Learn more about us

Turning Pointe was founded by Donna Dempsey in 1994. Originally called The Dance Centre it changed its name in 2005 to Turning Pointe to reflect the fact that it has many, many studios throughout the UAE not just one centre. Donna also felt it is a turning point in a childs life when they start school which is often the same year they start their dance classes.

Dance Styles

Turning Pointe offers a variety of dance genres, with Classical Ballet being the most popular. In order to help you decide which class your child would prefer to join, we have listed the genres below, giving a brief description about each one. Hopefully this will provide you with an insight into what Turning Pointe can offer your child and that they enjoy many happy years of dancing, regardless of which genre they choose.


If music gets your feet tapping, then tap dance might be for you. Tap uses shoes with metal plates, in which you perform the art of percussion with the feet.

Dance Fusion
Dance Fusion

Ballet Fusion is a fun rhythmical class combining all aspects of dance for 4 - 6 year olds. Students will be taught in a relaxed environment developing, rhythm, musicality and good posture whilst learning the basics of ballet, hip hop and tap dance.


Modern dance encompasses a wide variety of styles, so if your child is looking for a career in dance or theatre, this is the perfect place to start. Although highly energetic, it is a more relaxed style of dance with free flowing movements and an interpretative style.


Classical Ballet is much loved around the world. We inspire girls and boys to use movement to express themselves alongside developing strength, co-ordination, musicality and an appreciation for the beautiful art form.

Hip Hop
Hip Hop

Turning Pointe Hip Hop classes give students the opportunity to learn the foundations of locking, popping and commercial dance, using chart music both old and new.


Contemporary Dance is a modern dance form, which fuses modern dance, jazz, and ballet, it aims to convey the emotions of a piece of music or the choreographer's theme through movement and the use of strong emotional expressions of both the face and body.

Meet Our Team

Turning Pointe has a dedicated team of experienced Teachers, who work hard to ensure students enjoy their dance education. There is also a supportive team of Admin Ladies who work in the office, ensuring that all parent and teacher queries are dealt with efficiently. A short biography follows for each member of staff, where you can learn about their background and qualifications.


Featured Gallery

Turning Pointe have a number of Shows throughout the year and below are a delightful selection of photographs taken during these performances. We have also added a number of photographs from our annual Examinations and photo shoots, which we hope you enjoy.



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Contact Us

Turning Pointe

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

Tel: 800 DANCE (800 32623)
Tel: 800 BALLET (800 225538)
Tel: 050 877 5918

Email: info@turningpointe.ae