Ballet Classes


Pre-Pointe

Pre-Pointe offers ballet students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and 

strengthen the muscles necessary to go on pointe.  Pre-pointe classes stress correct

classical ballet technique.  Pre-pointe classes also allow instructors to assess 

readiness, offering an atmosphere for proper evaluation of important skills.  Most

students can expect to be in pre-pointe for at least one year before advancing to 

pointe shoes.  (Please note that advancement depends on the individual students

progress and development)

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Pointe

Dancing on 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-toes and stiff-shanked pointe shoes.  Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill and students must be physically ready because of the greater risk of injury.  For this reason, prior permission from the instructor is required before students begin taking pointe.  A pointe evaluation is done on each student which allows instructors and students the opportunity to see where the student needs work.  The evaluation focuses on legs (straightness and strength), feet (flexibility, strength, alignment and shape), ankles (strength and straightness) and overall body alignment.  Also, students must have an excellent understanding of dance vocabulary and terminology.


Middle School Ballet

Students will learn classical ballet technique and terminology.  Each class begins with barre exercises to build strength and coordination and followed by center floor work and across the floor combinations.  Exercises and combinations are focused on improving the dancer's range of motion, correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body and use of arms.  This class is for 7th and 8th grade students.  Younger dancers must be evaluated by the instructor before joining this class.


High School Ballet

Students will learn classical ballet technique and terminology.  Each class begins with barre exercises to build strength and coordination and followed by center floor work and across the floor combinations.  Exercises and combinations are focused on improving the dancer's range of motion, correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body and use of arms. 







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Children move naturally.  They move to achieve mobility, they move to express a thought or feeling, and they move because it is joyful and feels wonderful.  When their movement becomes consciously structured and is performed with awareness for it's own sake, it becomes DANCE.