Pointe is a form of ballet presented on the tips of the toes, made possible by specialized pointe shoes. Ballet en pointe focuses on grace, strength and technique. Dancers must have good ballet training and present sufficient body awareness and control in their core, legs, ankles and feet before beginning pointe work. Usually students will be at least 10-12 years of age before going en pointe. This is because bones and growth plates in the feet are often not yet fully developed prior to this age and can be injured by pointe work, despite the strength and skill that the student may have. Pointe at Allegro must also be coupled with a technical ballet class in soft shoes.