Ballet pointe: beginners

Course Dates: 01/05/24 - 03/07/24
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Location: Keeley Street
This short course offers you the opportunity to be introduced to pointe work at a pace that allows you to understand how to execute the basic exercises correctly. Working with correct alignment and safely are a focal point and to address any issues and concerns you may have. To get the most out of this course you should have attended regular ballet classes for at least 6 to 12 months.
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Ballet pointe: beginners
  • Course Code: DDP152
  • Dates: 01/05/24 - 03/07/24
  • Time: 12:30 - 13:30
  • Taught: Wed, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Dilek Taptik

Course Code: DDP152

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Wed, day, 01 May - 03 Jul '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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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.

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?

Continue with this class or try one of our many other dance courses.

Dilek Taptik

Born in Germany, Dilek started ballet in the Russian Vaganova method. Professional training began in Turkey, Mersin Conservatoire for Dance & Ballet Academy Cologne, Germany, gaining National Dancers Diploma and Teaching qualifications by RAD, RTS, STC, TC, TD. Teachers included Lynn Wallis OBE (Artistic Director RAD), Gisela Peters, D. Wayne, Alex Morris, Valerie Aitken, Libby Farr. She also trained in NY. Dilek performed 'Giselle' (Demi-Soloist) in Turkey State Opera, 'Les Sylphides', 'Pas de Quatre', 'Nutcracker' & Swan Lake Corps in German Opera houses. 2003 she was awarded a scholarship for London Contemporary Dance School 'The Place', CertHE, working with Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown Company, Siobhan Davies Dance, Richard Alston Dance Company, DV8 and Kerry Nicholls (Ex- rehearsal director Wayne Mc Gregor Dance). She toured in Germany, Dance-film (Roundhouse, London & Cannes Film Festival) & Movie credit along Vanessa Paradise. Dilek was Lead Ballet Tutor at the Arts Educational Schools London & founded She is a regular Ballet Tutor at CityLit & at the RAD HQ teaching ADV level & Guest Teacher for IDW London & Barcelona.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.