What Age can my child start to learn to dance at Pointe Works?

We start teaching children ballet at Pointe Works in the year before they start school. The 'Dance to your Own Tune' Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus is designed to be taught over two school years for children from 3 to 4 years. (are approximate)

What benefits are there in sending my child to ballet classes?

Ballet classes will develop their musicality, control and co-ordination. Attending weekly classes will improve their cardio vascular fitness and enhance their creativity. You may find they are more expressive physically and definitely more self confident. Correct posture, core stability and balance are important focus areas which may result in less falls and bumps.     

What should my child wear to attend classes at Pointe Works?

Pre-school students can wear comfortable clothes of Parent choice with either bare feet or ballet shoes available to purchase from Pointe Works at competitive prices.

Uniform is available for children from Pre-School upwards and can be bought from Pointe Works, please click on the uniform tab for more information.

Long hair should be tied back, preferably in a bun.

Can I stay and watch the class?

It is possible for parents to watch the Pre-School Ballet classes when they are able to do so from the very start to the very finish of the lesson and only when they are able to arrange childcare for siblings. If you do decide to stay in the main teaching area, it is really important that you don't talk to other parents during the lesson. For me to teach them effectively I will need you to be quiet - thank you. Once your child has started school, parent observation is available on the last lesson of each full term. 

What will my child be learning at First Steps & Next Steps ballet classes?

The emphasis is on capturing and nurturing young children's instinctive joy of movement and freedom of expression. The goals are to enhance their physical fitness, aid them becoming physically and spatially aware, stimulate their listening skills, build their confidence and encourage them to become co-operative and sociable.

Next Steps lessons are themed lessons that provide the framework for introducing fundamental travelling and stability movements, sensitivity to music and expression of feelings through movement. Example themes are : The Jungle, Outer Space and The Toy Kingdom. Through the movements in each of the stories they are able to master some fundamental movements which will form the basis of their future dance training.

At what age do they start learning more formal ballet?

From Age 5 upwards, children will begin to attempt some more formal ballet vocabulary appropriate to their development and individual ability. During the 'specialised movement phase' the fundamental moves learned in First & Next Steps classes will be elaborated and technically refined to produce movements that demand more control and accuracy.

What is Modern Jazz Dance?

Modern Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic.

Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.

A jazz class explodes with energy, with music styles ranging from hip-hop to show tunes, the beat alone will get you moving. The class begins with a thorough warm-up, then progresses with a series of stretching exercises and isolation movements. Isolations involve moving one part of the body while the rest of the body remains still. Jazz dancers also practice the art of suspension. Suspension involves moving through positions instead of stopping and balancing in them. The class ends with a short cool down to help prevent muscle soreness.