The core values and strengths of Centre Pointe are reflected in the students who have been trained by us, both personally and professionally. Our mission statement “excellence comes as standard” truly reflects how Centre Pointe operates and how we are perceived by the larger dance community and the professional industry. Our ethos is not only embedded within the keys areas such as training, facilities, staff and the courses we provide, but within all areas however small, we strive for excellence, and this facilitates the smooth and seamless running of the College.
In addition to the high standards which we pride ourselves upon, Centre Pointe also endeavors to provide a safe and transparent environment for both parent and student,whilst embedding a professional and diligent work ethos. Students feel safe and supported and they, understand what is expected of them, therefore they work consistently hard in class, and as such they are able to excel.
We value honesty, hard work and commitment and students who go on into the professional industry are well equipped not only physically, but also with the necessary interpersonal skills they need which have been developed throughout the course of their studies.
As a small and private college Centre Pointe offers a nurturing and caring environment in which students are able to flourish. We look to support the needs of each individual, where students are supported throughout their course with regular group tutorials and one on one meetings. Every student has regular opportunities to gain further support either from a pastoral, academic or professional perspective. The majority of students commute from home to Centre Pointe, however for those who cannot commute on a daily basis we can place students with a host family local to us during term time.
Centre Pointe was originally founded in 2003 by Caroline Wright as a pre-vocational training establishment for 3-18 year olds. The vision was to develop strong technical dancers for entry into Vocational schools.
Centre Pointe initially began with only two students in a small studio, though quickly expanded and established itself as a centre of excellence soon becoming one of the leading dance schools in the North west. Caroline's own teaching approach, alongside her staff who are all genre specific, and her obvious ability to get the best from each and every student was largely down to her own career and her own determination to succeed in the highly competitive world of dance.
In 2007, Centre Pointe moved to a larger and purpose built facility in Denton, Manchester, and it soon became apparent that Centre Pointe was able to provide exceptional training to a wider audience. It was in 2008 that the Centre Pointe Vocational College was developed and has continued to develop from strength to strength producing some exceptional dancers and teachers.
The launch of the BTEC lends itself to the current market, whereby students are expected to be 'triple threat' performers, and now more than ever students are entering into Higher Education before pursuing a professional dance career. By studying on our BTEC, students can ensure that they leave Centre Pointe having had the traditional Centre Pointe training of which is certainly recognisable at auditions and within the dance industry and most definitely facilitates immense success.
Centre Pointe has long since held an excellent reputation for producing outstanding dancers who have exceptional technique and artistry. Students travel far and wide to Centre Pointe which is testament to the outstanding reputation we hold. Students are taught by some of the leading teachers in the UK who are all genre specific. We pride ourselves on the diverse capabilities of our students across all genres of dance and performance, and the scope of opportunities available to students on graduation.