Our undergraduate academy is structured to help each dancer build a strong foundation for years to come. It is designed to introduce children to the fundamentals of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop technique. Students will improve their coordination, musicality, & memorization of choreography. This class is perfect for those dancers who want to dance for fun or have a jump start to prepare them for the Graduate Dance Team Program.
Pre-Pointe is a technique class only (no recital dance) and must be taken in conjunction with the dancer’s appropriate ballet class
The Pointe technique is one of the most iconic elements of ballet. The inspiration for pointe technique is the wish that ballet dancer appears weightless, light-footed and graceful while jumping and looks lightweight like defying gravity.
Students must be at least ten years old
Have a minimum of three years of ballet training
Recommended by their ballet teacher to be enrolled in the class.
Teachers evaluate readiness for Pre-Pointe based on technique, strength, and consistency in class attendance.
We evaluate students three times over the year- once in the fall to see where they are, once after the holidays to measure progress, and once at the end of the year to determine readiness to move on to the Pointe 1 class. Many students are able to safely and successfully progress to pointe work after one year of pre-pointe, but it is also common to need two or even three years of pre-pointe to develop the necessary strength and stability.