Ballet & Pointe 

We offer 11 levels of syllabus and non-syllabus ballet in addition to pointe, pre-pointe and partnering. Our studio uses the Cecchetti Method of ballet. The Cecchetti Method is a rigorous system drawn up with to the dancer … balance, poise, strength, elevation and elasticity. Click here to learn more about the Cecchetti Method.


Ballet is the study of the highly disciplined and codified technique that is centuries old. It is the foundation for all dance forms. Students learn to align their bodies and face the challenge of balancing and coordinating arms and legs. They learn a vocabulary of steps that they put together and build on as they advance. Beginning students move into Primary classes and the graded Cecchetti ballet classes. The grades do not correspond to school grades, but are levels of ballet. Adult classes reflect the level of those enrolled. In addition to Cecchetti ballet, we also offer non-syllabus classes.


This technique class is designed to prepare dancers to go on pointe. Dancers will work on strengthening the entire foot and ankle as well perfecting the proper body placement that is essential for going on pointe. This is not a pointe class and pointe shoes are not needed. Students begin preparing the legs and feet for pointe work through a combination of pre-pointe appropriate physical therapy exercises and ballet technique. Students will work with therabands and other PT props to strengthen the appropriate muscles in the legs, feet, back and abdominals to prepare students anatomically for work on pointe. The class will help reduce injury and increase awareness of each dancer’s strengths and weaknesses. Students must take at least one year of pre-pointe before enrolling in a beginning pointe class. Students must be enrolled in a ballet class Grade I or higher and have two or more years of ballet experience. This class uses soft ballet slippers.


Demi Pointe is a class that transitions dancers from pre pointe and prepares them for beginning pointe. Demi-pointe is used to train dancers who are new to pointe technique. This class will focus on conditioning the dancer’s feet, ankles and core to prepare them for beginning pointe as well as teach them how to work in the demi pointe shoes. The shoes serve to acclimate dancers to the feel of wearing pointe shoes while at the same time strengthening the foot in preparation for dancing on pointe in pointe shoes. In addition, students will learn how to properly sew ribbons and elastics, in addition to learning how to correctly tie the shoes and care for shoes. A doctor’s note or x-ray is not necessary for this class however, students must have taken at least a full year (possibly more) of pre pointe and have the teacher’s permission to register. It is extremely important for parents of demi pointe students to know that there is not enough support in the shoe to come up onto the toes safely. We recommend that students only wear the shoes during class time and not at home without an instructor’s supervision.


Pointe is the study of ballet while wearing blocked satin shoes that allow the dancer to raise the body onto the tips of the toes. Dancers must be at least 11 years old with a few years of ballet training. They must get a note from a doctor stating that they have had a x-ray and that their feet are mature enough for pointe. They must also be currently studying ballet and have permission from their instructor.


Partnering is the assistance and sometimes leading given to a partner. It is an important part of ballet and the "pas de deux." In this class, students learn the essentials of partnering both in ballet and contemporary styles. Students enrolled in this class should be on pointe and in grade IV or above.

Ann Parsley School of Dance

40730 Garfield Road,

Clinton Township, MI 48038

Phone. 586-286-8300