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En Pointe Danse helps students explore the wonders of dance

Aug 27, 2019 05:28PM ● By Today's Family
En Pointe Danse in Chagrin Falls, provides a nurturing environment for dancers of all ages to explore the joys of dance.

Owner Gail Friedberg, who has been teaching and dancing professionally for over 35 years, fell in love with dance at an early age. "My mom taught dance and owned her own studio when I was growing up,” Friedberg explains. "Both my parents were circus performers, so dancing and performing have been part of my life for as long as I can remember."

Friedberg, along with fellow instructor Jean Brady, teaches a variety of classes in creative movement, ballet, pointe, tap, and modern dance. Children begin as early as age 3; however, there is no upper age limit for dancing. En Pointe Danse also offers adult tap and ballet classes. New adult offerings for the fall, include Barre and Nia-dance class.

Each spring students ages 6 and up have the opportunity to dance in one of Friedberg's original ballets, which are based on children's stories, fairy tales, and fantasies. The younger children, ages 3-5, participate in a separate informal showing. That way all gain the experience of performing on stage.

For the past nine years En Pointe Danse has hosted auditions for the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Students have the opportunity to dance alongside professional dancers of The Moscow Ballet.  Auditions will be held on October 20-21 and are open to the community for dancers ages 6-18.

Aside from being fun and good exercise, dance offers many lifelong benefits and skills including coordination, self-control, and discipline. “We love dance, and relish the opportunity it gives students to broaden their horizons. We want them to experience the joy of dancing while developing a good foundation, excellent technique, and a sense of discipline that stays with them for the rest of their lives.”

Fall classes begin September 3. For more information call En Pointe Danse at 440 247-5747 or visit www.enpointedanse.com.