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Definition of pointe

: a ballet position in which the body is balanced on the extreme tip of the toe

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On Tuesday, the Live with Kelly and Ryan host shared a very impressive photo of herself wearing some satin pointe shoes and balancing on her tiptoes. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Ripa Shows Off Her Impressive Ballet Skills Balancing on Her Toes in Pointe Shoes," 14 Aug. 2019 Arts center goes to the dogs: What do ballerinas in pointe shoes and puppies in training have in common? Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Shakespeare play comes to life along with ‘Young Frankenstein’ on the stage: Valley Views," 12 July 2019 Set to the jazzy, swing music of Duke Ellington, this was a piece that required the use of pointe and tap shoes. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "It Was Ladies’ Night at the American Ballet Theatre Fall Gala," 18 Oct. 2018 Delgado took up a needle and thread and a pair of pink silk pointe shoes and started deftly sewing an elastic band. Sasha Weiss, New York Times, "Justin Peck Is Making Ballet That Speaks to Our Everyday Lives," 10 May 2018 Also, unusual for BalletX, the women danced en pointe in all three pieces. Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "BalletX heats up the summer with 3 premieres and live music," 12 July 2018 The Milanese company, founded in 1919, continues to manufacture pointe shoes and ballet slippers, along with its handmade street shoes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Most Chic and Comfortable Shoes to Wear to Work This Summer," 28 June 2018 Columbine’s choreography frequently has her maintaining herself, for extended moments, on one pointe of balance as her free leg moves in the air like an alert compass needle. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Harlequinade’ Review: Humor and History Take Center Stage," 6 June 2018 The Rose Adagio from act one, in which Aurora balances in attitude on pointe as she’s supported by each of her four suitors in turn, was zipping by until the climax, when Luke put on the brakes. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Ballet reawakens ‘Sleeping Beauty’," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of pointe

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pointe

French pointe (du pied), literally, tiptoe

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English Language Learners Definition of pointe

: a ballet position in which the dancer stands on the ends of the toes

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