It depends on what type of ballet you do, weather it is RAD ballet like I do, or other ones like ISTD ballet, I think in most types of ballet it is grade 5, however I am in grade 6 RAD but I'm not on point, so really it depends on the place you go to.
You should never go en pointe before you are twelve years of ageist can wreck your feat pretty bad because you are still growing when u was twelve I was grade five so that's probably the grade you are looking at. But everyone's feet are different so your teacher may decide you should go en pointe later to give your feet and ankles time to properly strengthen... I hope this helped :-)
Doctorsn say to wait until you are. 12, before going on pointe. I require my students to take a year of PrePointe at 10, & allow them to get sons at 11 because I limit their time on pointe to only a few exercises at the barre. The 11 year olds rarely perform in pointe shoes. Sometimes the 12 yr. olds are not allowed to perform on pointe. I agree with Mary, the older you are, before 16, the stronger you are. I start my students when I do, so that they understand the exercises before they have to deal with wearing the shoes.
Also when on pointe never take off your dead skin/ calasis when you go get your toe nails painted make sure you let who evers does your feet not to rub the dead skin off! This is VERY IMPORTANT! It is important because your calasis help protect your feet when you have your pointe shoes on your feet. Its kind of like wearing socks on your feet when your wearing tennis shoes. Hope this helps also! :D
You should probably be on pointe by 10 years old don't look at the grade, but your age is what really matters. Before going on pointe go through pre-pointe for a year thats what I did and really helps because it gets your feet ready to be on pointe. Also make sure you do feet stretches with your thera band those really help I have 3 myself. Also you should probably talk to your ballet teacher when you should go on pre pointe. I have been taking ballet for 10 years now and this is my 3rd year on pointe. Hope this helps! :)
You must go be en pointe before you turn 16 . If you are older then 16 & never have done pointe it will not work . So anytime in middle school or highschool before your 16 & your toes are fully grown enough . Talk to your doctor about your toes being strong enough .