What is the course about?
This is a introductory course to pointe work. We will work at strengthening the ankles, feet and core and introduce the basics at the barre, including rises, releve's, echappe's, bourree's and courus.
What will we cover?
How to strengthen and point your feet, tendu and dégagés wearing pointe shoes, relevés on one and on two legs, relevés passes, echappés, pas de bourrées and courus.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Rise onto the point with correct alignment
Demonstrate increased strength in the feet and ankles
Recognise how the feet are used for pointe work
Perform on two feet as well as one foot.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for people with a basic knowledge of classical ballet but not for complete beginners.
A beginner’s dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginner’s dance class there will be student’s from all types of backgrounds. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a practical dance class. Class will be taught mainly at the ballet barre with exercises given to practice outside of class.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you
could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need pointe shoes for this class. If you are not sure whether you got the right fit from the shop, do not sew on the ribbons and elastics so we can check and you can exchange your shoes if necessary. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the department.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details