By Nick Poust
From Noblesville to Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and beyond, Rob Moore is back, ready to impact the dance community in his hometown.
This past summer, Moore, a Noblesville native, returned after a long and successful dance career, with his wife and fellow dancer, Pollyanna Ribeiro, to open their own dance studio, En Pointe.
While En Pointe opened its doors in August, it was officially introduced by Noblesville mayor John Ditslear and members of the Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting Nov. 2.
Recently retired ballet dancers, Moore and Ribeiro said they strive to make En Pointe a place where children and adults alike can learn the ballet technique they have honed over 40-plus years of professional dance training. En Pointe offers everything from pre-ballet classes to ballet for adults.
“I just want to pass my knowledge along and educate people and create a beautiful school that is teaching proper ballet,” Ribeiro said. “It’s a dream come true. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”
Moore danced for Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Smuin Ballet in San Francisco. Ribeiro, a native of Brazil, danced in Rio de Janeiro, then for Boston Ballet before retiring from the stage and teaching at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet Schools. For both, they said it wasn’t just dancing that made them tick; it was teaching that made their overall experiences so rewarding.
“Throughout our careers, even when we started, we were teaching,” Moore said. “It was always a passion of ours. We always knew we wanted to teach. When we got something out of a student that they didn’t know they could do, that, to me, was like a performance. It gave me that feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that I could help someone and make them better.”
Now with their own dance studio, Moore and Ribeiro hope to have many more opportunities to impact students.
“We really embrace the opportunity to do it the way we want to, to create the atmosphere we want,” Moore said. “We don’t want to change ballet; we want to enhance it. It’s really exciting.”
For more, visit www.enpointeindiana.com, or call 317-645-1448.