As dancers we tend to spend a lot of time on demi pointe. Ballet, jazz, contemporary, and even tap dancers can benefit from strengthening and improving their releve (hip hop dancers, you can have a pass here-but do the exercises anyway, strength is good). Dancers who are working towards getting pointe shoes should pay special attention to developing a very solid releve to demi pointe. Even parents and siblings who would like to strengthen their calves and ankles are welcome to play.
The only tool required today is a step (any step will do, even a curb, but it’s best if you have a wall or banister to hold for balance). Start with your toes on the edge of a step and your heel hanging down below the level of your toes. (more…)