Focus class: introduction to pointe work
An introduction to the basics of pointe work.
- 1 Class
- Suitable for 11+
Before studying pointe work, it is important to understand how to prepare and wear pointe shoes and to stand on pointe correctly. The class will provide students with this information before studying some foundation pointe exercises.
Duration: 34 minutes
This lesson is also included in the Intensive course for 11+: Series 1 package.
What you will learn
How to correctly prepare and wear pointe shoes
How to stand on pointe successfully
The understanding and ability to perform rises, relevés, and échappés on pointe.
Liane McRae trained at The Royal Ballet School and has worked with London City Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
She gained the Academy’s Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma in July 2000 with distinction and went on to work at Northern Ballet School and was part of the Scottish Ballet Associate Programme. Liane then joined the faculty at RAD headquarters in London.
Following this, Liane worked as a freelance teacher and was a faculty member of Performers College, the Centre of Advanced Training Scheme and The Dance School of Scotland. Her engagements also included rehearsing and coordinating the children of The Royal Ballet School in The Nutcracker, teaching Scottish and classes at White Lodge, teaching on The Royal Ballet School’s Advanced Associate Programme and helping to set up the Royal Ballet Junior Associate Programme in Scotland.
She is also a tutor on The Royal Ballet School’s Inspire Programme which is a professional development programme for teachers. She has taught on a number of Royal Ballet School Spring and Summer programmes, RAD Summer Schools worldwide and is a tutor for the Royal Academy of Dance. Liane was a full-time teacher at The English National Ballet School and became a full-time ballet teacher at The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, in 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?
This class is recommended for students aged 11+ and reflects the training given to students aged 11-13 studying at The Royal Ballet School. The class is not suitable for beginner students, students with limited experience or students under 11 years old.
For this class, we recommend that:
- Students are studying a syllabus delivered by a recognised classical dance awarding body, or if attending full-time vocational training, the method of training provided at their school
- Students have a good knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary.
What do I need to participate?
This class is designed so that it can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:
- The student meets the technical standards required for the class
- Any apparatus used for a barre is stable and safe
- The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
- The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should either adapt appropriately or not participate
- The student is able to clearly hear the teacher’s verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
- The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a ballet lesson. Soft ballet shoes should be worn, not pointe shoes
- The student’s hair is suitably tied back
- The student is fit and well in order to take part.