Pointe Readiness Physical & Written Exam: May 24

Dancers wishing to be evaluated for Pointe work at HPSD are invited to attend the Pointe Readiness Physical and Written exam on May 24.  The Pointe exams will take place after the Ballet IV level evaluation classes on May 24:

* Ballet IV (A & B) Level Evaluation Class- 4:30-6:00 pm 

* Physical pointe exam - 6:00 pm (dancers wishing to start pointe work must pass a physical text to ensure physical readiness; click here for more details.) 

* Written pointe exam - 6:30-7:30 pm (click here for more details) 

* Ballet V-VI Level Evaluation Class - 6:30-8:00 pm


To begin pointe training students must be physically mature. Most children are ready sometime between the ages of 10 and 12. Ultimately it is the instructor who decides whether a student is ready for pointe work. Most students need at least four years of serious ballet training before they are technically ready (pre-ballet is not considered part of this training). In addition, HPSD requires students to pass a written exam of ballet terminology. Students who graduate to pointe are required to take a minimum of three 90-minute technique classes a week in addition to their pointe class. Students interested in beginning pointe training for the first time may elect to be evaluated for consideration at the beginning of the academic year. Those who pass physical and written pointe readiness examinations may begin training en pointe.

Pointe Readiness Exams consist of a physical examination of strength and a written test on ballet terminology. The Pointe Readiness Exam is administered by HPSD Artistic Director August Tye, and questions about the exam may be directed to her at august@hydeparkdance.org. 


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