Counting down to the start of classes

We are counting down to the start of classes and are happy to announce further new additions to our timetable for younger learners ‘Introduction to Ballet’ & ‘Parent & Child Ballet’.
In each class we’ll work on posture, coordination, strength and musicality.
These classes are being launched today, exclusively for our followers. Contact us on info@skylarkdance.com for more information and to book a trial class!

Starting Pointe Classes

Starting Pointe Class is a very exciting time for any aspiring ballerina.
We are really pleased to be starting Point Work classes at the school this year.
For more information about classes please contact us on info@skylarkdance.com
Or read below:
Starting POINTE WORK is a special milestone in a ballerina’s life. Dancing on your toes requires tremendous strength of the legs and feet. How do you know when you’re ready for pointe shoes?
  • The proper age to start pointe work is controversial. Many experts believe that a ballet dancer can begin dancing on pointe if she is at least 9 or 10 years old. Some teachers don’t attach a number at all, they simply rely on ability. However, because the growth of the foot is about complete at age 11 or 12, many agree that pointe work could be introduced at this time.
  • In order to be able to dance on pointe, a dancer must have had time to achieve the form, strength, and alignment needed to make a successful transition into pointe work. Proper technique is required to be able to properly rise on the toes without risks of injury.
  • In order to maintain proper technique and flexibility needed for pointe work, it is imperative to practice ballet formally at least 3 times per week. The pointe portion of the class should follow the regular ballet class, perhaps extending the time half an hour. This ensures that the entire body, especially the feet and ankles, are properly warmed up.
  • All dancers should be formally evaluated by their ballet teacher to determine if they are physically ready to meet the demands of pointe work. The teacher should check for correct body position and alignment, sufficient turnout, strength and balance, and mastery of basic ballet techniques.

Exams are complete

Dance exams are over! 🌟 What an emotional day it was. We are so proud of all our students, who worked really hard. Well done Skylarks! 👏

Ballet Exam Results

Attention all Skylarks! The results are in on our professional ballet exams and… we have a 100% pass rate! But this is an understatement: half of our students achieved DISTINCTIONS (the highest award) and all our other students achieved MERITS (the next highest award). These results are truly astonishing! A huge congratulations to all our students and teachers; we are beaming with pride! 😍🌟🎉

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