I had a conversation with one of the other students in my class Tuesday night. She was wearing pointe shoes and was getting advice from someone with more experience on the best way to tie her ribbons. I asked her how long she'd been on pointe and she answered that she'd just started.
I'd once asked the former director of this school whether they'd considered offering adult pointe classes. She'd rolled her eyes and answered sharply, "Not as long as I have any say in things here!" (This is pretty much the same answer I'd gotten when I asked if they'd considered offering adult partnering classes, but that's a different subject.)
I asked my fellow student where she was taking pointe classes. She indicated that she wasn't because she couldn't find any place that offered it. I'd heard that one of the schools in Bethesda offered it, but she replied that they'd dropped the class for fear of liability if someone got hurt.
So here we have a situation where adults want to get proper training in a technique where proper training is essential to avoiding injuries, but can't get the proper training because of a fear of injuries. Yeah, that's just great.
Because I've taken ballet classes in a lot of different places I'm on a number of schools' mailing lists. Most such emails aren't interesting unless I'm traveling, but one that arrived yesterday caught my eye: the announcement of a new adult pointe class! Such timing! For a moment I envisioned telling my fellow student about a class she could take, but then I realized that getting to this class might be a bit inconvenient, as it's in San Jose, California.
But at least some school somewhere in the country has the right idea.
(If you're in the San Jose area and are interested in this class, it's Mondays from 8:30 to 9pm at the New Ballet School Downtown San Jose starting June 5th. Please let me know if this helps anyone.)