Pointe Works is run by Nicolle Higgins and was set up in 2009. Nicolle trained with the Royal Academy of Dance and is one of their Registered Teachers.
This means your child can take part in Royal Academy Ballet Exams at the Jessie Hughes Village Hall in Eaton near Tarporley. These exams provide an excellent focus to your children's ballet lessons and reward hard work with certificates and medals.
Every 18 months the children at Pointe Works have the opportunity to perform in a Charity Showcase event at a local theatre. These events are great fun and raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Pointe Works believes in the value of dance and sharing this with young people and adults. Attending ballet classes should enhance students’ lives by providing an outlet for their creativity. It should be therapeutic and bring joy.
Taking part in ballet classes should represent a positive social engagement for young people and adults, boosting self-confidence and nurturing self-esteem.
Why Choose Pointe Works?
- Regular opportunities to watch classes to see your child's progress at the end of each half term.
- RAD Exams - the money you are paying for lessons results in a tangeable qualification for your child.
- Great venue - the Jessie Hughes is warm, clean and has a sprung floor essential for dance training.
- Nicolle & Danielle are committed to attending regular teaching courses so you know your child is being taught in the best and safest way possible.
- Strict limits on class sizes - plenty of one to one guidance and support for your child.
- Classes split into academic years - your child can develop socially & make friends at dance school.
- Strong foundations built at pre-school level - develops your child's self confidence, creativity, improves their balance, muscle tone which reduces the amount of bumps & falls.
Our Promise to You
- A supportive learning environment, respectful of individual differences.
- High quality dance tuition using a range of teaching strategies to meet students’ individual learning needs.
- Delivery of appropriate and challenging dance activities safely and effectively.
- Up to date knowledge of the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, including the very latest teaching techniques.
- To keep class sizes small with a maximum of 15 students.
- To commit to continuing professional development to enhance teaching skills
- To work closely with parents to tackle any areas of difficulty
What underpins the teaching at Pointe Works?
- Sensitive and effective communication with parents and students.
- Treating people with dignity and consistency, ensuring good relations are always maintained.
- Assisting students to achieve their personal best, whatever that may be.
- Sound professional practice, knowledge of the legal frameworks, codes of practice for teaching children and statutory responsibilities surrounding dance teaching.
- Continual evaluation of practices and skills to ensure the highest quality teaching is maintained.
- Commitment to continuing professional development.
Owner and founder of Pointe Works, Nicolle Higgins, attended her first ballet class in 1975 at the Lorna Timms Theatre Arts School in Camberley Surrey, taking her first exam with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in 1980. On completing her RAD Grades, she attained a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology, spending a year focussing on Child Development. She continued her dance training along side a demanding career in Commercial Property, attending associate classes at Elmhurst, Urdang, Pineapple Studios and latterly The Hammond.
A life-long dream to teach ballet as a full time career was realised in 2007 when she was offered a place on the RAD Teacher Training course in Ballet Teaching Studies. Having successfully completed her training in 2009, Nicolle is now a registered teacher with the RAD enabling children at Pointe Works to enter examinations to gain certifications from the Academy.
Nicolle is passionate about teaching dance in the community and is committed to providing high quality tuition at every level. Her in depth knowledge of Child Development enables her to develop students’ creative potential with appropriate learning activities at every stage.
Danielle Walker is a fully qualified ISTD Modern, Jazz and Tap teacher, having graduated in 2009 from Preston College. Danielle is also an Acrobatic Arts Registered Teacher. In addition to her role at Pointe Works, she is currently teaching at The Stage Factory in St Helens and Centre Pointe in Manchester. She is a specialist in Health Related Exercise for Children and is also a qualified Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer. She holds a current first aid certificate and is DBS Checked.
Danielle shares Nicolle's passion for teaching dance to children in the community and offers creative Jazz dance and Musical Theatre lessons at Pointe Works to develop students' skills. She enjoys choreographing dances for the children to study each term and creates fabulous pieces for our Charity Showcase events.