If you studied ballet as a young child do you remember being taught the positions of the feet? Do you recall begin told to put the heels together and turn the toes out? Many of us remember this and today many children will still be learning this way. We can help children to understand more about where movement begins right from the start by creating an awareness of where movement begins and what to focus on. So when teaching say, first position, we can focus on rotating the legs outwards in the hip joints (turning out) rather than focusing on the feet.
Young dancers often want to know when they can start pointe work. And an answer of around 12 years of age is usually given. But really it is not the age of the dancer that we need to pay attention to but the kind of dance student that is asking.