Common Questions:

Why should I choose Turning Pointe School of Dance?

Turning Pointe School of Dance has served the community for almost 20 years with the mission statement: preparing the dancer in body and spirit to glorify God through artistic excellence.

We are a unique combination of a nonprofit Christian ministry and a pre-professional dance school. We start all of our classes with a brief devotion as part of our year-long Bible Study curriculum. All of our performances are family-friendly and God-glorifying. We provide a safe space for students to learn to dance and we costume your dancer modestly. Over the years, our pre-professional quality dance training has equipped our graduating young women and men to secure positions as paid dancers in professional companies, to become artistic directors and dance teachers, and to use the discipline and time management skills gained through their dance training in the fields of Architecture, Education, Law, Mathematics, and Medicine. These young men and women have grown in their faith and learned to give testimony of God’s work in their lives by integrating their love for dance with their faith.

To learn more about Turning Pointe, please visit our “About” section to learn about the studio and our mission.  If you would like a tour of the studio or to talk to one of our staff members about Turning Pointe School of Dance, call (616) 394-7109. We would love to meet you and show you around!

What are the benefits of dance for my child?
“Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only recently begun to be appreciated.
  
Physical Development: Dance involves a greater range of motion, coordination,strength and endurance than most other physical activities. This isaccomplished through movement patterns that teach coordination and kinesthetic memory. Dancing utilizes the entire body and is an excellent form of exercise for total body fitness. Young children are naturally active, but dance offers an avenue to expand movement possibilities and skills.
  
Emotional Maturity: Dance promotes psychological health and maturity. Children enjoy the opportunity to express their emotions and become aware of themselves and others through creative movement. A pre-school child enters a dance class or classroom with a history of emotional experiences. Movement within a class offers a structured outlet for physical release while gaining awareness and appreciation of oneself and others.
 

Social Awareness: Dance fosters social encounter, interaction, and cooperation. Children learn to communicate ideas to others through the real and immediate mode of body movement. Children quickly learn to work within a group dynamic. As the ongoing and sometimes challenging process of cooperation evolves, children learn to understand themselves in relation to others.
  
Cognitive Development: Young children will create movement spontaneously when presented with movement ideas or problems that can be solved with a movement response. Movement provides the cognitive loop between the idea, problem, or intent and the outcome or solution. This teaches an infant, child and, ultimately, adult to function in and understand the world. The relationship of movement to intellectual development and education is an embryonic field of study that has only recently begun to be explored.”

From the National Dance Education Organization, www.ndeo.org

How do I sign up, and which level do I sign up for?

You can register online, or you can call the front office to learn more about which classes to take, and to figure out scheduling.

If you/your dance are/is an experienced dancer coming from another studio, schedule a time for placement class to learn which level will be most appropriate.  Then you can create a schedule to fit into your daily routine.

What are class sizes? Can I get wait-listed if the class if already full?

Class sizes are limited to ensure as much instructor-student interaction as possible.  When choosing classes you will find that each has a specified maximum class size.

Due to the maximum class size, we do provide a wait-list option so that we can contact you if an opportunity arises for your dancer.  We just ask for general contact information, and then let you know when there is an opening. We do NOT charge your credit card until we have spoken with you to see if you are still interested in the class.

Where can I buy shoes and dance accessories?

Come visit our new addition, Tip Tap Toe Store, which carries a supply of dance shoes- tap shoes, jazz shoes, and ballet shoes, for younger dancers; we also carry dress code specific leotards and bottoms.

For older and more advanced dancers, we recommend Kicks Dancewear; they have a wide variety of products available, and have pointe shoe fittings (recommended to all dancers new to pointe shoes) available by appointment.  You can reach them at (616) 776-5966.

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