BDC Class Levels & Program Structure

AGES 4 & UNDER

Dance class is a delightful place for tiny dancers to explore 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 most holiday breaks, but continue through the summer. More Info

 

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 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.

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.

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 developmentally appropriate as in they are 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.

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.

2nd Grade and older:  Level 1 & 2

Levels 1 & 2 are when dancers begin to seriously train in specific dance disciplines. Beginning dancers are welcome.

Level 1       1 class/week - Ballet, Modern or Tap 

Level 2      2 classes/week - 1 Ballet + 1 Modern (Tap can be taken as an additional class)

 

LEVELS 3-8

Required classes

Level 3-5            2 Ballet, 1 Modern

Level 6                2 Ballet, 1 Modern, 2 Pointe/Pre-Pointe, 2 Ballet Repertory

Level 7 & 8         2 Ballet, 2 Pointe, 2 Ballet Repertory, 1 Modern, Modern Repertory, Pilates

elective classes

Level 3               Tap, Aerial

Level 4               Pre-Pointe, Jazz, Composition, Tap, Aerial

Level 5               Pointe/Pre-Pointe, Ballet Repertory, Jazz/Contemporary, Composition, Tap, Aerial 

Level 6               Jazz/Contemporary*, Composition,* Tap, Aerial

Level 7, 8           Jazz/Contemporary*, Jazz/Contemporary Repertory*, Composition*, Tap, Aerial

*no additional charge for Advanced Unlimited Students

Advanced Students training at other studios may take advanced level Ballet or Modern technique classes at BDC. They will not perform with these classes in the spring.

 

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. All students, including Advanced Unlimited students, pay additional tuition to take these classes.