Observations on teaching pointework using the Italian school technique and the Notion of ‘Descending onto Pointe’

During the latter half of the 19th century, Italian ballet shoemakers developed a new kind of slipper, with reinforced blocked toes, which would allow the ballerinas of the Italian school to show off new and daring jumps, balances and spins on the tips of their toes. The era of virtuosic technique in classical ballet had…