Classical Ballet Levels 1A - 6

For students who desire intensive training in Classical Ballet

Pointe

Classical Ballet Levels 1A – 6

for Ages 8-18


Turning Pointe’s Training Division is designed for the dancer interested in learning Classical Ballet in a pre-professional setting. Training emphasizes technique, proper placement and alignment, strength, discipline, healthy body image, and encourages the dancer to reach his or her highest potential.  Whether a dancer plans to pursue post high school ballet training or not, our goal is to create a positive and healthy training experience for all students at all stages of study, while encouraging each student in their faith walk.


Priority Registration for current Turning Pointe Families opens May 1

Registration for new Turning Pointe Families opens June 1

 All classes run for the 34 week school year

Training Division Level 1A, 1A Teen, and 1A Hudsonville for Ages 8-18 with no recent experience

Level 1A is the entry level for students 8 years old and older with no recent ballet experience. It is also the next step in Turning Pointe’s ballet training for students in our school who have turned 8 years old.

Students ages 8-12 register for TD Level 1A.  TD Level IA meets on Monday 4:15-5:45/Wednesday 4:30-6:00/Thursday 4:15-5:45. Dancers must attend two classes per week and may choose different classes weekly. Dancers may attend all three classes per week for no additional charge.

Students ages 8 older at our Hudsonville location may straddle the two schools by registering for TD Level 1A Hudsonville. They attend Level 1A in Hudsonville on Tuesdays from 7:15-8:45 and then take their second weekly class in Holland during any TD Level 1A class time.

Dancers ages 13+ with no recent ballet experience register for TD Level 1A Teen.  TD Level IA Teen meets on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:15. This small class is just for Teens and has lots of personalized attention for older students. Teen students then take their second weekly class during any TD Level 1A class time. (Note, teens may sign up for the regular TD Level 1A if they cannot make the teen class time.)

TD Level 1A/1B Lyrical   This optional class is a fun way for 1A, 1B, 1A/1B Hudsonville and 1A/1B Teen students to start using the basic dance skills learned in technique class in actual Lyrical dances! Parents are invited into class approximately every six weeks to see the newest dance! Because of Turning Pointe’s Multiple Class Pricing, this class is 40% off.  This class meets on Wednesdays from 6:00-6:45, immediately after 1A and 1B and prior to 1A/1B Teen.

 

Performance Opportunities for 1A
Training Division Level 1B, 1B Teen, and 1B Hudsonville

Training Division Level 1B, 1B Teen, and 1B Hudsonville for students over the age of 9 with experience by placement

TD Level 1B is for students between the ages of 9 and 12 with recent twice-weekly ballet experience who are placed into this level. Transfer students please call the office to arrange for a placement. TD Level 1B meets on Monday 4:15-5:45/Wednesday 4:30-6:00/Saturday 9:30-11:00. Dancers must attend two classes per week and may choose different classes weekly. Dancers may attend all three classes per week for no additional charge.

 

Students at our Hudsonville location who place in Level 1B may straddle the two schools by registering for TD Level 1B Hudsonville. They attend Level 1B in Hudsonville on Tuesday from 7:15-8:45 and then take their second weekly class in Holland during any TD Level 1B class time.

 

Dancers ages 13+ who place in Level 1B register for TD Level 1B Teen.  TD Level IB Teen meets on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:15. This small class is just for Teens and has lots of personalized attention for older students. Teen students then take their second weekly class during any TD Level 1B class time. (Note, teens may sign up for the regular TD Level 1B if they cannot make the teen class time.)

 

TD Level 1A/1B Lyrical   This optional class is a fun way for 1A, 1B, 1A/1B Hudsonville and 1A/1B Teen students to start using the basic dance skills learned in technique class in actual Lyrical dances! Parents are invited into class approximately every six weeks to see the newest dance! This class does not perform in the End of Year Showcase. Because of Turning Pointe’s Multiple Class Pricing, this class is 40% off.  This class meets on Wednesdays from 6:00-6:45, immediately after 1A and 1B and prior to 1A/1B Teen.

 

TD Level 1B Jazz  This optional class is a great way to learn another dance form! Jazz is strongly recommended for Level 1B dancers because it prepares dancers for the movement quality that will be required for Contemporary which is needed for the Ensemble. Because of Turning Pointe’s Multiple Class Pricing this class is 40% off. Dancers take this class in their ballet attire. This class does not perform in the End of Year Showcase.

 

Performance Opportunities
Training Division Level 2

By placement of the Director. Transfer students please contact the office to arrange for a placement.

TD Level 2 students are required to take technique class twice a week and may change the days weekly. TD Level 2 classes meet on Monday 6:45-8:15/Tuesday 7:15-8:45/Friday 4:30-6:00/Saturday 9:30-11:00am. Dancers may attend all four classes weekly for no additional charge.

Level 2 Jazz  This optional class is a great way to learn another dance form! Jazz is strongly recommended for Level 2 dancers because it prepares dancers for the movement quality that will be required for Contemporary which is needed for the Ensemble. Because of Turning Pointe’s Multiple Class Pricing, this class is 40% off.

Performance Opportunities
Training Division Ensemble Levels 3 - 6

By placement of the Director. Transfer students please contact the office to line up a placement class.

Technique Classes

TD Level 3 meetsMonday 6:45-8:15/Thursday 6:45-8:15/Friday 4:30-6:00/Saturday 11:00-12:30. Dancers must attend three classes per week and may take additional classes in their level at no additional charge.

TD Level 4 meets Tuesday 4:15-5:45/Thursday 4:15-5:45/Friday 4:30-6:00/Saturday 11:00-12:30. Dancers must attend three classes per week and may take additional classes in their level at no additional charge.

TD Level 5 meets Tuesday 4:15-5:45/Thursday 4:15-5:45/Friday 4:30-6:00/Saturday 11:00-12:30. Dancers must attend three classes per week, two of which are en pointe from center. Dancers may take additional classes in their level at no additional charge.

TD Level 6 meets Tuesday 4:15-5:45/Thursday 4:15-5:45/Friday 4:30-6:00/Saturday 11:00-12:30. Dancers must attend four classes per week, two of which are en pointe from center and one of which is entirely en pointe. Dancers may take additional classes in their level at no additional charge.

Pre-Pointe, Pointe, and Pointe Variation Classes

Pre-Pointe/Pointe A is offered Monday 8:15-9:00 and Thursday 8:15-9:00.  Pre-Pointe/Pointe A dancers are required to attend one class per week but may attend both classes for no additional charge.

Pointe B meets Tuesday 5:45-6:30/Saturday 12:30-1:15   Pointe Variation B meets Thursday 6:30-7:15

Pointe C meets Tuesday 5:45-6:30/Saturday 12:30-1:15   Pointe Variation C meets Thursday 5:45-6:30

Pointe D meets Tuesday 5:45-6:30/Saturday 12:30-1:15   Pointe Variation D meets Thursday 5:45-6:30

Pointe B – Pointe D dancers are required to take both one Pointe and one Pointe Variation class per week to fulfill their Pointe requirement.

Contemporary Classes

Contemporary-3 for Level 3 dancers meets Friday 3:45-4:30

Contemporary-4 for Level 4 dancers meets Friday 3:45-4:30

Contemporary-5/6 for Level 5/6 dancers meets Tuesday 6:30-7:15

Ensemble dancers are required to take one Contemporary class per week to meet their Ensemble requirements.

Dancers at this level are invited to participate in the Turning Pointe Performance Ensemble and perform in The Promise and the Spring Ballet. The Performance commitment is made in May for the following school year. Ensemble Ensemble members are required to take three technique classes (four for Level VI), one Pointe (or pre-pointe “PP”) class, one Pointe Variation class, and one Contemporary class weekly. Boys are”NP” and do not take pointe. Ensemble fees and Costume fees apply.

Performance Opportunities

*Please note: Training Division dancers may attend classes as many times/week beyond the minimum requirements as they wish for the stated price. Due to the nature of Ballet training, the more times/week that a dancer takes class, the faster s/he will improve.

*Transfer students and dancers with recent twice-a-week ballet experience please call the Turning Pointe School of Dance office at (616) 394-7109 to schedule a placement class for Levels 1B – 6.