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Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and I'm hoping you'll be able to help me out! I'm an extremely keen and dedicated adult learner (at ballet 5 out of 7 days a week) looking to do the RAD Intermediate exams. Unfortunately I've been waitlisted at the RAD itself for their Intermediate exam class so I'm hoping to find alternatives. I've tried Central Ballet with Kate Webster on Sundays—does anyone have recommendations for other classes located in central London?


Am also hoping to improve my pointe technique—have done pointe classes on and off for about 1.5 years but have always been put off by pain and my constant tendency to fall over and slip... turned out it wasn't so much abysmally poor technique (although I do acknowledge I need significantly more work!) but HORRIBLY fitting pointe shoes (lost a big toenail to Gaynor Mindens which is still in the process of growing back out...)! Have recently been fitted wonderfully with the proverbial Cinderella shoe and I'm eager to get going again! Any recommendations for intensive pointe coaching would also be appreciated. 


Thanks all! x

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Franziska Rosenzweig teaches pointe work on Sundays and also Thursdays I think at Danceworks.


Also check out the Urdang Academy.....I seem to remember a teacher on that site saying you have to attend a previous class to attend the pointe work class....so must offer this there.

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Franziska Rosenzweig teaches pointe work on Sundays and also Thursdays I think at Danceworks.


Also check out the Urdang Academy.....I seem to remember a teacher on that site saying you have to attend a previous class to attend the pointe work class....so must offer this there.


Thank you LinMM!


I have been to the Danceworks class before, but have not tried Urdang! 


There are four ballet classes listed on Monday—to which are you referring to? None of them seem to mention a pointe component :( 

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Sorry it was Central and on a Sunday with Jean Pascal Cabardos at 3.30 I think.

Also at central michael Branwell s thursday class at 7.15 does some pointe work apparently as well.


I don't know whether Raymond Chai used to have a class at the Urdang with pointe work am not sure now.


It's the Cabardos class which says you must have done a class that day to,take the pointe work class.


Ive never been to the above teachers .......I usually got to David Kierce at Central on sundays if in London at weekends and he has a more advanced class on a Sundays too......can check whether they do,pointe work there but it doesn't actually mention this.

Also Michael Branwell has a new class on Mondays at Pineapple......again whether pointe work is included I don't know but it does mention it for his Thursday class at Central.

I don't do Franziskas classes but her workshops and you might like to know that she is having a pointe work workshop in March will try to post a link to it!!

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Hi Odette92, JP Cabardos is an absolutely fantastic pointe work teacher, I'd recommend you give him a go. I 'returned' to pointework with him several years ago - I couldn't have done it without him! For his Sunday class at Central he does stipulate you have done a technique class already that day as you go straight on to pointe. He splits the class and sets exercises according to ability / experience.

Natalie Krapf also runs a fantastic pointe class on Thursday evenings at Marylebone studio at an inter/advanced level. She is a methodical, thoughtful teacher I'd also recommend.

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