Pointe technique is an extension of classical ballet technique, performed while wearing structurally reinforced pointe shoes, enabling the dancer to support all body weight on fully stretched feet. In order to dance on pointe, a dancer must have had time to achieve the proper form, strength, and alignment needed to make a successful transition into pointe work. A dancer should never work in pointe shoes until their teacher has told them they are ready to do so; pre-pointe class is taken in ballet slippers until the dancer has developed the strength and muscles necessary to go en pointe. Pointe class follows the regular ballet class ensuring that the entire body, especially the feet and ankles, are properly warmed up. To maintain proper technique and flexibility we require pointe dancers to take at least 3 ballet classes per week.
In addition to ballet technique classes this pre-pointe class will develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. Pre-pointe classes stress correct alignment and proper ballet technique. During the year the teacher will determine when each student in ready to go en pointe.
This 1.5hr ballet class is appropriate for serious advanced dancers enrolled in at least 3 ballet technique classes a week. The entire class will be taken en pointe. This level requires placement into the class.
Variations & Partnering
In this 1hr class students will learn several variations from the classical repertoire. The partnering portion of the class will work various partnering skills. Male Students will learn how to gracefully and confidently lift, catch and carry their female partner. Female students will learn how to work the muscles necessary to be a graceful partner. *Students must be enrolled in the Ballet IV/Pointe class in order to take the Variations & Partnering class. This level requires placement into the class.
Ballet/Pointe, Fairytale, Creative and Pre-k Ballet
Leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers. Hair drawn back and neatly secured. Elastic waist skirts only. Ballet/Pointe: Any colored leotard, pink footed tights, full sole leather or canvas ballet shoes (skirts are permitted). Hair up and secured in a bun (no ponytails). No excess jewelry, shorts or streetwear.
Pointe shoes are to be fitted and approved by Ms Winnie, Mr Aaron, Ms. Debra