Thursday, November 2, 2017

Adult Pointe class is a bust

After avoiding the topic for a few weeks, I asked Susan if she was going to pursue holding an adult pointe class at Joy of Motion this spring. She says that JoM doesn't really want to hold an adult pointe class.

She asked whether I'd had any luck at Md School of Dance. I told her that Kim Parmer didn't want to teach any additional classes, and that Mané wasn't interested in teaching an adult pointe class. I said that they might be willing to host the class if she wanted to teach it, but she didn't jump at the opportunity.

I asked Susan what adult students who wanted to learn pointe ab initio should do. She suggested that anyone in that situation should pick out a beginner-level class and ask the instructor if it'd be okay to take class, or at least barre, wearing pointe shoes. Of course, that's pretty much what people are doing now.

If there is a bright side to this, it's that there is heightened awareness of the interest. You'll still need permission, which you would have needed to do anyway—and let's face it, some people are not physically prepared for pointe work—but you're unlikely to get the death glare for asking. There are at least three or four students in Susan's Beginner II classes at MYB who take barre in pointe shoes, and one or two often do the entire class. There are two in pointe shoes in ManĂ©'s Thursday night class at MSD, one who just started. So you wouldn't be the only one. However, both instructors suggest talking to them before investing in pointe shoes.


  1. Hi Reese -- Thank you so much for all you have done to try to initiate an adult pointe class, truly! You are correct -- the bright side is the heightened awareness of interest (to us adult students that others are interested and to instructors that yes, many adults out are there do want a proper pointe class). You planted a seed and maybe someday an adult pointe class in this area will be a reality. I do have to say that although my tendonitis seems to be healing, I have been and will be out of ballet class for awhile. I would have be crushed to have missed getting into shape for and then taking an adult pointe class. Thanks for trying!!!

  2. Thanks for your work on this, Reece! I agree with Helen's comment above. Raising awareness that there are many of us out there who would like to take a pointe class is progress in and of itself. And it's great to know there are teachers out there who are willing to work with beginner pointe students in their regular classes.


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