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Push your ballet technique to the next level in our pointe and pre-pointe classes!

Join ballet program director Beverly Holskin in these 35-minute, small group classes for a series of special exercises to strengthen the feet and ankles. Learn to use your weight and energy to roll up and down on pointe with delicate strength and ease.

For those newer to pointe, we recommend starting with the Thursday or Friday night sections, where you’ll cover the basics in “soft” slippers, before gradually working your way onto pointe. Those with pointe experience may wish to try out the Saturday section. Our most advanced group meets on Mondays.

If you’ve never danced on pointe before, check out our “Pre-Pointe” class on Thursday nights at the Rittenhouse studio directly following our Beginner I Ballet technique class. Class begins with foot stretching exercises both in bare feet and with pointe shoes. In addition to properly “breaking in” new pointe shoes, you’ll learn how to care for them and correctly tie the ribbons. The goal is to ultimately accomplish rises to the full pointe both in releve and eleve, along with other related pointe barre work. Because this is such a concentrated and progressive technical class, registrants are asked to attend the preceding Beginner I Ballet class as a warm-up.

If you’ve never danced on pointe shoes before and would like to see if this class is a good fit for you, please contact Beverly. We also occasionally offer “Beginner Pointe Intensive” workshop series specifically designed for dancers approved to work “en pointe” for the first time, which require committing to a weekly class for a full month.


  • Mondays at 8:15 p.m.
    • Rittenhouse, 1624 South St.
    • Pointe experience required – Advanced Beginner/Intermediate levels
  • Thursdays at 8:15 p.m.
    • Rittenhouse, 1624 South St.
    • Pre-Pointe & Beginner levels. Work in soft shoe slippers or pointe shoes
  • Fridays at 7:45 p.m.
    • Midtown, 1301 Locust St., 2nd floor (inside NEST, enter through the door on 13th Street)
    • Beginner & Advanced Beginner levels. Work in soft shoe slippers or pointe shoes
  • Saturdays at 12:15 p.m.
    • Rittenhouse, 1624 South St.
    • Pointe experience recommended — Advanced Beginner level
  • Cost: $13 drop-in, or lock in a discounted rate by purchasing a 4-session month pass! These technique passes actually expire 40 days from the date of purchase to allow dancers time to attend one make-up class if they’re unable to get to all four within a month.
  • Pre-registration requested — sign up on our online schedule below. Enrollment is capped at 10 students to ensure everyone receives individual attention.
  • Because this is such an intense technical class, we request that dancers attend the preceding ballet class or do a thorough warm-up on their own to avoid injury.

Can’t make these times? Additional private and semi-private (up to four students) lessons are available. Call 215-645-2717 or email info@phillydancefitness.com for more information or to schedule a lesson.