En Pointe is our Ballet section of En Pointe and Just Dance.
We categorize dancers according to their technique level. Since En Pointe does not divide categories solely according to age, birth certificates are not necessary. We rely on the integrity of the teachers and the students who attend our festival to be honest about the level at which they are currently dancing. We trust that you will respect this facet of the En Pointe event and enter your students honestly in the appropriate category. Students should be entered in the dance level in which they are currently studying. Please, see our ‘Technical Level‘ chart to place your students in the appropriate En Pointe Level.
En Pointe’s Divisions
|Junior Division is called||Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty|
|Intermediate Division is called||Coppelia, Swan Lake, Carmen|
|Senior Division is called||Firebird, Giselle, Petrouchka, La Sylphide, Romeo & Juliet, Napoli|
En Pointe’s Technical Levels
|En Pointe Levels||R.A.D. Equivalent||Cecchetti Equivalent||Russian Equivalent|
|The Nutcracker||Pre-Primary||Pre-Ballet (Age 5)||Pre-Ballet (Age 5)|
|Cinderella||Primary||Pre-Ballet (Age 6)||Level 1|
|Sleeping Beauty||Grade 1 & 2||Grade 1||Level 2|
|Coppelia||Grade 3||Grade 2||Level 3|
|Swan Lake||Grade 4||Grade 3||Level 4|
|Carmen||Grade 5 & Intermediate Foundations||Grade 4||Level 5 & 6|
|Firebird||Grade 6,7,8, Intermediate||Grade 5||Level 7,8, Pre-Elementary|
|Giselle||Advanced Foundations,Advanced 1||Grade 6, Intermediate||Elementary, Intermediate|
|Petrouchka||Advanced 2||Advanced 1||Advanced|
|La Sylphide||Novice Beginner Teens||Novice Beginner Teens||Novice Beginner Teens|
|Romeo & Juliet||Solo Seal||Advanced 2||Pre-Professional|
En Pointe’s Categories
|Categories||No. of Performers||Maximum Time Limit|
|Solo||1 dancer||2 min. 30 seconds|
|Pas de deux||2 dancers||2 min. 30 seconds|
|Pas de trios||3 dancers||2 min. 30 seconds|
|Small group||4-8 dancers||3 minutes|
|Large group||9-15 dancers||3 minutes|
|Class||16-19 dancers||3 minutes|
|Ballet Suite||20+ dancers||8 minutes|
For entry fee information, please contact the festival directors (email on the Contact Us page).
En Pointe’s Streams
Adjudication Stream: This stream follows the traditional style of competition.
Presentation Stream: All students participating in this stream will receive the adjudicator’s comments as well as a beautiful participant’s memento. Participants will not receive a mark and will not be in contention for the overall awards. They will be eligible for adjudicators’ special acknowledgment awards.
Starlets: For our most precious performers, ages 3-5 years old. These ‘little stars’ have the opportunity to perform and grace the stage with all the wonderment and merriment they possess. Teachers are welcome to assist the STARLETS by leading and guiding them on stage, if needed. The adjudicators will offer encouraging and positive feedback only, with no marks attached. (Click here to learn more about Starlets)
En Pointe’s Technical Elements
Due to Covid-19, Technical Elements will not be required for 2021. We ask that all soloists in the adjudication stream prepare the following set step, specific to their level. This element will constitute 10% of the final mark. Please, prepare your students in advance for this section.
|En Pointe’s Technical Level||Soloist’s Technical Element Requirement||Pointe Soloist’s Technical Element Requirement|
|The Nutcracker||Demi plie in 1st position, arms on waist|
|Cinderella||4 Sautes in 1st position, arms on waist|
|Sleeping Beauty||2 echappe sautés in 1st position, arms opening demi second to bras bas|
|Coppelia||Starting and finishing in 3rd position, 1 pas de chat. Will be seen on the right and the left.|
|Swan Lake||4 balance de cotes, arms in 3rd||4 releves in 5th position|
|Carmen||4 changements.||4 echappe releve en pointe|
|Firebird||Glissade derriere and assemble over, performed both sides.||Two pas de bouree pique, en pointe, arms 3rd to 3rd.|
|Giselle||Develope derriere to an arabesque en l’air||4 pique turns ( pose en dedans)|
|Petrouchka||Double pirouette en dehors, finishing in a lunge||Series of chaine turns|
|La Sylphide||Single pirouette en dehors. Will be seen both sides|
|Romeo & Juliet||8 fouette rond de jambe en tournant. Seen on best side.||8 fouette rond de jambe en tournant en pointe. Seen on best side.|
|Napoli||8 fouette rond de jambe en tournant. Seen on best side.||8 fouette rond de jambe en tournant en pointe. Seen on best side.|
Please note: The above technical elements are drawn from R.A.D. language.
En Pointe’s Subjects
|Classical Ballet||Must include traditional classical ballet steps and movements.|
|Contemporary Ballet||Must consist of innovative ballet technique and choreography.|
|Classical Pointe||Must include traditional pointe technique in pointe shoes|
|Contemporary Pointe||Must consist of innovative pointe technique and choreography.|
|Demi Character||Must portray a character or theme using ballet technique.|
|Student Choreography||A dance created from inception to completion by a student, without assistance from a teacher. It will be performed in the presentation stream only.|