About Turning Pointe

Turning Pointe was founded in Dubai in 1994 by Donna Dempsey, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) London, UK. As a classical ballet teacher, Donna ensured Turning Pointe established itself as one of the foremost ballet schools in the UAE, expanding over the next two decades to include all forms of dance into Turning Pointe’s curriculum by employing the best qualified teachers in different genres.

Turning Pointe prides itself on welcoming both the student who works towards a professional career in dance as well as those who dance purely for the joy of it and the benefits it brings to everyday life. The training the students receive at Turning Pointe produces self-confident and educated dancers, by focusing on their individual development.

Meet our Team Leaders

As qualified teachers themselves, Principal Donna Dempsey and Deputy Principal Lorna Martin-Fox ensure the school focuses on the highest standards of dance education. All students are encouraged to attain their very best through the diverse opportunities offered to them these include Shows, Exams, Competitions and International Trips

Meet Our Teachers

Turning Pointe’s strength lies in its teachers and students. With a large faculty of teachers (the biggest in the UAE) Turning Pointe is able to offer each student the tailored coaching they need. Our serious, senior dancers benefit enormously from the many workshops and shows we produce each year, as well as offering our students the opportunity to take the internationally accredited examinations of the RAD and ISTD.

Meet Our Administration Team

Turning Pointe has an established Administration Team to help guide you to register for the most suitable dance class, whether for yourself or your child. All members of the Turning Pointe Team have several years of experience with us so know the ropes when it comes to Shows, Examinations, Registrations and just general questions. Please do not hesitate to give us a call on 800 DANCE (800 32623) or email info@turningpointe.ae


larisa roshan rozariolarisa roshan rozario
15:48 14 Oct 20
I have two daughters, Victoria and Valencia learning ballet at Turning Pointe. They have been with Turning Pointe since EY1. They love their... classes. I am so happy that they are with you. Since there was no end of year performance about a year or two ago, my husband was disappointed and told the girls to focus on studies. It broke my heart. I, being the mother, drove them every weekend for ballet lessons and brought them home too, for years. The girls and I were sad, but now, after a break of one year, we are back!!!🤗. I hope they learn well, and succeed💃🏻 The teachers have always been kind and loving to my girls.read more
Mary MartinMary Martin
13:51 27 Aug 20
Turning point is an amazing school that really care for and nurtures their students. Their staff are extremely hardworking and are a great... teamTheir shows are outstanding costumes are fabulous. Most of all the children LOVE it .I would definitely recommend themread more
Tina MorganTina Morgan
07:53 25 Aug 20
The teachers at Turning Pointe have always been great and my daughter loved each one. She did classical ballet, contemporary and modern dance. The... shows were professionally run and organised with amazing costumes, choreography and production! Ciara loved being a part of them. The office staff were always helpful and polite... well done team all in all! Highly recommend Turning Pointe for anyone!read more
Gill SparrowGill Sparrow
10:27 14 Aug 20
I'm a Mum who used Turning Pointe for 14 years. My daughter did Ballet to Grade 6 and then 3 years of contemporary. Over the years she had a variety... of teachers and loved all of them. They were friendly, caring and always treated her as an individual. She also participated in the TP Youth Ballet productions which gave a whole different dimension to learning .... lots of hard work was involved but she loved the buzz and excitement of it all. If you're looking for a professional dance team, then I highly recommend Turning Pointe, you won't be disappointed.read more


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