Training Division

For students ages 10 and up who have had 2 or more consecutive years of ballet. The Training Division is for dancers, ages 10 through adult, who are interested in studying Classical Ballet. Studying ballet takes repetition, drive, and commitment. At Turning Pointe we provide unique pre-collegiate Classical Ballet training for students in a Christian environment and encourage students to train their bodies and spirits for the glory of God.  In this division, dancers are required to come to ballet technique 3 times and week and choose a non- ballet elective (contemporary jazz, worship, modern, etc).  Moving up to the next level is based on ability, not age. A placement class is required to audition for this program.

For younger students who want to transition to the Training Division but aren’t quite ready to commit to three times a week, we also offer a Pre-Training class. This class is by teacher invitation only and for students in level 2B and up. Students will take this class in addition to their regular ballet class (totaling 2 classes a week).

For more information on our Training Division please see documents below.

Training Information

Training Division Expectations

Training Division Student Contract

Parent meeting for anyone interested in the Training Division is March 2nd at 11am. Auditions for the Training Division are March 18, 2019 from 4:00-5:15pm and May 22, 2019 from 5:15-6:45pm.

Cecchetti Syllabus

Turning Pointe will again be offering students the opportunity to participate in Cecchetti Syllabus classes and exams! Students who choose to participate will be required to take spring, summer and fall Cecchetti Grade I classes, which is separate from your other obligations. The exam will be held late October in Littleton, the cost is approximately $50 for the Grade I exam.

Students who study for the exam benefit from a strong knowledge of terminology, theory, as well as technique.  The syllabus work is based on the globally recognized teachings of Maestro Enrico Cecchetti.  The technique focuses on producing dancers with a strong use of alignment, feeling of line, ballone and beautiful aesthetics.  Becoming a Cecchetti student requires hard work and dedication.  These qualities, along with beautiful technique, are noted by many colleges and dance companies.

Exams are both physical as well as oral.  In groups of four, the students present themselves to two examiners.  They will demonstrate the material they have been perfecting and receive feedback along with a pass or fail level, citing how well they understood and executed the material.  There are seven marks available to the examiners; fail, pass conditional, pass, pass plus, pass commended, pass highly commended, pass with honors (extremely rare).  On each child's exam paper, they will receive comments from the examiners on how well they did and also things they need to improve upon.  It is a lovely way for students to realize how far they have come and what they still need to work towards.

An Audition is required to take this class.  Ms. Sara will let you know if your student is ready to begin!  Currently we will be holding Cecchetti exam classes Feb-Oct 2019 on Friday evenings, 6:30-7:30 (summer will have a different schedule).  This class is considered supplementary and is outside of Training or other ballet classes..
Auditions and Parent Meeting for anyone interested in the Cecchetti exam will be February 1st 6:30-7:30pm at the studio!

Questions? Please contact Ms. Sara at teacher.turningpointedance@gmail.com!