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Ballet Anatomy: Feet

November 7, 2019


Our feet are probably the hardest-working part of us as a dancer. They have to, not only support us, but they also have to be articulate and they have to be expressive. Some people think it’s all about line, really, really mobile feet look really great but often they’re really difficult to maintain. Ballet dancers will like to have that beautiful curve of the arch and the in-step and if you don’t have that it can, kind of, be a mental game of finding angles and lines that look like you have that even though you don’t. It’s like yin and yang. You have an incredibly arched foot which is aesthetically pleasing for ballet, you really need to make sure you have strength and the control. Jumping, for me, is the most taxing. That constant loading through the foot. Although they’re quite strong, they do require a lot of work. I like to start off with the intrinsic muscles, they’re basically key for landing and takeoff. And whenever you’re pointing your foot, you’re using your intrinsics. If you haven’t identified the key weaknesses throughout your foot, it’s quite detrimental to your whole body, really. When you’re working on strengthening these muscles, it can feel like you’re doing very little. But the concentration that is going into isolating one muscle, and tell all the others to relax, it’s like a tongue twister for your body. I’d say I’d spend, at least, an hour or two a week just focusing on feet. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but imagine just an hour of staring and looking at your feet. Yeah, it takes time.

100 Comments

  • Reply Ellie Yall November 14, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Ouch

  • Reply Purple Beary November 15, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Ballet is so AMAZING, what I do is just get on my shoes and get on my toes EVERYY SINGLE DAY I DO IT

  • Reply new news November 16, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    This makes me feel gross like why am I doing this

  • Reply Rodelio Olino November 20, 2018 at 8:10 am

    I can't do it I'm trying to do it but I can't

  • Reply Proteus Fitness December 14, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Love it

  • Reply asmr-preview December 16, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    when you do ballet it is not that you need to be standing exacty on youre toes cuse the ballet shoe th underneath is strong and the point is strong and flat so that explaines alot

  • Reply Tatiana Ten Jua December 23, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    This feet look like a dead person autopsy lol

  • Reply Andrea Noble December 26, 2018 at 1:20 am

    My feet are graceful

    My body is a stick

  • Reply 1224 December 29, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Cristiano ronaldo's secret for step overs is here, ask me and I will tell you, but his secret is in this video, good luck!

    0:15

  • Reply aida bach January 3, 2019 at 2:59 am

    0:14 expressive

  • Reply aida bach January 3, 2019 at 3:00 am

    1:15

  • Reply aida bach January 3, 2019 at 3:01 am

    1:43 tongue twister

  • Reply C A January 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    people with a foot fetish would've fainted within 5 seconds of this video

  • Reply MrQbenDanny January 4, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Valerie,

    Your second toe is significantly longer than your big toe, is that a balancing issue?Just curious.

  • Reply Eddy Butternoodles January 9, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Smug

  • Reply K K January 13, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Not only is ballet beautiful, it’s for the strong and determined.

  • Reply Ashlee McIntosh February 3, 2019 at 1:16 am

    It looks like the dancer in the vid has morten's toe (where your 2nd toe is longer than your big toe). Does anybody have any tips for point work for ppl with this type of foot?

  • Reply Lara Lollipops February 17, 2019 at 5:28 am

    My ballet feet are so gross

  • Reply Omedchazak613 February 17, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Ugh… My feet hurt just thinking about this

  • Reply Valerie Ramirez February 23, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    So do they stand on their toes?? Or what

  • Reply Elizabeth G March 4, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Person: Do you do a sport?
    Me: Yes.
    Person: Okay what sport?
    Me: Ballet!
    Person: ….. *weird face*

  • Reply paula trejo March 14, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    0:50 how DO U DO THAT

  • Reply Virginia B. Britton March 20, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    They are pretty in shoes.

  • Reply Tea :D March 27, 2019 at 2:07 am

    When I was 4,5 years old I was in ballet, but due to multiple reason my mom had to take me. While I was there I always found it so boring. Now that I'm 13 I'm interested in doing ballet again it just seems so interesting now


    I'm not sure why I wrote this whole paragraph just some info I guess fkfbrifn

  • Reply Ruan de Castro Ribeiro March 28, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I NEVER realized you needed só much strength to get on your toes like that!

  • Reply uh oh March 29, 2019 at 2:12 am

    0:29 what my bed sees at 3am

  • Reply Kristella Jackson March 30, 2019 at 2:33 am

    0:53 those calves look painfully defined

  • Reply J Torres March 30, 2019 at 6:03 am

    They need some sun

  • Reply Sara doll March 30, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    0:37, Rose Titanic.

  • Reply Alyssa Edwards April 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I'm 13 and started when I was 10 and my teacher says I'm getting closer and closer to pointe.

  • Reply Bones Solo April 3, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    I loved it. Very beautifully said and demonstrated. Thank u guys. I love dance. I love ballet and I love music. Watching or listening to either without the other is like eating hot soup with no spoon.

  • Reply Ron White April 3, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Ballet dancers are the ultimate athletes. They do the extraordinary and make it look effortless. Thank you all for your dedication and sharing your skills with us.

  • Reply CW April 5, 2019 at 2:35 am

    My ingrown-nailed toes hurt from watching this

  • Reply Brad Davies April 6, 2019 at 12:38 am

    With all sincerity does the Morton toe hurt your foot and does it negatively affect your ability to pointe? Thank you.

  • Reply Alexandra Hernandez Montano April 8, 2019 at 2:51 am

    I love ballet,it's my Life, it's something i can not take away, It's a very strong Sport but It's worth It💕💕

  • Reply Are El April 10, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Women have higher arches than men I’ve noticed

  • Reply clod8 April 13, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Sincere question: Why is toe dancing so mandatory for women? Seems like that is all they do in performances yet there was no toe dancing until the mid 19th Century. When I’ve seen women dance the classical moves in regular ballet shoes, it seems so much more expressive and interesting, especially since you never see it on stage; on stage there is just a whole lot of tiptoeing, which actually limits what a person can do.

  • Reply alexis munoz April 16, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    I go on tip i toes whith flats

  • Reply _*N i k i*_ April 27, 2019 at 6:50 am

    I tried this but i just cracked my lil ( feet toe) fingers

  • Reply jonas15 Jonas May 1, 2019 at 10:36 am

    All this torture for what? Is better to make another work🤣🤣

  • Reply Perry Robles May 2, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I’m sooo glad I’m not that kind of artist…

    My feet are very thankful for it…

  • Reply Perry Robles May 2, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I’m in pain just watching…

  • Reply Odea Nox May 13, 2019 at 5:28 am

    “Yeah, it takes time”.
    The greatest lesson I’ve learned as an adult ballet beginner starting pointe shoes at 27 (now I’m 31). Learning how to dance on pointe shoes, yeah, it takes so much time. I don’t have “ballerina feet” : they’re quite flat, with a very strong ankle, which is great for jumps for example but really really difficult for being on pointe because I don’t have any flexibility. My leg muscles are the same, it is very hard for me to have long leg with lines, it takes me like 3 years to bend my knee correctly, and the work is not finished 😅 So I work and work and work and am very jealous about people who have “ballerina feet”, being on pointe without doing anything but just standing on 😅 But even if it takes time I love that, I see my own progression in every class and am very proud of that.
    So if you want to do pointe shoes even with feet which are not made for this like mine, do if you want ! Even with all this work, the feeling is… wonderful. ☺️

  • Reply Bruna André May 16, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Foot fetishists going craaaaazy haha

  • Reply Онлайн-школа балета May 24, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Excellent video. Thanks!

  • Reply Deborah Statton May 28, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    I had no IDEA THAT WAS A MANS FEET LOL.

  • Reply Julia Pfützner May 31, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Ich verstehe kein Englisch! 👎🙅

  • Reply Karen Seeley June 6, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Wow. Shout out to all ballet dancers.

  • Reply droidcrasher June 8, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I would KISS every inch of her feet!
    Grrr! She could do her toe stretches on my nose !!! lol

  • Reply Divyansha Singh June 16, 2019 at 8:43 am

    It takes blood not time 😂😂😂😂

  • Reply Applehead Defender June 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Dont think were made for this

  • Reply nurul shaqilla Rosasman June 23, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Tht look painful 😭 but i do love ballet

  • Reply Wisdom Doge uwu July 12, 2019 at 5:29 am

    If i bend my feet like that i get cramps lol

  • Reply Anaya Bruno July 19, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Who else is obsessed with ballet? 💗

  • Reply shut the fxck up July 22, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    how does a ballerina stand en pointe if the second toe is longer than the first?

  • Reply Abraham Duran July 22, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Hay am i watching feet?..

  • Reply Everythingtween July 25, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I found out that I have an interest in the shoes and feet of ballerinas. I personally would like to say I appreciate your beautiful art form.

  • Reply sugarlemon xo July 25, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    How tf did I get here

  • Reply Fedora_the_explorer Was here July 27, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Now this, is for people who have feet fetishes

  • Reply κων/νοσ φωτ July 27, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Τhe lady has greek feet

  • Reply Ava Smart July 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Hey, so we need super pale ballerinas, let’s head to Britain guys 😂😂

  • Reply mindsoulmusic July 30, 2019 at 8:06 am

    0:52 the freaking turnout dear god

  • Reply Eva Castano August 1, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Today I went to take a basic ballet class I didn’t have the leotard or the leggings for practice so I just wore lululemon pants and a shirt. I got there and they all were wearing there Leo’s and tights and I felt so intimidated (Idek why) so I just left. I think it’s bc they were all so much older then me. But I’m going to another class tomorrow but one with people of my age 😂.

  • Reply alyssa August 5, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    the guy sounds like troye sivan.. what-
    👁👄👁

  • Reply Kelsea Nova August 5, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I love that they interviewed a male dancer

  • Reply Myrlie August 6, 2019 at 3:02 am

    I'm in pain just watching, OMG!

  • Reply Kristy Taylor August 6, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Can I see a dancer of colour too?

  • Reply K. Day August 6, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    When they are over 50, they’ll regret every moment of it!

  • Reply Leonora Santiago August 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    For me losing your pointe shoes while you have a performance in the next hour is more painful than wearing a pointe shoe, but sometimes i feel the same when i take off my pointe shoe and i see my foot i will feel the pain. Thumbs when you don't fell the pain while dancing on pointe shoes and then when your done dancing and take of your shoe you will feel the pain.#thatsme

  • Reply Jessamy Moore August 6, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    0:28 HER RIBBONS LOOK SO LOOSE OFGFOEJDPQK

  • Reply Evolving At Light Speed August 7, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Wow, ty, more, please! This was one of the best!🌹🏆🌹

  • Reply TheMysteriousLady August 7, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I mean, don't get me wrong but I never.. EVER enjoy seeing ballet. Yes, it is beautiful and elegant but everytime I watch it.. I can just feel the pain slightly enough for me to see their suffering (at least a number of them, some of them actually enjoy ballet so good for them)

  • Reply Peggy! August 8, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I have danced on pointe many times because of school recitals, and I cannot tell you how jacked up my feet were.

  • Reply THE ATD August 15, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Please forgive me if I'm wrong, but why do people do this horrifically painful dance?
    I mean there are lots of other types of dances but still, this is the most important among all?

  • Reply Jomuel Belarmino August 17, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Woah

  • Reply Min Suga Rap Chonje Jjang Jjang Man Bong Bong August 18, 2019 at 3:50 am

    How do people with longer 2nd toes get on pointe?

  • Reply NoneIsAllMinusSome August 19, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I can feel my feet getting ready to have muscle pulls just by watching these exercises.

  • Reply liaりや August 20, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    1:58

    me with foot fetish: yes

  • Reply Love4Life1 August 21, 2019 at 2:51 am

    For pointe work, I was blessed with Flintstone feet, rather square. My first three toes are exactly the same length and the fourth, not that much shorter. I’m so grateful I didn’t get my mother’s feet, lol!

  • Reply Bea Becker August 24, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Schäfli Creme von Schutzengelein ist für Tänzer unentbehrlich für die Füße. Ich hab Freunde. Die sind Tänzer. Die schwören da drauf und ich hab die auch.

  • Reply DarthAsthe August 29, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    i learned ballet, my foot's mentel nerve just tore yesterday. i had to perform a surgery. my ballet teacher told me im wrong, then i came up on youtube and find this! ballet is hard!!!

  • Reply Lizzie Beth September 5, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Not sure why all the fuss about arched feet being better……."She had a challenging early experience since her body did not fit the era’s ideal for classical ballet. She had thin ankles, arched feet, and long limbs, unlike the small compact body preferred in those days"……this was said about ballerina Anna Pavlovna.

  • Reply Kecriircek September 7, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Guitar isn’t much different as your body creates calluses.

  • Reply LLM September 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you for all you Dancers who have kindly and graciously answered the questions that us non-dancers have asked. Your work is appreciated.

  • Reply khalid R September 14, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Just imagining foot cramps is painful.

  • Reply Julie September 18, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    The video didn’t even talk about the anatomy

  • Reply м α я íα October 5, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Nadie
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    Yo:
    MMMmmMM… PatAs

  • Reply It DontmatterPth October 14, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Um, this told me nothing about feet anatomy in regards to ballet or how to do any of the things they were doing in the video. My feet hurt I need some strengthening and stretching things to do.

  • Reply Ivaa __ October 19, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Pain: exists
    Ballerinas: haha I do that

  • Reply elssy Velasquez October 25, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Wow 😮 thats good😀

  • Reply Diamante negro October 26, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Que voz mas asquerosa tiene la chica

  • Reply Abigail Purple October 26, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Just imagine when we do point dance that little ribbon around our ankle is keeping the whole shoe together and tight…image if that came undone…hummm

  • Reply Xanesthia Killi October 28, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Ooooh I got tendonitis just from watching the heel not coming all the way back down

  • Reply sangresita sugoisita c': October 28, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Porque puedo oler los pies desde el otro lado de la pantalla? Xd

  • Reply Prof. Vanessa Utrilla Psicología October 29, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Tarantino likes this video 👍

  • Reply Ekrem Emin October 29, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    I wish to do Ballet but idk how

  • Reply Caroline Ramírez October 29, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Pensé que iban a pasar la anatomía propiamente dicho de cómo el pie se va transformando en unos pies fuertes de bailarines de ballet.

  • Reply Kat F October 30, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Did someone just jump without putting their heels down

  • Reply Dominique s October 30, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    It stinks

  • Reply af November 1, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    왜 보는 내가 다 아픈 느낌이지…

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