Definition of pointe in English:

pointe

noun

Ballet
  • 1The tips of the toes.

    • ‘As the nameless Senorita, Gitte Lindstrom deployed her pointes like a flamenco dancer's heels, hard against the floor, a contrast to the precise, skimming pointe work typical of Bournonville style.’
    • ‘Both pointes are level a couple or so inches off the floor, the hips are up, the shoulders are over the hips with the torso lifted and forward, and the weight is centered.’
    • ‘It was that Bengal tiger of a ballerina, Sofiane Sylve, stalking onstage on steely pointes, as if France itself had come to explicate this most elusive of texts.’
    • ‘Her pointes spark; her arms rise as if unveiling sculpture; and, when her leg swings out into a forthright arabesque, it's like a candid remark from the young, the bright, and the beautiful.’
    • ‘Since the women had on pointe shoes we were given the treat of silent pointes.’
    1. 1.1 Dance performed on the tips of the toes.
      • ‘The use of pointe work is not required, and the fusion styles of contemporary works may be incorporated, along with other theatrical devices, as the creative impulse dictates.’
      • ‘Despite the latter's novelty pointe work and the excellence of Braque's designs this ballet was not a success.’
      • ‘Unlike many schools with combined modern and ballet programs, Utah requires women to do pointe work at the audition.’
      • ‘He used pointe work sparingly, only when necessary to the plot; insisted on clean execution; resisted supported adagio.’
      • ‘The young women's pointe work, rarely called upon, is primitive.’
      • ‘Participants explored barre work, center practice, port de bras, pirouettes, adagio, allegro and pointe work.’
      • ‘Throughout, this central character becomes involved with false muses all the while brushing by the true muse of unattainable perfection - the only role with pointe work.’
      • ‘Starting pointe work at age 10, she evolved from a mouse into the Snow Queen in the annual Nutcracker performances.’
      • ‘The dancers before were not as prepared for pointe work as they are now.’
      • ‘Like much of Forsythe's choreography, Duo transformed pointe work from something ethereal into something earthy.’
      • ‘It was a hybrid of pointe work and pseudo-oriental port de bras woven into unison formations.’
      • ‘What Joffrey observers often admire most now is the beauty and fineness of the women's pointe work, so essential for dancing Balanchine.’
      • ‘As in Act I, both the feet and pointe work were consistently elegant.’
      • ‘One of the losses is that pointe work has become less interesting.’
      • ‘Though many in her class will begin pointe work next year, we have asked and the director agrees that our daughter should not.’
      • ‘At the School of American Ballet, which is one of the leading dance academies in the world, students begin limited pointe work in their fourth year of training.’
      • ‘Should you invest your extracurricular time in pointe work?’
      • ‘Technically, flaws remain - most noticeably a stiffness in the feet that compromises the men's jumps and the women's pointe work.’
      • ‘The ballet audition consists of a simple class without pointe work.’
      • ‘Only the steps of the Bouronville technique were taught - very little pointe work and little or no partnering or character dances - and academic study was often sacrificed to preparation for small parts in performances.’

Phrases

  • on (or en) pointe

    • On the tips of the toes.

      • ‘Qualified dance teachers also don't put young children (before the age of 11 or 12) on pointe, according to dance medicine specialists.’
      • ‘Children should not be encouraged to dance on pointe without adequate training and mastered strength techniques.’
      • ‘It was natural to me that girls would not dance on pointe.’
      • ‘At the time when the painter seems to have begun attending performances, the tradition of women dancing on pointe was only about two generations old and audiences were still enthralled by this seemingly magical feat.’
      • ‘Forced into a pointe class when she'd never danced on pointe, she says she had a professor who reputedly put burning cigarettes under his students' legs to get them higher during barre exercises.’
      • ‘When you danced on pointe, did you have good feet?’
      • ‘I still had my baby face, this very period look - red hair and freckles - and they needed a big ensemble of people who could ice skate and dance on pointe.’
      • ‘If she were a ballerina dancing on pointe, she'd add a whole foot to her height (pardon the pun).’
      • ‘But if I can show a company dancing fantastically on pointe and off, then we'll hook our audiences.’
      • ‘The piece - the only one danced on pointe - is both nonchalant and intense as the dancers observe, then execute firecracker spins and rigorous leaps, partner flips and hummingbird beats.’

Origin

French, literally ‘tip’.

Pronunciation

pointe

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