Hello! Welcome to Bainbridge Dance Center.

Registration is open for our Summer Workshops and classes are filling up. Check out our 2019 BDC Summer Workshop Schedule

Buy Tickets for BDC’s 38th Annual Student Performance June 27-29



BDC offers pre-technique, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, aerial and composition classes for students Ages 3-18.

Adult ClassES

Join us for our ongoing Adult Classes: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Aerial, Tap and Pilates. Drop-ins welcome!

ages 4 & under

We offer creative movement classes for children Age 4 and under accompanied by an adult. Drop-ins welcome!


Spend your summer dancing! We offer week-long workshops in ballet, tap, creative movement, musical theater, circus arts, hip-hop, composition & site-based improvisation and more for Ages 4-18.


Birthday Parties

Come celebrate your birthday at BDC! We now offer Dance Parties and Circus Parties with fun themes for all ages.

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MAY 2019 BDC/ Bloedel reserve artist in residence: MOLISSA FENLEY (NYC)

BDC In-Studio Showing: Tuesday May 28th at 5pm


Molissa Fenley first came to BDC in September 2017 when she helped set Energizer (1980) on the Advanced Repertory dancers. She will return in May 2019 for a co-residency at the Bloedel Reserve and Bainbridge Dance Center. During her residency she will be creating the fifth section of her work The Cosmati Variations, a work set to the third and final Construction by John Cage inspired by the Cosmati mosaics in Rome. This new work will be performed at an In-Studio Showing on Tuesday May 28th at 5pm and at the Seattle International Dance Festival on Saturday June 15th at 8pm. 

BDC Director Christiana Axelsen is excited to be performing in this new work!

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MAY 2019 BDC Artist In Residence: Lynn Tofil (Seattle)


Things That Need To Be Done is a durational dance that explores the subject of high functioning mental illness, and the ways it forces an individual to operate. Over the span of 6 hours, one dancer navigates non-emotional studies of effort through poignant and fine tuned movement, manipulation of physical materials, and a jam session to a 60’s playlist. Through building and breaking patterns, this work bears the question, “how much of my illness is my identity?”

Choreographer Lynn Tofil and her collaborator/performer Alexandra Beatty Spencer will be at BDC to rehearse this new work and will share an excerpt in an In-Studio Showing on Sunday the 26th.


Lynn Tofil (creator) is a choreographer, dancer, and writer interested in art with an allegiance to truth. She has worked in Seattle since 2014, with artists such as Pat Graney, Wade Madsen, and Dylan Ward, among others. She is currently a member of HYPERNOVA Contemporary Dance Company. She directed and produced her dance film, Trials & Errors, in 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. That same year, she received her BS degree in dance from Wayne State University. She is a 2018 Artist Trust GAP Grantee, which helped fund her first independent production, Things That Need To Be Done. She writes about dance for SeattleDances.com. Alongside her dance work, she teaches Pilates regularly in the Seattle area.

Alexandra Beatty Spencer (collaborator/performer) is an artist invested in the revelatory practice of creation. She weaves a performative home in the articulation between movement and language. Since moving to Seattle, she has pursued movement practice with intent to establish dialogues between body, mind, and spirit. She shares these integrations as creator and performer, and believes in them as personal and pleasurable labor. She has performed locally in work by Kaitlin McCarthy, Britt Karhoff, Maya Soto, and Karin Stevens, among others; and presented her work No Lack through Ktisk Contemporary Dance in 2017. 



We are delighted to welcome Randall Anthony Smith to Bainbridge Dance Center back to BDC in June. As the répétiteur and assistant to the late choreographer Donald McKayle, Randall was here for a week in January to set McKayle’s Rainbow Etude on our most advanced dancers. His master classes and rehearsals were inspiring immersions in the movement language and artistic ideas of one of the most important, impactful and renown black American choreographers. Randall will return in June to coach the students before their end of the year performance.

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Bainbridge Dance Center

Mail: PO Box 10338

Location: 844 Madison Avenue North

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Email: mail@bainbridgedancecenter.com

Call: (206) 842-1497