Dancing on pointe, or en pointe, is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. Also known as pointe work, it is performed using hard–toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes. Dancing en pointe requires strength and skill and is a central part of a female ballet dancer's training and repertoire.
Pointe work is delicate, and all pointe dancers should be aware of the injuries that can occur. Pointe dancers work diligently to protect their feet from calluses, corns, bruising, etc.