Pointe work is essential in preparing a young dancer for advanced ballet training. Only Academy Artistic Directors and Faculty can determine when a student is ready to begin this aspect of classical training. Strong feet, ankles, legs, and body control are the keys to physical readiness. Comprehension of classical ballet technique is an essential component for recommendation for pointe work. It is mandatory that students of any age take two ballet technique classes per week plus Progressive Ballet Technique if they would like to take classes on pointe.