Pointe Black


Pointe Black is a Black owned ballet company in the heart of Battersea. They offer creative ballet classes and provide a diverse & inclusive dance environment for all. Students enjoy the technique, foundations and therapeutic benefits of ballet, fused with aspects of Black culture. The school has also been rewarded with Leading Champions of Performing Arts Diversity – London by the UK Enterprise Awards 2021.

Inspired by her own experience, Ruth Essel created Pointe Black to make ballet a safe place to focus on the best way to develop ballet as an art form; by being yourself.

In class, children and adults are encouraged to practice self-expression, basic movements, musicality, creativity and coordination, embrace cultural roots, have fun, make memories and long lasting friendships. The adult classes are also a fusion of ballet with fitness where it doesn’t matter the shape, size, or shade of your body and all are encouraged to be themselves.

Upcoming events:

Creative Intensive Week:

 From Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th October (October half-term), Pointe Black will be holding an Intensive Week, where students will meet everyday to work on creativity and imagination, utilising that in dancing and performances. There will be workshops around ballet history, technique, and confidence.

  • G Troupe (3-5 year olds): 9am – 10am
  • J Troupe (5-10 year olds): 10am – 12:30pm
  • B Troupe (up to 3 years old): 2pm – 3pm


Come and enjoy Pointe Black’s first annual ballet show this Black History Month. RISE to the occasion as they put their spin on the classic story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’.

Expect to be moving in your seats, with a fusion that puts culture into ballet. RISE to the occasion this October for this one night only family event to support Pointe Black.

Follow Fifi as she overcomes challenges of moving into a new area, where she is different from everybody. Unlike the classic tale ‘The Ugly Duckling’, Fifi is not the only one who is transformed…

Suitable for all ages, for all the family to enjoy. Under 5’s go free! Concession price for under 12s, students and over 60s.

 Date: Sunday 31st October

Time: 3pm

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Classes Timetable:

Every Saturday:

  • Adult Class: 12noon – 1pm
  • B Troupe (up to 3 years old): 1pm – 1.30pm
  • G Troupe (3-5 year olds): 1.30pm – 2pm
  • J Troupe (5-10 year olds): 2pm – 3pm


 Address: St. John Bosco College in Battersea Parkham St, London SW11 3DQ, United Kingdom (Free parking is available on site and on surrounding roads. Nearest stations: Battersea Park, Clapham Junction)



Phone: 07432 603 419


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