CLASS INFORMATION

Turning Pointe Academy of Dance offers classes year round and students my enroll at anytime. Turning Pointe also offers a free “try us out” lesson, as well as tuition discounts for families with two or more dancers.

Ballet 
(Ages 6 - 18 year olds)

Ballet is most widely identified noted for breathtaking techniques, signature pointe work, grand pas de deux and high leg extension. There are 5 basic positions of the feet and arms which form the basis of ballet movement. Training is focused on repetition of simple movement at the barre as well as basic jumps. Body alignment, position of the head, proper turnout and pushing throughout the floor are all used to develop and enhance proper ballet technique. Building on these fundamental techniques, the dancer develops a path for all subsequent advanced dance movements not limited to ballet.

The fluidity of motion learned in developing years has direct application in modern dance, jazz and tap as well. As the student progresses, more strength and integral steps are incorporated into the education of the developing dancer. The ultimate goal is to capture poetry in motion known as ballet dancing.

 

Pointe
After proper training and physical development are satisfactory, the more advanced female students will study pointe.
 

Hip Hop
(Ages 6- 18 year olds)

Hip-Hop dance encompasses many of the classical dance styles, but is presented in a street or non-traditional format.  The student is introduced to rhythm, musicality, control, dynamics, posture, and performance. Though hip-hop is usually high energy, some classes are now taught to use more isolation techniques.

Contemporary/Modern
Intro (Ages 6-18 year olds)

Contemporary form of dance that educates the student in terms of moving through space dynamically. Modern dance requires a ballet foundation.

Tap
(Ages 6- 18 year olds)

Tap is an exciting dance form that makes you the musician along with the dancer. It explores the use of smaller muscles of the feet and body, along with the larger ones. Significance is placed on the articulation of tap sounds while working to perform them “close to the floor” and on the “balls of their feet” along with “style and presentation”. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental rhythms, body alignment, level, accenting, shading and weight changes of tap dancing.

The students will begin their development of the tap vocabulary. Every class includes warm ups, technique, across the floor work and a dance combination.
 

Tumbling
(Ages 3-18 year olds)

Learn the basics or work on advancing your skills in this flexible tumbling class. Our experienced tumbling instructor will guide the class towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental tumbling technique, teaching such skills as cartwheels, handstands, backbends, walkovers, handsprings, tucks and aerials, all on each student’s individual level of experience.

Combo Class
(Ages 3-5 year olds)

The goal of this class is to provide a framework of choreography in which each dancer will be able to add their own personal style and attitude.

The “combo” class is a combination class for the young dancer which includes ballet and jazz.   The dancer will learn the basics of each technique as well as developing coordination and gross motor skills (hopping, leaping, skipping, etc.)

The instructors use a class syllabus, along with positive feedback, to guide and encourage the young dancer. In the combo class the dancers will learn the importance of taking turns and working together. The dancers are required to wear a leotard and tights with their hair tied back.  Ballet and jazz  shoes are a MUST for this hour long class!
 
 

Jazz
(Ages 6 - 18 year olds)

This style of dance has been featured on the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” It has numerous styles that range from, lyrical, contemporary, urban funk to musical theater. It is a versatile, contemporary and exciting dance form which taps into your most energetic moods.

The warm-up will work on stretching, aligning, strengthening and conditioning your body. Included in the warm –up are exercises for the development of basic dance technique. It also introduces specific jazz movements that will later be incorporated into dance combinations. At the conclusion of the warm-up, the students perform movements across the floor that stress the technical approach to dance steps. The culmination of the lesson is the learning and performing of a dance combination. This is a combination of movements using all the elements of dance and testing the dancer’s technique, coordination and memory.
 

Tiny Tots
(Ages 1-2 year olds) 

Tiny Tots is designed for the very young dancer, starting at walking age. Parent participation is required for this fun-filled hour of dance!

Using many different exciting dance activities and creative props, the young dancer will begin to develop balance, coordination, and simple dance technique. Fine and gross motor skills will soon develop in this energetic hour! The class will also teach the value of taking turns and working together.

Leaps & Turns
(Ages 8- 18 year olds)

This class is designed specifically for the serious dancer who wishes to perfect and refine their skills of turning, jumping and leaping. These classes are taught with an emphasis on technique and correct body placement. They are taught in a progressive manner beginning with basics and advancing to high level skills and combinations of those skills.