Student 8 Week Program:
Students gain the strength they need to progress to pointe readiness.
Online and in-person classes limited to 10 students each.
Classes taught by Pointe Safe Certified ballet teachers.
Teachers are trained and certified by expert dance medicine physical therapists.
Classes include strength, conditioning and safe ballet placement.
Criteria for inclusion in the Pointe Safe student program:
Students must have taken 3 BALLET classes per week for 2 years.
In-person students must be over the age of 12 and show proof of vaccination. In person classes will be masked.
Online classes are open to any students who have two years of ballet 3x/wk under their belt and are either pre-pointe or new to pointe.
Your Pointe Safe Team
Pointe Safe Teacher
Sonja Dale is a Bay Area native, trained by Sally Streets at Berkeley Ballet Theater. She later attended UCLA and the Boston Conservatory, and then began her dance career in San Francisco, where she performed with Peninsula Ballet Theater, FACT/SF and The Mark Foehringer Dance Project. Sonja moved to New York City in 2010, where she performed with SYREN Modern Dance and began teaching contemporary dance for Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theater. She then moved to Boston, where she taught ballet at The Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Sonja moved back to the Bay in 2015 and is currently dancing for Liss Fain Dance, Sharp and Fine, and the Mark Foehringer Dance Project, and teaching for many ballet schools around the Bay Area, including Steppin’ Out, Marin School of the Arts, and Conservatory of Classical Ballet. Sonja also has over 400 hours of training as a yoga instructor, and is completing prerequisites for physical therapy school.
Pointe Safe Teacher
Originally from Tampa, FL, Asia Bui began her classical ballet training at America’s Ballet School. She continued her training on full scholarship at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL and in Houston, TX as a member of Houston Ballet II. She began her professional career dancing with the Houston Ballet from 2013-2015 and joined the Sarasota Ballet in 2015, where she continues to perform as a demi-soloist. Her featured repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Christopher Wheeldon, William Tuckett, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor.
As a ballet instructor, Asia enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of all levels. She currently teaches ballet technique, pointe, repertoire, and ballet conditioning to her students. Her classes focus on giving dancers a strong technical foundation as a platform for developing artistic expression. Her curriculum emphasizes the importance of maintaining not only a healthy body, but a healthy mind. In addition to her ballet career, Asia is pursuing her degree in sociology and a minor in anthropology at the University of Florida. As a sociology major, she is particularly focused on the physical and mental health of dancers, in addition to increasing representation and access to ballet in underrepresented groups.