Class Descriptions

Twirl Classes
Dancers will be introduced to the basic dance terminology of ballet. A balance of focus and fun, spatial awareness, flexibility, coordination, balance, expression, and hearing music/rhythm are explored through the joy of movement while worshipping God.

Acro
Turning Pointe uses Acrobatic Arts curriculum. The program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling. Developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, modern dance, jazz, contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, yoga, acro yoga, pilates, physiotherapy, hand balancing and more, this is a comprehensive program. Simple thoughtful progressions take the beginner preschool level dancer from log rolls and somersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage!

African Jazz
This class fuses Jazz and African inspired choreography together to encourage fun, technique, and exploring new movement inspired by the freedom in traditional African dance. In this class, students would be learning the art of release with control that the African dance calls for as well as coordination sequences with some jazz technique. This truly is a great class for all levels and ages! Let’s dance together!

Ballet For Moms (summer only)
This class is for all you moms who took ballet when you were younger and have always wanted to get back into it or maybe you’ve always wanted to try ballet and never have! Do something fun for yourself and enjoy fellowship and learning with other moms! Dress code is workout attire…leotard and tights not required!

Ballroom Variety
This class will introduce the basics of the American Smooth style of ballroom dancing and will introduce the basics of the American Rhythm style of ballroom dancing.. Students will develop posture, coordination, balance and control through a series of steps designed to carry each couple effortlessly across the dance floor. Upon completion, each student will have the ability to recognize and match each style of dance to the appropriate style of music and perform the basics and beginning supplemental steps of waltz, foxtrot and tango. Upon completion, each student will have the ability to recognize and match each style of dance to the appropriate style of music and perform the basics and beginning supplemental steps of east coast swing, salsa, cha-cha and rhumba. Perfect to prepare for weddings, social dancing, or a unique workout. No partners necessary!

Combo Classes
Students will increase their understanding of ballet while developing coordination and rhythm through tap dance. Half of the class time will be focused on ballet, and the other half on tap!

Contemporary Repertory
For intermediate and advanced dancers who are interested in more performance and outreach opportunities this season. This class will be a weekly rehearsal to set contemporary and jazz choreography to be performed at new events this season including Dance Revolution! You must be in Ballet 3b and/or Jazz 3b or above to register.

Creative Collaborators
This is a 45 minute class, ages 6+, fully accessible and open to all levels and abilities. Creative cooperation and exploration of contemporary dance forms and movement qualities. Learn to think and move creatively as an individual dancer and with partners or groups. This class is tuition free!

Hip-Hop
In our hip hop classes, we will be teaching the students isolation, rhythm, control, intricacy, and fluidity in their movements. Students will learn to hear beats and move in ways that will benefit all forms of dance. Students will learn the various sub-styles that make up hip hop dance, including popping, waving, tutting, jerk, house, lyrical hip hop, break dance, freestyle, and many others.  Through class, students will find their sense of movement, add their personal style, and even learn how to choreograph their own pieces.

Irish and Twirl Leprechauns
Irish Step Dance is a fun and fast-paced dance style that emphasizes the rhythms of beautiful celtic music and has a unique technique all it’s own. Dancers will learn that technique through warm up exercises, across the floor work and traditional folk dances including the jig, reel and hornpipe, which all focus on very specific footwork. They will also participate in group dances called Ceilis, which develop teamwork skills and coordination. Students will also learn choreographed work that combines all the elements they learn within the class.

Jazz
Students are introduced to a jazz dance vocabulary including: stretches, isolations, turns, jumps, and combinations. Students will gain a better understanding of rhythms, all choreographed to wholesome music. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of jazz, muscle isolation, and movement to different beats. This class is a fun way for boys and girls to learn a different style of dance that is very popular with a different energy.  Be ready to let loose and have fun!

Leaps/Turns
This class is a specialized class designed for Int/Adv dancers who want to improve and broaden their skills in both leaping and turning. Not only is this a fun, fast paced class, but it also helps dancers become well rounded and marketable for the future!

Modern
Modern, based on the broad ideas of “opposite of ballet”, is focused on the use of space, time and energy.  Classes are based off of Limon technique with infusions from other masters.  Modern is its own unique technique, not to be confused with contemporary or jazz.  While ballet is ethereal and other worldly, modern is grounded and current.  While jazz is presentational, modern is about your own internal voice.  If you are one to learn something new, this is the class!  Come explore all ways we can dance using the air, the floor and each other!

Musical Theater and Twirl Showtime
This class is designed to build skills for the Triple Threat: dancing, singing, and acting. This class will provide students the opportunity to explore acting exercises, choreography for musical theater, audition techniques, and an introduction to singing. Students will learn songs and movement from current and classic musicals.

Primary and Ballet 1-5
Dancers will develop rhythm, coordination, flexibility, listening skills, balance, and musicality through activities such as: stretching, strengthening muscles by doing ballet barre exercises, and learning center floor progressions. They will also be encouraged in creative worship and improvisation, unleashing the grace and creativity that God has put in them. Ballet Level 4 and 5 students are required to come twice a week.

Pre-Pointe
The Pre-Pointe class is a pre-requisite for pointe work and is designed for students ages 11 and up who have had at least 2-3 consecutive years of ballet training. Students will need to bring these items to class: yoga mat, beach/bath towel, foam roller, and tennis ball. Students will be assessed by our team of pointe teachers in April to determine if they are ready to move into Beginning Pointe. Taking a minimum of 2 weekly ballet technique classes along with pre-pointe is preferred.

Progressing Ballet Technique
An innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in dance. This program has outstanding success with the use of muscle memory to improve students understanding of core stability, weight placement, and alignment. Students must provide: two racquet balls and bring $5 for a 9ft TheraBand. All other equipment will be provided by the studio.

Prophetic Dance
Class begins with warm up and prayer followed by a series of 2-3 exercises mostly including guided and intentional improv led by the instructor. The purpose is for students to grow in their own unique movement and style as well as have an understanding of dance that is beyond simply moving your body in a specific or non-specific way. They would also learn how dance is truly a gift that is a God-given art form that can be used as a means of worship, personal prayer and devotion, and also as a powerful means of intercessory prayer over others/an environment. Possible other goal would be to learn how to lead worship through dance in a public atmosphere. 

Showtime Acting
This class will include improv games, actor's warm-ups, body position (while on stage), and projection. Other things that will be covered are basic auditioning, stage terms, writing down and learning blocking, working with props, line memorization, timing and delivery, character development, staying in character while on stage and performance basics.

Studio Division
Turning Pointe offers a carefully constructed curriculum which introduces ballet steps and concepts at an age-appropriate pace.  Our teachers are warm, caring Christians who lovingly instruct your child and provide excellent role models of Godly young women and men.  Recreational Division students have an in-studio performance at Christmas time, and a formal recital in May.

Swing Dance
Swing dancing is a fun, social dance that involves easy to learn movement, exciting steps and great music. It dates all the way from the Jazz Age, the 1920s, and has continued to be a popular form of dancing. There are many different styles of swing dancing, each has it’s own tempo, steps and tricks. In this class, we will be learning the basics of East Coast, Lindy and Charleston styles. Come join us as we dance the summer away by learning this fun style of social dancing! Bring a partner, or show up solo.

Tap
From the old style of vaudeville and hoofers, to the modern-day hitters, tap spans the decades and the globe.  We will explore historical dances and even put our own twist on the traditions.  Technique and body alignment are the central focus of class while building on choreography.  Music from every generation will help us to work on musicality, tone, shading, counterpoint and, of course, style!

Training Division
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Worship Dance
This class will combine lyrical, jazz, and contemporary dance styles to explore ways God created our bodies to move. A large emphasis is placed on personal prayer and exploration of God’s Word through improvisation time in class. We will focus on cultivating individual expression and innovation through creative worship while also learning to dance lyrically and using Scripture and words to worship songs as motivation for our movement.