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 or classes for both adults and children. In 2012, Jennifer Moyse became the owner and new director of the school in order to continue serving the Brattleboro community’s dance needs, and to fulfill her dream of directing a high-quality dance center that would train technically strong and artistically versatile dancers.
Consistent with Ms. Keller’s philosophy, Mrs. Moyse and the school’s staff continually work to create a friendly, supportive atmosphere where anyone who wishes to dance is encouraged to do so. The school strongly believes that dance can be a vital aspect in the lives of both men and women, whether they wish to enjoy its benefits as recreation or to pursue a career in dance. The school also believes that students learn most effectively when presented with maximum challenge and support, and when the artistry and fun of dance is not forgotten.
Opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities are varied. 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.