Anonymous said: Do you have to be able to pointe your toes really far or have really good arcs to be able to go on pointe? Or is it more about your strength?
Pointework is largely about strength, but flexibility in the ankle & toes is also important. A “good” arch really doesn’t have much value beyond aesthetics. Pre-pointe training should include lots of relevés & élèves to strengthen the ankle. I would also recommend core work to help with balance. Consult your instructor (as you always should before beginning pointe…) for a specialized preparatory regimen if your school doesn’t offer pre-pointe classes.