Pointe Classes

We offer classes for skill levels that range from beginner through professional. Wildwood Dance and Arts ballet program is truly an American blend taking the best of respected classical techniques; such as Vaganova (Russian), Balanchine (American), and Cecchetti (Italian). Our 8 year program is centered in the Vaganova Method of training that follows a definitive progression through each lesson. Repetition is an integral part to learning ballet technique. Each level builds upon the elements previously presented. It is not uncommon for students to be in the same level for multiple years.

Pre-Pointe: Students allowed to take Pre-Pointe must be enrolled in a minimum of 2 Ballet II, or higher, classes per week in conjunction with the ½ hour Pre-Pointe class. WDA will allow students that are 9-10yrs old to start Pre-Pointe classes. They must have completed at least Beginning Ballet II year in order to participate. This course requires convertible tights, and Thera-bands, as it works to strengthen the area of the leg, the feet, and turnout of the student to get closer to the technical requirements needed to pursue Pointe work. It is not uncommon for students to be in Pre-Pointe for more than one year. Students MUST be taking class a minimum of 2 classes per week + (each class Ballet II or higher), and their Pre-Pointe class (30 minutes in length).

Beginning Pointe, Pointe I and II: These classes are devoted solely to the technique of performing ballet movements “En Pointe”. Students must have reached technical and physical readiness in order to participate. They must receive approval from the Director in order to participate. Students are usually @11-13 yrs old due to the ossification in our feet, to reduce injury, and assure that they have had proper training. Pointe students MUST be taking class a minimum of 3 classes per week + (each class being 1 hour 30 minutes in length), plus their Pointe class (45 minutes- 1 hour in length).

Pointe II-/VVariations: These classes are devoted solely to the technique of performing ballet movements “En Pointe”. This course introduces the study of classical and contemporary ballet divertissements, corps de ballet, and soloist variations. This helps prepare the advanced student for professional studies and work. Students must have reached technical and physical readiness in order to participate. They must receive approval from the Director in order to participate. Students are usually @11-13 yrs old due to the ossification in our feet, to reduce injury, and assure that they have had proper training. Pointe students MUST be taking class a minimum of 3 classes per week + (each class being 1 hour 30 minutes in length), plus their Pointe class (1 hour in length) at minimum.