Going en-pointe is a massive step for any ballet dancer. We take great joy in supporting local dance schools to best navigate a safe transition onto pointe shoe work by offering a specialised assessment with our Physiotherapist Lauren McLinden (nee Campbell). This comprehensive assessment from The Optimal Health Lab’s resident dance physiotherapist Lauren will determine your timing and readiness for pointe shoes.
Know Before You Go
Our 45-minute assessment explores the biomechanical factors and strength related to safely dancing en-pointe. No need to bring your ballet shoes (because Lauren needs to see your feet + toes easily), but please wear tight clothes (or your normal ballet class attire) and do leave 10mins before the appointment starts to fill in your dance history for us.
If you are not successful at fulfilling all the requirements on your initial visit, you will be given an individualised strength program to help you before your reassessment. Recommendations from your assessment (no matter if its successful or unsuccessful) will be fed back to your dance teacher (with your consent), or they are welcome to attend with you.