Pre-Pointe / Pointe Policy

At 6th Position, participation in our Pre-Pointe / Pointe classes is subject to a successful assessment outcome only.

A common question for starting pointe as an adult ballet student is: am I too old?

No. However, this is the wrong question.

Sound ballet technique, consistency and strength is key to dancing en pointe correctly and safely. ‘Am I ready for pointe work?’ is the question you should be asking your teacher and yourself. Dancing en pointe requires enormous dedication and commitment; as adult dancers, it is important we go in with our eyes wide open and a deep understanding of your personal limitations.

At a minimum, we recommend students:

  • have at least 18 months (1.5 years) of recent and consistent ballet training
  • are proficient in experienced beginner / elementary level technique
  • regularly attend at least two ballet classes per week (preferably with at least one of these classes at the elementary level), in addition to the Pre-Pointe / Pointe class.

Pre-Pointe / Pointe assessments are held in week 10 of each term (terms align with the ACT school term). We recommend you subscribe to our Studio News to keep up to date on upcoming assessments!

Prior to attending your first Pre-Pointe / Pointe assessment, you should speak with your teacher to discuss your readiness. Where necessary, students may be requested to undertake an external pre-pointe assessment. This process allows us to work with you to optimise your experience en pointe, and to help you and your teacher walk this journey together, in step with one another.

Students who wish to practice pointe work during their normal ballet classes must speak with their Pre-Pointe / Pointe teacher first.

We care deeply about safe dance and injury prevention and as such, 6th Position reserves the right to refuse students entry into Pre-Pointe / Pointe.

We understand being an adult means having responsibilities and commitments that may make it difficult to consistently meet the above mentioned requirements for pre-pointe / pointe. Please think carefully about whether or not a commitment to pre-pointe / pointe work makes sense for you at this time in your life. Given the technical demands, inconsistent attendance is simply not safe, nor does it lend itself to progress, for dancing en pointe.

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