The proper age to start pointe work is controversial. Many experts believe that a ballet dancer can begin dancing on pointe if she is at least 9 or 10 years old. Some teachers don’t attach a number at all, they simply rely on ability. However, because growth of the foot is about complete at age 11 or 12, many agree that pointe work could be introduced at this time. Never try dancing on pointe shoes if an instructor tells you to wait, as it’s easy to become injured.
Here at the Volusia Academy of Ballet we require three years of preparatory study and it is not advisable until a student is at least 12 years old and has both good body placement and control. A minimum of two ballet classes a week are required for pointe class and good attendance.