Get to the Pointe Ballet Academy is devoted to giving each student every opportunity to become their best!

About Artistic Director

Get To the Pointe Ballet Academy offers combined classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet ages 3-18. GTTP Ballet Academy is our specialized program for students who are interested in the art of classical ballet, pointe work and contemporary ballet and desire to pursue excellence in ballet.

The Owner, Choreographer, & Ballet Instructor Sarah Lavana Ochs and her team founded Get to the Pointe Ballet Academy to share and cultivate the relentless passion for dance. Sarah Lavana Ochs is committed to her student’s success made evident by her self-sacrificing dedication and perseverance toward each student.


Originally from Monroe, Sarah Ochs danced with Twin City Ballet Company for 11 years. At the age of 18, she became an Artist- in- Residence with Twin City Ballet Company and performed with the company until the age of 21. Sarah has performed in multiple classical ballets as a soloist, such as the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and much more. She moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, in 2007, and studied dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She also has performed as a soloist for the ULL dance apartment. She has received training from Austin Ballet Company, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and Lafayette Ballet Theatre. Throughout the years, Sarah has received multiple scholarships from Twin City Ballet Company for her talent, dedication, and hard work. Among these scholarships, is the Cecilia Kelly Scholarship, which she received in 2005.She also performed with Twin City Ballet Company at the Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival in 2002 and 2003 and has received multiple scholarships at the Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival in 2002 and 2005. Sarah also received a scholarship to Lafayette Ballet Company to study Ballet in 2010.


Sarah is also the owner, teacher, and choreographer for “Get to the Pointe Ballet Academy, in Lafayette and Alexandra. She is also the artistic director for Red River Dance Theater Company, in Alexandria, LA. Sarah was the artistic director and choreographer for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Nutcracker, for Red River Dance. She also choreographed and was the artistic director for their spring ballet, of Peter and the Wolf, Alice in Wonderland, and most recently, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Policies Handbook & Calendar

2021-2022 Season
Performance dates:
Year end review at Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center : June
4, 2022

August 9- Classes begin
September 6- Labor Day – No classes
October 4 – 7- Parent observation October 25 – 29- Halloween costumes (optional)
November 1 -Deadline for all costume payments
November 15th – 19th – Parent observation week. Last 10 min of class. November 22 – 25- Thanksgiving holiday – No classes
November 29th – December 3rd – No classes at studio. Rehearsal week at theater. December 3rd – 4th – Rudolph Winter Revue!
December 13th – 17th – Christmas pajama week in class! December 20th – January 3rd -Christmas & New Year holiday – No class
February 7 – 10 -Parent observation
February 28 – March 1- Mardi Gras Holiday – No classes
April 4th – 7th – Parent observation (last one for the year)
April 18 – 22- Easter Holiday – No classes
April 25 -Classes resume
May 7 -Registration for fall 2022 Year end review at Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center : June
4, 2022