Brattleboro School of Dance was founded in 1976 by Kathleen Keller, who recognized the need in the community for a dance center that would provide a wide variety of classes for both adults and children. From 2012-2017, Jennifer Moyse owned and director of BSD, and in 2018, Bridget Struthers took the helm as the new owner-director.
Consistent with Ms. Keller’s philosophy, Ms. Struthers and the BSD staff continually work to create a friendly, supportive atmosphere where anyone who wishes to dance can do so. Dance can be a vital benefit in the lives of both men and women, whether as lifelong recreation or with the goal of pursuing a career in dance. We also believe that students learn most effectively when presented with maximum challenge and support, and when the artistry and fun of dance is not forgotten. BSD continues with the goal of serving the Brattleboro community’s dance needs with a high-quality dance center to train technically strong and artistically versatile dancers.
Students enjoy opportunities to participate in extra-curricular dance activities and performances. Demonstrations and participation in community events provide a connection between the school and the Brattleboro area community. BSD dancers have performed at Strolling of the Heiffers, the Wellness In Windham Health Fair, and other community events. In addition, the school often holds social events which build community within the school’s student body, such as sleep-overs and dance parties. Encouragement and assistance is provided for all who wish to audition for admittance to schools which provide more intensive training. To this end, BSD hosts auditions for the Rock School of Dance Education and Burklyn Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive Programs.
Best loved and attended, however, are the school’s performances, which have included ballets and professionally produced dance concerts, recitals every spring and varied Nutcracker performances over many holiday seasons. In the past, BSD has collaborated with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, the Moscow Ballet and the Vermont Performance Lab on performances. The school continues to provide performing opportunities within the community which range from informal all-inclusive events to semi-professional productions and company shows.
The Brattleboro School of Dance is recognized not only for its excellence, but also for the combination of learning experiences, group interaction, and community involvement that has earned it respect and admiration since 1976.