age 10+, 30 minutes
Dancers learn the beginning pointe patterns and work on strengthening their feet. In January, dancers who are 11 or older will be evaluated to see if they are ready for pointe shoes. When dancers are ready for pointe shoes, the class goes as a group (dancers and parents) for a pointe shoe fitting to buy the first pair. This is followed by a pointe workshop, where dancers learn how to prep their shoes for dancing (sewing on ribbons and elastic, putting on moleskin, etc).
The majority of dancing in this class is done at the barre to provide a safety net for the new pointe dancers, with dancers being introduced to center patterns on an individual basis as ready.
This class does not perform in the spring recital.
age 11+, 30 minutes
This class is for dancers who have completed one year in Pre-Pointe and attended the pointe shoe fitting and workshop.
Dancers continue to practice the patterns and exercises learned in Pre Pointe, as well as adding in two-footed center work and some one-footed barre work.
Performance in the Spring Recital for this class is based on each individual dancer's progress and ability level at the end of December.
age 13+, 45 minutes
Dancers will continue building up their strength and technique in pointe shoes, including one-footed pointe work. This class is tailored to the dancers who are enrolled, and there are often different patterns available for each step to allow all of the dancers to work at their own level. When possible, this class also begins to learn supported partnering work (i.e. promenades, releves and pirouettes).
All dancers in this class perform in the annual Spring Recital.
age 14+, 45 - 60 minutes
Dancers continue to build on previously learned skills while adding increasingly harder steps to their pointe vocabulary. This class has a large focus on one-footed pointe work, balancing and turns. When possible, this class also includes partnering work.
All dancers in Advanced Pointe participate in the annual Spring Recital.
age 16+, 60 minutes
Students at this level take one of the Ballet 3 or Ballet 4 technique classes as a pointe class.
Since professional ballet dancers wear pointe shoes for the majority of their choreography, it is important for dancers to learn how to properly use their feet for steps that do not go up on pointe as well as for typical pointe work. Taking a technique class in pointe shoes gives the dancer the opportunity to develop those off pointe skills while still keeping up on their general pointe work. The class taken as Advanced Pointe should be one level below their normal technique class level.
Professional Pointe dancers wishing to participate in the spring recital may transfer into or add on Advanced Pointe anytime between September and January, or choose to set up private lessons for a pointe solo or duet.