Turning Pointe Dance Academy, conveniently located to Route 100,  I-95 and I-295 in Hanover, MD, offers a wide variety of dance classes during the academic school year and the summer months for all ages and skill levels.   Instruction begins at age 2.  Tracks of study offer pathways for recreational, pre-profession,
post-professional, and adult students.  Teacher training offers professionals the ability to become certified in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet. 

Current classes are now held online.

Check your email for links to live/recorded classes. 

Tuition & Discounts

Tuition is due at the beginning of each month. 
The 2019/2020 session runs from September 2019 to June 2020.  

$25.00 annual registration fee

30 minute class    $32.00/mo
45 minute class    $48.00/mo

60 minute class    $64.00/mo
75 minute class    $80.00/mo
90 minute class    $96.00/mo


3 hours of classes/week: 5%

4-6 hours of classes/ week: 7%

6 hours of classes/week: 10%

Unlimited Classes: $400.00/ month


Full year tuition paid in September: 5%

Military Discount: 10%

Cecchetti Method


The Cecchetti ballet syllabus is based on classroom patterns that Cecchetti developed for the advanced students and professional dancers of his day, many of whom (such as Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova) were challenged by his work to improve their already considerable technique. Cecchetti's exercises were preserved by others late in his life, written down under his supervision. Childrens' syllabi were later developed by various organizations, featuring codified patterns intended to guide a dancer's development from the first ballet class all the way through to the professional level.

Learn more about the method at www.cecchetti.org 


The Ballet Conservatory

The Conservatory is a pre-professional dance program that provides Turning Pointe Dance Academy students with the training necessary to audition for recognized university dance programs and professional companies.  Dancers in The Conservatory will develop their technique and artistry by attending a rigorous program that includes ballet, modern and contemporary styles.  They will be eligible to participate in international ballet competitions.  Students interested in The Conservatory program should request an assessment by the Turning Pointe Dance Academy Artistic Director for admission. 

for young dancers
Dance With Me
2 year olds
Creative Movement
3-5 year olds
Combo Classes
 4-7 year olds
for dancers ages 6 and up


This is an introduction to the fundamentals of the Cecchetti Ballet Method for young dancers ages 6-8 who have at least two years of previous dance experience. This class is recommended for young dancers interested in studying the Cecchetti Method. 



Lyrical dance is a modern dance form which fuses modern dance, jazz, and ballet. Lyrical dance is often referred to as contemporary dance. It requires excellent technique to perform, as the moves are often difficult and precise. Moreover, the dancer must be well aware of facial expressions, essentially acting, to properly perform a lyrical dance piece.


Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floorwork, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.


Modern dance encourages dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines. Experience a wide range of dance and movement techniques including Cunningham, Graham and Horton, using floorwork, gesture phrases and combinations. Prior dance experience necessary for advanced levels. Please note Modern classes are available for dancers ages 7 and up. 

Stretch, Turns and Leaps

Workshop style class to improve upon proper stretching and strengthening practices, turning technique, and the mechanics of leaps.


Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers benefit greatly from a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.


Tap is performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps. It is characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels. This class participates in annual recital. Students begin learning basic vocabulary include taps, shuffles, slaps, shim sham and more. As the dancer progresses new, more intricate and faster combinations are introduced. Tap shoes required.

Hip Hop

Hip hop is a dance style, usually danced to music that evolved from the hip hop culture. Dancers are introduced to various hip hop dance movements in up beat, fun class with popular music.

Level Placement 

The following levels apply to each dance genre:  ballet,  jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. Students need to be proficient in their current level before advancing, which typically takes two years. 

Level 1- Beginner 

This level is suitable for students with 0-1 years of experience in the genre. Students will learn the critical technical foundations of the genre to set the up for success.

Level 2- Low Intermediate 

Students begin this level with 1-2 years of prior experience in the genre. Mastery of critical foundations from Level 1 is expected. Students will build upon the foundations learned in Level 1 to develop proper technique and artistry.

Level 3- Intermediate 

Students begin this level with 2-3 years of experience. The class introduces students to more complex combination of steps and more challenging choreography.  This is a faster paced class than Levels 1 and 2. A solid foundation in the genre, equivalent to mastery of Levels 1 and 2, is essential.

Level 4- Advanced

This class is suitable for mature students with 4 or more years of experience in the genre. This is a fast moving class with an emphasis on personal style, artistry and the use of proper technique.  Students learn the subtleties of the genre and are expected to pick up concepts, details, and choreography quickly.