Our Success Stories

Minttu Viljaharju

Minttu Viljaharju joined Turning Pointe in 2007 aged 8. As a fairly late starter to ballet she was immediately very dedicated and committed. She began her RAD journey by participating in Class Awards until she was ready for full examinations, the highlight of which was her Grade 6 for which she received a staggering 96%. Minttu also shone on the stage and performed lead roles in 4 of our TPYB productions Including Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.

In 2014, Minttu decided to apply for full time professional dance college and so after preparing her audition material of photographs and DVDs with her teachers, we were delighted to hear that she was accepted to the Sibelius High School for Musicians and Dancers in Finland where she went from strength to strength, blossoming into a truly beautiful dancer.

Minttu has decided to focus on contemporary dance styles for her future, a genre of dance that she also began studying with Turning Pointe.


Minttu Cinderella Act
Minttu in Alice
Minttu Peter Pan
Minttu in releve - cropped
Minttu Inter
Minttu in Cinders
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Minttu in Peter Pan
Minttu in Cinders
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Minttu individual Cinders shot

Elena Cecchetti

Elena Cecchetti joined us in 2015 following participation in our inaugural summer camp. In addition to graded and vocational classes she also studied contemporary dance and participated in our annual shows. Elena has excellent facility and exceptional talent that developed and progressed rapidly through her classes.

We invited her to attend a workshop given by the faculty of Moorland International Ballet School (UK) who also immediately recognized her potential. Elena was offered a full time place to study at Moorland commencing September 2016. She has continued to shine in this new environment and is achieving outstanding grades in all dance styles.

Elena Profile Photo

Sara Chambers

Sara Chambers joined us in 2010 when she was in Grade 3 ballet and also studying Grade 6 Modern. She was soon selected to join our vocational program and took her Intermediate Foundation ballet exam in 2013. Shortly afterwards she was awarded a place at The Accademia diDanza in Genova, Italy where she has continued to progress and develop her talents. Sara was always exceptional at allegro movements (jumps) something that is clearly evident in this recent photograph of her performing a grand jete in a performance in Italy.

Sara recently auditioned and was accepted for both the Iwanson Dance Academy in Munich and the Opus Ballet School in Florence and is now faced with the difficult choice of which college to attend to finish her training before she begins to audition for companies.

Sara Al Maliki doing a Grand Jete Pg
Sara Profile Photo
Sara and Angel
Sara in Peter Pan

Misha Goddard

Misha Goddard began her training with Turning Pointe in 2007 and spent 5 years with us before she successfully auditioned for Northern Ballet School in Manchester, UK. She was able to participate in 2 TPYB productions before she left in which she gave amazing performances as Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Tinkerbell in Peter Pan.

Misha has natural balletic poise and creates beautiful lines in her dancing. She has a great aptitude for pointe work and trained very hard for both her graded and vocational examinations with us. She has continued to take her examinations in both ballet and tap and in doing so has also gained her teaching certificate for these.

Misha chose to move to The Urdang Academy in London following her time at Northern Ballet School in order to study for her degree alongside her dance education. She graduates in summer 2017 and has already been offered a dance contract with Disneyland Paris.

Misha in Alice
Misha in Peter Pan
Misha in Alice
Misha in Peter Pan
Misha in Peter Pan
Misha in Alice (1)
Minttu Profile Photo

Bella Ashill

Bella Ashill joined Turning Pointe in 2012 when she was in Grade 3 ballet. Bella’s potential and talent was immediately evident in her ballet classes but she also excels at modern and tap dance. Bella studied all 3 of these genres during her time at Turning Pointe, achieving great success in all her examinations.

Bella was selected to attend the Moorland International Ballet School workshop where the team saw how she stands out not only in terms of her ability but also because of her personality and artistry. Based on her performance at the workshop, Bella was offered a full time place at the school and began her vocational training there in September 2016.

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Bella modern dance
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Bella echappe
Bella Profile Photo

Amelia Dolan

Amelia Dolan joined Turning Pointe in 2007 for Grade 4 ballet and was soon invited to attend vocational classes too. Over the following 6 years Amelia also studied Modern and Glee classes with us. In 2013 Amelia danced the lead role of the Fairy Godmother in the TPYB production of Cinderella and she also danced a fantastic solo in Dance Dynamix. During this time we also put together her audition pack for vocational schools in the UK and Amelia began training at Tring Park School for Performing Arts in September 2013.

Amelia in Alilce
Amelia Dance D
Amelia on cover of Cinders
Amelia in Alice
Picking Up the Pieces Amelia Dolan
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Amellia Cinders Make Up Workshop
Amelia in Cinders
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Amelia in Cinders
Amelia in Cinder
Amelia in Peter Pan
Amelia Profile Photo

Parmis Khalili

Parmis Khalili began her training with Turning Pointe in 2006 in Grade 1 ballet. She danced with us for 9 years moving through all the grades and also taking both Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate vocational examinations.

Parmis has a great passion for drama and acting and so used her excellent dance skills to support her applications to full time drama schools. In September 2015 she began her full time education on the drama course at Tring Park School for Performing Arts.

Angel Scally

Angel Scally joined Turning Pointe in 2008 and was studying Grade 2 ballet. She trained with us for 7 years and developed a very secure and precise ballet technique. She also trained in modern and tap dance and entered for examinations in all 3 genres. Angel also had many featured roles in TPYB productions including the lead role in Snow White.

Shortly after receiving a distinction for her Intermediate ballet examination Angel was accepted to begin full time training at Tring Park School for Performing Arts in September 2015.

Angel Snow White
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Angel Profile Photo
Angle in Peter Pan


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Shop 12 & 14
Building V23
Russia Cluster
International City
United Arab Emirates

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Tel: 050 877 5918