are some great stretches to help strengthen your toes and feet. I hope that these help, and if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to ask. Your pointe shoes are just a few stretches away!!! 😉 You can do it, you’ve just got to believe in yourself!
I know that in the dance world people are constantly telling you, ” you cant. ” Trust me, I know this because I had to face this phrase many times in my life. You see, I was not born flexible and so when I would dance, it wouldn’t be as flexible or “impressive” as other people. In this case, I was always told by teachers and other students “you cant become a professional because you aren’t flexible enough.” Although these words may be small, they are definitely powerful and made me very discouraged for a long time. I felt like I had stopped believing in myself, but there were so may people who hadn’t lost belief and kept me going and kept me in the dance world. When times get tough, although you may not believe in yourself, there are still people that believe in you. Now, I have worked very hard and in fact, I got all of my splits this year! As long as you believe in your self, you can do anything, go anywhere, and live to the impossible. Never forget that nothing is impossible. Actually, the word itself says “Im Possible!” You just have to believe…..
~Spoken through the life of a dancer.
One of the hardest lessons I have learned as a dancer is to never give up and to keep going. People at school or other places outside of dance may have a hard time understanding what you do, but you cant let that discourage you. For example, they might not understand why you couldn’t come to your friends birthday party on the weekends, or that you weren’t able to meet up with your friends right after school for some ice-cream. Ballet and dance takes dedication, time, and effort. That means practice every night or every other night. It is very important to not let what other people say or think bother you.You are amazing and talented. You are unique in your own way and that’s ok. Be proud of who you are and never let what anyone else says let you down. Always remember to Never Give Up!