Bob Rizzo’s To the Pointe
I'm not sure why this DVD is called "Bob Rizzo's" To the Pointe, because he doesn't feature in it at all! Instead, the whole DVD is presented by Michelle Benash.
There's nothing wrong with that - Michelle teaches at the High School for the Performing Arts in New York, and knows her stuff. However, I have to say that I cannot recommend this DVD to most students, and definitely not for anyone new to pointe work.
Why? Because it's nothing more than a straight run-through of pointe exercises from simple barre exercises to advanced center work, with no advice or guidance whatsoever. That's potentially dangerous on many levels.
First of all, even the best dance student may copy a step imperfectly if there's no explanation of the points to watch. In this case, I can imagine some beginner students trying to imitate the demonstrator's perfect turnout, and injuring their knees as a result. Also, although it's split into three levels, a beginner shouldn't do all the first level exercises to start with, nor should the elementary student jump to the later second level steps, and so on. I suspect many students will be tempted to try the more interesting exercises even though they may not be ready for them.
I'm not a big fan of students doing pointework at home anyway - but if you must, don't do it to this DVD. True, there are a lot of pointe exercises on this DVD - but unless you're already an Advanced student, you probably shouldn't be doing most of them! This DVD would be useful for teachers looking for a handy reference tool, but not for students.
If you want to exercise at home - and good for you if you do - then do preparatory exercises to strengthen your feet for pointe, instead of actual pointework. That will produce better results.