Dancers will be preselected to participate in this class based on skill level and readiness for pointe work. It is not based on years spent in dance or on age. Dancers will be given rigorous ballet exercises meant to strengthen musculature for pointe work. Dancers will start on ballet flats and will move up towards pointe shoes with instructor approval. Dancers need not purchase pointe until gaining instructor approval. Once approved for pointe shoes they will be worn for only a portion of the class based on individual student strength. A dance will be learned and performed in the annual recital.