Classes

Acro

Acro is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements.It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.

Ballet

BDA teaches the Cecchetti method of ballet, notable for its solid, unmannered approach that translates well into any choreographic style. Our classes promote creativity as students develop their sense of artistry and style, with a focus on technical mastery of posture, coordination, and muscular control. Annually, our eligible students prepare for examinations in the Cecchetti syllabus and our dedicated senior class comes to class twice weekly. At 12 years, interested students who have developed the necessary body, leg, and foot strength are considered for Pointe work. We offer an assessment for experienced dancers to ensure placement in the best possible level.

Creative Movement

Children ages three to four years can enjoy Creative Movement classes designed to teach an appreciation of dance fundamentals including movement and music in a caring and relaxed environment. Our teachers focus on expression, simplified pre-ballet concepts and steps, and fun. As with all of our classes at BDA, students are accompanied by a live pianist.

Hip Hop

Hip hop dance refers to social or choreographed street dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of the hip hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles such as breaking, locking, popping and improvisation.

Jazz

Our extremely popular jazz program is delivered at a lively pace in a fun and energized atmosphere. Dancers are exposed to steps and combinations to contemporary music to enable them to translate current dance styles, forms, and rhythms. While not mandatory, our students are encouraged to combine jazz and ballet training to round out their abilities and love of dance.

Lyrical

Combining classic ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques, Lyrical dance is both subtle and powerful. Students express music and feeling through choreography, combining complex and technical moves with universal human gesture to musical narrative. Commonly accompanied by contemporary music, voice and rich instrumental segments of current music, Lyrical dance uses movement as a means to interpret the emotional subtext of music.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre is a genre of theatrical performance in which singing, dancing and drama are combined and play an essential part in the telling of a story.

Tap

This high-energy class is a portal through which students can experience rhythm and music through study of coordinated steps designed to foster results. Motor skills and music are explored in combination in a fun and light-hearted atmosphere.

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