I have been seeing a lot of girls attempting pointe work through various social media networks who clearly do NOT have any ballet training. Dancers work very hard for years strengthening their feet and body in preparation for pointe. It is extremely dangerous to just go buy a pair of pointe shoes and think you can train yourself. Dancers can end up injuring themselves very badly or even permanently! The first major giveaway that someone is trying to selt teach, it the ribbons on their shoes. Not only do some look like they were purchased at a craft store, but they are not tied properly!
Ribbons and drawstrings should be neatly tucked away. No bows should be hanging out. I know this is what non dancers think ballet dancers do, but it is wrong, and the first sign that someone is self teaching. If you have taken lessons and your teacher allows this, you may want to re think attending there! Proper ribnons and drawstrings look like this:
The second cue that someone has not taken lessons, is they are not over on the platform of the box of the shoe. While I understand that not everyone has a foot like Polina Seminova, if you are not “on” your box you are setting yourself up for a fall. Here’s an example:
This is not proper alignment en pointe and is very dangerous.
I’ve seen many posted pictures and videos of shoes like this. I’m not trying to say girls should give up their dreams of pointe at any age! If you want to dance on pointe, please take lessons with a quallified teacher, and learn safely!