Turning Pointe offers a carefully constructed curriculum which introduces ballet steps and concepts at an age-appropriate pace. Our teachers are warm, caring Christians who lovingly instruct your child and provide excellent role models of Godly young women and men. Recreational Division students have an in-studio performance at Christmas time, and a formal recital in May.
Baby Ballet, Tiny Tots, Cherubs, Kinder Ballet:
Dancers will be introduced to the basic dance terminology of ballet. A balance of focus and fun, spatial awareness, flexibility, coordination, balance, expression, and hearing music are explored through the joy of movement while worshipping God.
Students will increase their understanding of ballet while developing coordination and rhythm through tap dance. Half of the class time will be focused on ballet, and the other half on tap!
Primary and Ballet 1-5:
Dancers will develop rhythm, coordination, flexibility, listening skills, balance, and musicality through activities such as: stretching, strengthening muscles by doing ballet barre exercises, and learning center floor progressions. They will also be encouraged in creative worship and improvisation, unleashing the grace and creativity that God has put in them. Ballet Level 4/5 students are required to come twice a week.
The Pre-Pointe class is a pre-requisite for pointe work and is designed for students ages 11 and up who have had at least 2-3 consecutive years of ballet training. Students will need to bring these items to class: yoga mat, beach/bath towel, foam roller, and tennis ball. Students will be assessed by our team of pointe teachers in May to determine if they are ready to move into Beginning Pointe.
This class will combine lyrical and contemporary dance styles to explore ways God created our bodies to move. A large emphasis is placed on personal prayer and exploration of God’s Word through improvisation time in class. We will focus on cultivating individual expression and innovation through creative worship while also learning to dance lyrically and using Scripture and words to worship songs as motivation for our movement.
Modern, based on the broad ideas of “opposite of ballet”, is focused on the use of space, time and energy. Classes are based off of Limon technique with infusions from other masters. Modern is its own unique technique, not to be confused with contemporary or jazz. While ballet is ethereal and other worldly, modern is grounded and current. While jazz is presentational, modern is about your own internal voice. If you are one to learn something new, this is the class! Come explore all ways we can dance using the air, the floor and each other!
Students are introduced to a jazz dance vocabulary including: stretches, isolations, turns, jumps, and combinations. Students will gain a better understanding of rhythms, all choreographed to wholesome music. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of jazz, muscle isolation, and movement to different beats. This class is a fun way for boys and girls to learn a different style of dance that is very popular with a different energy. Be ready to let loose and have fun!
In our hip hop classes, we will be teaching the students isolation, rhythm, control, intricacy, and fluidity in their movements. Students will learn to hear beats and move in ways that will benefit all forms of dance. Students will learn the various sub-styles that make up hip hop dance, including popping, waving, tutting, jerk, house, lyrical hip hop, break dance, freestyle, and many others. Through class, students will find their sense of movement, add their personal style, and even learn how to choreograph their own pieces.
This class is an introduction to the Broadway/Musical Theater genre. This class will provide students the opportunity to explore acting exercises, simple movement for musical theater and an introduction to singing. Students will learn songs and movement from current and classic musicals and must be comfortable with learning to sing, act and dance as we will be putting all of these together.
This class is designed to train dancers in Jazz Technique. We involve technique training in warm-up, flexibility focus, leaps and turns and end with choreography. Class will always begin with a devotional verse for dancers to explore throughout the physical training of class. A large emphasis is placed on personal prayer and exploration of God’s Word through improvisation time at the end of each class. This aids dancers in finding their own creative voice that God directs and places inside the artist’s heart.
Tap: From the old style of vaudeville and hoofers, to the modern-day hitters, tap spans the decades and the globe. We will explore historical dances and even put our own twist on the traditions. Technique and body alignment are the central focus of class while building on choreography. Music from every generation will help us to work on musicality, tone, shading, counterpoint and, of course, style!
Irish Step Dance is a fun and fast-paced dance style that emphasizes the rhythms of beautiful celtic music and has a unique technique all it’s own. Dancers will learn that technique through warm up exercises, across the floor work and traditional folk dances including the jig, reel and hornpipe, which all focus on very specific footwork. They will also participate in group dances called Ceilis, which develop teamwork skills and coordination. Students will also learn choreographed work that combines all the elements they learn within the class. Notes will be taken and used regularly during class.
Special Needs: Join us for an exciting class built entirely around the needs of its individual students. No previous training is necessary and all ages are welcome. We will explore rhythm and movement and it’s application to different styles of dance. There will be technical training as well as basic stage presence, flexibility through stretching and dance moves taught. We will combine music and dance to better express oneself as an art form that utilizes the individual’s needs, strengths, and skill set. Wear comfortable clothes. This class is free tuition!
This class will introduce the basics of the American Smooth style of ballroom dancing and will introduce the basics of the American Rhythm style of ballroom dancing.. Students will develop posture, coordination, balance and control through a series of steps designed to carry each couple effortlessly across the dance floor. Upon completion, each student will have the ability to recognize and match each style of dance to the appropriate style of music and perform the basics and beginning supplemental steps of waltz, foxtrot and tango. Upon completion, each student will have the ability to recognize and match each style of dance to the appropriate style of music and perform the basics and beginning supplemental steps of east coast swing, salsa, cha-cha and rhumba. Perfect to prepare for weddings, social dancing, or a unique workout. No partners necessary!
Leaps/Turns: is a specialized class designed for Int/Adv dancers who want to improve and broaden their skills in both leaping and turning. Not only is this a fun, fast paced class, but it also helps dancers become well rounded and marketable for the future!
Swing Dance: Swing dancing is a fun, social dance that involves easy to learn movement, exciting steps and great music. It dates all the way from the Jazz Age, the 1920s, and has continued to be a popular form of dancing. There are many different styles of swing dancing, each has it’s own tempo, steps and tricks. In this class, we will be learning the basics of East Coast, Lindy and Charleston styles. Come join us as we dance the summer away by learning this fun style of social dancing! Bring a partner, or show up solo.
Ballet For Moms: This class is for all you moms who took ballet when you were younger and have always wanted to get back into it or maybe you’ve always wanted to try ballet and never have! Do something fun for yourself and enjoy fellowship and learning with other moms! Dress code is workout attire…leotard and tights not required!
For students ages 10 and up who have had 3 or more consecutive years of dance. The Training Division is for dancers, ages 10 through adult, who are interested in studying Classical Ballet. Studying ballet takes repetition, drive, and commitment. At Turning Pointe we provide unique pre-professional Classical Ballet training for students in a Christian environment and encourage students to train their bodies and spirits for the glory of God. In this division, dancers are required to come to ballet technique 3 times and week and choose an elective (contemporary jazz, worship, modern, etc). Moving up to the next level is based on ability, not age. A placement class is required to audition for this program. For younger students who want to transition to the Training Division but aren’t quite ready to commit to three times a week, we also offer a Pre-Training class. This class is by teacher invitation only and students will take this class in addition to their regular ballet class (totaling 2 classes a week).