BDC Class Levels & Program Structure

AGES 4 & UNDER: Dance with me

Dance class can help tiny dancers grow their physical coordination, musicality, rhythm and social skills. Students in these classes must be accompanied by an adult (this is a great way for parents to connect with others in the community!) All classes are drop-in classes so you are welcome to swing by for a single class or purchase a class card. Classes follow the public school calendar, observing school breaks and holidays, but will continue through the summer.

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Ages 3-6:  music & dance

When students are ready to take class by themselves (without a parent) we welcome them to join our Music & Dance classes for PreSchoolers and Kindergarteners. There are three levels: Ages 3-4, Ages 4-5 and Ages 5-6. Placement is by developmental level not by previous dance experience. These classes use Creative Movement concepts to teach students fundamental dance technique, body awareness, spatial awareness, patterning, coordination, social skills, musicality, and the unique structure and culture of dance class.

Registration for these classes is by Session: September-December (4 months) and January-June (6 months). We highly recommend that students try a class before registering so that we can make sure it is good fit in terms of placement. Please email us at mail@bainbridgedancecenter.com to arrange a trial class.

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Ages 6-7:  introduction to technique

Introduction to Movement has been a fundamental class at BDC for decades. Gary Reed has taught this class for over 20 years and he uses concepts of brain development ("Brain Dance") to teach body awareness, spatial awareness, patterning, coordination, social skills, and musicality.

Our other Introduction to Technique classes are based in the culture of different techniques (ballet and tap) but are still rooted in a Creative Movement curriculum. Placement is by developmental level not by previous dance experience.

Registration for these classes is for the entire school year: September to June. We highly recommend that students try a class before registering so that we can make sure it is good fit in terms of placement. Please email us at mail@bainbridgedancecenter.com to arrange a trial class.

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AGES 8 & OLDER: Level 1

Levels 1 is for dancers in 2nd Grade and older. Placement is by developmental level not by previous dance experience. Beginning dancers are welcome. This is a wonderful level to try different disciplines in dance: Ballet, Modern and Tap. Students can take just one class per week or as many as they would like.

We recommend that beginning students who are a bit older (10 or 11) who would like to catch up with their age group start in Level 1 and take 2 ballet and 1 modern class per week.

Registration for these classes is for the entire school year: September through June. Unlike most things in our technological era, dance training requires consistency and focus. True progress is slow but incredibly rewarding. We ask that each dancer commit to a full year of training, prioritize attendance, and participate in the performance at the end of the year. We promise it will be worth it.

We highly recommend that students try a class before registering so that we can make sure it is good fit in terms of placement. Please email us at mail@bainbridgedancecenter.com to arrange a trial class.

Current BDC Class Schedule

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LEVELS 2-8: Pre-professional training program

In Levels 2-8 our dancers develop the self-discipline, professionalism and artistry that are essential for a professional dance career and, as we see time and time again, applicable to success in any rigorous academic or professional discipline. We honor equally the physical, emotional, and social development of our dancers. For many of them, BDC is their “safe place” and “home away from home” where they build life long friendships and mentorships.

Dancers in Levels 2-8 are required to take a certain number of classes a week and this increases in the upper levels. Dance requires significant strength and healthy alignment that is developed through the repetition of daily class.

Learning proper dance etiquette creates a professional atmosphere here at BDC and prepares our dancers to continue their training beyond our school. Dancers need to arrive early to class with proper hair and classroom attire. Essential to dance etiquette is showing respect for oneself, for other dancers, for teachers and for the shared space of our school.

Attendance is a priority. Missing class is detrimental to a dancer’s technical growth and disrupts the entire class when they are learning and rehearsing choreography. If students miss more than 3 classes in a semester, they may no longer be eligible to participate in the performance at the end of the year.

Registration for these classes is for the entire school year: September through June. Unlike most things in our technological era, dance training requires consistency and focus. True progress is slow but incredibly rewarding. We ask that each dancer commit to a full year of training, prioritize attendance, and participate in the performance at the end of the year. We promise it will be worth it.

We highly recommend that students try a class before registering so that we can make sure it is good fit in terms of placement.

Please email us at mail@bainbridgedancecenter.com to discuss placement and arrange a trial class.

Required classes for levels 2-8

Level 2

2 classes/week: Ballet 2 (Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm) + Modern 2 (Mondays 3:45-4:45pm). Your dancer may elect to also take Tap and/or Aerial & Circus Arts.

Level 3

3 classes/week: Ballet 3 (Wednesdays 4:00-5:15pm) + Ballet 3 (Thursdays 4:00-5:15pm) + Modern 3 (Mondays 5:30-6:45pm). Your dancer may also elect to take Tap and/or Aerial & Circus Arts.

Level 4

3 classes/week: Ballet 4 (Tuesdays 3:45-5:00) + Ballet 4 (Wednesdays 4:00-5:15) + Modern 4 (Thursdays 5:15-6:30). Your dancer may elect to take Jazz, Composition, Tap and/or Aerial & Circus Arts. Pre-Pointe is by invitation only.

Level 5

3 classes/week: Modern 5 (Mondays 3:45-5:15) + Ballet 5 (Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm) + Ballet 5 Technique & Repertory (Fridays 4:45-7:15). Your dancer may elect to also take Jazz, Composition, Tap and/or Aerial & Circus Arts.

Level 6

3 classes/week: Modern 6|7 (Mondays 6:45-8:10pm) + Ballet 6 Technique, Pointe & Repertory (Wednesdays 5:15-8:30pm) + Ballet 6|7 Technique, Pointe & Repertory (Saturdays 9:00am-12:30pm). Your dancer may elect to also take Jazz, Composition, Pilates, Tap and/or Aerial & Circus Arts.

Level 7

4 classes/week: Modern 6|7 (Mondays 6:45-8:10pm) + Pilates 7|8 (Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm) + Ballet 7|8 Technique, Pointe & Repertory (Wednesdays 5:15-8:30pm) + Ballet 6|7 Technique, Pointe & Repertory (Saturdays 9:00am-12:30pm). Dancers may elect to also take Jazz, Composition, Tap and/or Aerial & Circus Arts.

Level 8

4 classes/week: Modern 8 Technique & Repertory (Mondays 5:15-7:45pm) + Pilates 7|8 (Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm) + Ballet 7|8 Technique, Pointe & Repertory (Wednesdays 5:15-8:30pm) + Ballet 8 Technique, Pointe & Repertory (Saturdays 9:00am-12:30pm). Dancers may elect to also take Jazz, Composition, Tap and/or Aerial & Circus Arts.

tap & aerial/circus arts

Tap and Aerial/Circus Arts can be taken independently (you are not required to take ballet or modern). Students in Levels 3-8 can add these classes as electives to their program bundles during registration.

Jazz & composition

Jazz Classes and Composition Classes are elective classes for Levels 4 and above. Prerequisite classes are 2 Ballet Classes and 1 Modern Class per week.

Ballet, Modern, Jazz & tap Repertory

In Advanced Repertory Classes dancers experience the a pre-professional rehearsal process learning challenging choreography, practicing rehearsal etiquette, and growing their performance qualities. We provide opportunities for our dancers to interact with professional choreographers to inspire them and prepare them for a professional career in dance.

Each year the Ballet Repertory Program focuses on a classical story ballet that is performed at the Student Performance in June. Previous ballets have included Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, Giselle, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Coppelia and Les Sylphides (an original version created for our dancers by NYC-based choreographer Christopher Williams).

The Modern, Jazz and Tap Repertory classes learn seminal works by master choreographers (previous works have included Rainbow Etude by Donald McKayle and Energizer by Molissa Fenley) as well as original works by BDC Faculty members many of whom are professional choreographers and performers in the Seattle dance community. Repertory classes perform these works throughout the year for community celebrations on Bainbridge, at the annual BoostMeUp Festival in Seattle, and at the end of the year performance in June.

Pre-pointe & pointe progression

In pre-pointe shoes students do not go “all the way up in their shoes” which would place weight on their toes. This technique is safe for young dancers and helps them build the strength, alignment and articulation they need to be ready for pointe.

Level 4 (Ages 10-11) - 30 minutes of Pre-Pointe a week with a focus on building leg and torso strength and alignment.

Level 5 (Ages 11-12) - 60 minutes of Pre-Pointe & Ballet Repertory a week. This level performs in the Story Ballet with the advanced dancers.

Level 6 (Ages 12-13) - Dancers are invited to start pointe when they have the strength, proper alignment and technique to train safely in the shoes. Dancers who are still growing will be asked to talk with a doctor to assess the growth plates in their feet before starting pointe. If a dancer is too weak or too young when they start pointe, they can permanently damage the bones in their feet. 

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