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Welcome to En Pointe

…the section of En Pointe & Just Dance dedicated to ballet.

En Pointe is a festival dedicated to the art of BALLET ONLY! Ballet technique is a particular skill that involves tremendous dedication and intensive training. We, at En Pointe, want to devote time and special expertise to this wonderful art form. We hire adjudicators that are specifically knowledgeable about ballet, giving you informative, positive, yet, constructive feedback. We have also implemented many facets to the festival that really celebrate Ballet, giving all your hard work it’s just rewards! Come and join us and share in the beauty of ballet.

Master Classes

En Pointe offers master classes at no extra cost! The master classes are taught by teachers and adjudicator’s who share their extensive experience in ballet technique and performance. The master classes are scheduled before the performances begin, serving as an important ‘warm-up’ to our dancers. Where possible, we hire live accompanists for these classes. The master classes are a great way to begin your focus on the great day of ballet that is ahead.

Presentation StreamEPJDC-14

Do you just not like competitions? Do you have some students that you feel are not quite ready to compete?We have a great opportunity for you, here at En Pointe! We call it our ‘Presentation Stream’. The presentation stream allows performers to showcase their performance without getting a mark from the adjudicator’s. You gain the important experience of performing on a professional stage as well as receive the valuable comments from our expert adjudicators…just not the mark…the pressure is off! You will receive a special memento for performing for us and you still have the opportunity to be awarded an adjudicator’s choice award! We encourage you to come and join the fun!

Adjudicator’s Criteria

As mentioned, we, at En Pointe, hire adjudicator’s with extensive knowledge about ballet technique and performance ability. We also feel it crucial that our adjudicator’s have experience TEACHING children of ALL ages, ensuring the comments given on your memory-stick will be age appropriate and realistic to their developmental ability.

Technique Levels

En Pointe’s technique levels are truly unique. We divide participants according to the ballet grade level they are currently studying. We have researched the Royal Academy of Dancing method of training, the Cecchetti method of training and the Russian method of training and have devised our own unique levels. Dividing participant’s in this way ensures that dancers compete against dancers of equal ability. It has proven to be a much more fair experience! Please, see the Festival Information page for the more detailed chart.

Technical Elements

Another facet of our festival that provides participants a more fair assessment of their performance is our Technical Elements. Each soloist is asked to perform a required specific step, after their category has completed dancing. We invite the dancers back on stage to perform the step one at a time. It constitutes 10% of the soloist’s final mark.Please, see the Festival Information page for the more detailed chart.

Prizes

En Pointe is proud to offer beautiful bracelets and charms as our placement prizes. We also give away many ballet related gifts such as, ballet attire, gift certificates, scholarship to dance workshops and much, much more! We also offer cash prizes for our suite and group entries! Please, see the prizes section of each festival information page for more details…the pictures say it all!