(dĕm′ē-point′, də-mē-pwăNt′)
A position in ballet in which the dancer is on the balls of the feet. Also called half-point.

[French : demi-, demi- (from demi, half, from Old French; see demi-) + pointe, pointe; see pointe.]
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William Hamilton, a New York City-based orthopedic surgeon specializing in dance medicine, "depending on its size, an os trigonum can limit your releve on demi-pointe." If it becomes painful, try physical therapy or taping.
For me, it was an achievement when I managed to stay on demi-pointe in retiree (translation: balanced on one bent toe with the other leg bent and its pointed toe resting above the knee of the standing leg).
The original cast wore soft slippers but worked on a high demi-pointe, with ribbons tied around their ankles in the style of pointe shoes.
`I have dancer's feet - I have a high instep, and I'm comfortable on demi-pointe, which means I can do anything in heels.
She began wearing pointe K shoes for every class--even when her rehearsal day does It not call for them--focusing on how she can work her H demi-pointe and transitions.
(2-4) Different positions of the lower extremities during narrow-base movements (e.g., demi-pointe and en pointe), which constitute the primary motor tasks performed in classical ballet and are precursors of more complex movements such as pirouette, challenge postural control.
Cinderella, having lost one of her pointe shoes at the ball, wears the other one around the house, and dances a tender, meditative solo, one foot on pointe, the other on demi-pointe, cherishing her memories of the night before.
(1) Holding the barre with both hands, she rises to demi-pointe with both feet in parallel.
Prior studies have suggested that the soleus works along with the muscles of the deep lower leg compartment to control the demi-pointe position in ballet dancers.
Bunion-removal surgery isn't a good idea for any professional-level dancer who performs on demi-pointe, even in high heels.
However, the unique placement of a female dancer's foot on demi-pointe and pointe while executing jumps and pointe work may be considered a risk factor.
Choreographer Al Blackstone insists he'd rather see two clean pirouettes on a straight leg and strong demi-pointe than five messy spins.