Thank you to all who came out to the audition for A Child’s Christmas in Wales this past Saturday! We had such a blast seeing everyone’s talents and enthusiasm, and had a fantastic turn-out, especially with the youngsters!

We will be sending out casting notices and a more detailed rehearsal schedule within the next couple days, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, we’d like to put out a call to our adult friends, dancers, and parents. We have such a fantastic representation of children and teens for this show, and we are trying to fill it out with more adults! If you are an adult and are interested in minimal rehearsals and maximal fun, please consider joining this production.


Based on “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas, this performance will be a beautiful way to celebrate holiday cheer in a way that promotes community and creativity.

Friday, Dec. 21, 7pm
Saturday, Dec. 22, 7pm
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2pm

Performances will be at BSD. We will be transforming the studio into a beautiful performance space that inspires feelings of warmth and intimacy.


Rehearsals will be on weekends (exact times & dates TBA), with tech week running Dec. 17-20 in the early evenings.

We are looking for adults to fill minor character roles with a bit of dancing for some!

If you like to sing in a chorus, let us know! We have a few spots open for singers as well!

Please contact to express your interest and for more information.

Our Love,


This year, we will be producing a more intimate holiday performance that weaves together dance, live music, and storytelling. Based on “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas, this performance will be a beautiful way to celebrate holiday cheer in a way that promotes community and creativity.


Friday, Dec. 21, 7pm
Saturday, Dec. 22, 7pm
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2pm

Performances will be at BSD. We will be transforming the studio into a beautiful performance space that inspires feelings of warmth and intimacy.


Saturday, Sept. 22, 2pm: Children ages 5-10
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2:45pm: Youth/Teens/Adults ages 11 +
Saturday, Sept. 22, 4pm: If you have a musical talent or would like a speaking role.
Please arrive early and warm!

Please note: Participation in this performance is not mandatory. Performing is an excellent way to gain skills in performing, memory retention, working together for a common goal, and overall professionalism in dance and theater. We highly encourage this experience, but please know it is not a requirement!

Adults & Children are equally encouraged to audition! There will be parts for all skill levels!

What to expect at the audition:
For Children ages 5-10 & Youth/Teens/Adults ages 11 +:
Wear whatever dance garb you wear for class. There will be a form for you to fill out – please arrive with a comprehensive list of all weekend conflicts from now until Christmas. We will lead you in a short warmup and then teach a couple short combinations. Then dancers will do the combinations in groups while we watch. No need to prepare anything ahead of time. For those who would like to audition en pointe, bring your shoes into the room and we will have a short pointe phrase at the end.

For those who wish to demonstrate a musical talent: Please come prepared with a short section of a song. We will not have accompaniment provided.

If you would like a speaking role: We will have you read from a section of the book. No need to prepare a monologue.


9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 – rehearsals with individual choreographers, time TBA
10/27 & 11/3 2pm-4pm – all cast rehearsals
11/10 – rehearsals with individual choreographers, time TBA
11/11 – 2pm-4pm – all cast rehearsal
11/17 – rehearsals with individual choreographers, time TBA
11/18 – 2pm-4pm – all cast rehearsal
12/1 – rehearsals with individual choreographers, time TBA
12/2 – 2pm-4pm – all cast rehearsal
12/8 – rehearsals with individual choreographers, time TBA
12/9 – 2pm-4pm – all cast rehearsal
12/15 – rehearsals with individual choreographers, time TBA
12/16 – 2pm-4pm – all cast rehearsal

There is a flat fee of $40 to participate in the show. This is to cover the cost of paying choreographers.

This production is being produced by BSD (not Company of Muses), and is a fundraiser for the school.

If you would like to be involved in the show but do not want to perform, please consider volunteering!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions! We are really excited to start working on this with you!

Our Love,

August 2018 Newsletter

Dear BSD Community,

As the Fall Semester draws near, I can’t help but look back over the past few months and feel grateful that we have such a wonderful and supportive group of dancers, teachers, parents, and supporters at our school. We have a dance school filled with people who are thoughtful, generous, and honorable, pursuing the powerful art of movement. BSD is a truly special place.

I am thrilled to continue working with such a rich community, and look forward to growing and deepening our understanding of how dance can be transformative in our lives and the lives of others.

If you have ideas, suggestions, needs that aren’t being met, constructive criticism, I would love to hear from you. Please take a moment to fill out this SURVEY. It is anonymous and extremely helpful to us, so please be as thorough and honest as you can.

Please read below for news, events, fall schedule information, and more!

All my love,


Intermediate/Advanced Intensive August 13-24.

It’s right around the corner, and we are gearing up for a fun and rigorous time back in the studio! Classes in Ballet, Modern, Pilates, and more. Our guest teachers this year are Michaela Rae Mann (ballet) and Angie Moon (contemporary modern) and we’ll of course have our amazing local teachers as well!

Register and pay in full by August 6th and receive a FREE BSD T-SHIRT!


We are really excited for this upcoming year. Whether you are a first time dancer, a pre-professional, or returning to class after years away, there is something for you.

Registration Week begins with our Swap Sale and Open House on August 25th 12-3, and continues through August 31st. Swing by the studio between 12pm and 5pm to register in person, or you can register online starting as early as next week.

Open House Party & Swap Sale w/ Pop-Up Shop from Windham Movement Apparel: August 25, 12-3 @ BSD.

In preparation for the coming semester, we are holding a Swap Sale where students and parents can find new and used dance apparel for all sizes (of bodies and wallets)!

If you have dancewear that you or your child does not want/need anymore, please consider donating them to this event!

There will be a box (marked “Swap Sale Donations”) situated outside BSD in the garage area off of Green Street (across from the Shriners Hall.) Drop your donations into the box, and voila! You will be helping your dance neighbors, your closet’s sense of wellbeing, and BSD! Please freshly wash all donations, and make sure they are in good condition.

All used goods at the Swap Sale will be sold BY DONATION.

All proceeds of the sale go towards the BSD Betterment Fund, which aims to raise money for such things as new paint, equipment, air conditioning units, cleaning, curtains, and general betterment of the BSD space.

Windham Movement Apparel Pop-Up Shop

Francesca will bring some fabulous selections from her store, including tights, ballet shoes, leotards, shorts, and more!

Learn About the School and Pre-Register for Classes!

We’ll be here talk with you about you and/or your child taking class at BSD. We can walk you through the schedule find the best classes for your needs!

You will leave the Swap Sale excited and ready for the semester ahead!

If you would like to volunteer at this event, please email

BSD Senior Company Presents: TOGETHER!

…an evening of duets, dualities, and dance exploring what it means to be together.

Show dates: August 24th and 25th @8pm and 26th @6pm
Location: Rotary Ampitheater Stage at Memorial Park, Brattleboro VT

Tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase right before each show at Memorial Park.

This is an outdoor event – bring a blanket, a lawn chair, a picnic, some bug spray, and your friends!

Photos from the Spring Show, Words to Move by, are now available!

The ever-talented Zachary Stephens took some amazing shots. Take a look HERE!


We have new BSD T-Shirts! They are now available for sale ($20) at the studio. Get yours today, while sizes last!

Save the Dates:

August 25th
Swap Sale at BSD 12-3pm

August 24th, 25th, 26th
Senior Company Performance at Memorial Park

September 1st
Company of Muses Scholarship Deadline for Fall Semester

September 4th
First Day of Fall Semester

Coming Up This Summer!

Thank You to All Who Came to Words to Move by!

We would like to express deep appreciation and gratitude to all who came out to our annual Spring Show, Words to Move by. With all proceeds going towards Company of Muses, an amazing non-profit that provides scholarships to dancers at BSD, we were able to raise enough money to keep meeting nearly 100% of need-based scholarships for the Summer and Fall semesters! The show drew a resounding positive response from the community, and choreographers, technicians, and dancers alike should be very proud of what they accomplished. It is always such a reward to experience the fruits of so much labor – while performing on stage! We are already excited for next year’s show!



Summer Dance Intensive 6/18-7/6

This Summer is chock full of amazing dance opportunities at BSD. The first thing on our list is the legendary Summer Dance Intensive. Take up to 4 classes a day in ballet, modern/contemporary, hip hop, stepping, composition, Pilates/conditioning, and more! Guest teachers this year include Gierre Godley, Rob Royce, Jesse Tidquist, Indah Walsh, Rohan Bhargava, Mike DiFilippo, Maxx Passion, and Hayley Swinbourne. And of course, we’ll have our fabulous house faculty including Jamie Gehring, Rachel Hebert, Carrie Towle, Jane LoMonaco, Bridget Struthers, and more!

If you want to take advantage of these amazing classes but can’t commit to the full intensive, feel free to drop in or apply classes from your class card (new this Summer!)

Make sure to REGISTER NOW to secure your spot!


Ongoing Summer Classes!

Now through August 11th, we are holding some amazing weekly classes. Check out the schedule HERE!

This Summer we are offering class cards which can go towards any class we hold over the Summer – including classes during the Summer Dance Intensive!

5 classes for $75, 10 classes for $150, and 20 classes for $275. Purchase your’s HERE, or just come early to class this week and we’ll get you all set up.


Please take a moment to give us your honest feedback!

BSD is continually evolving to meet the needs of our students and community. To make that possible, we need your input. If you were a student at BSD during the 2017-2018 dance year, please help us by completing THIS SURVEY.



We have new BSD T-Shirts! They are now available for sale ($20) at the studio. Get yours today, while sizes last!


Save the Dates:

September 1st – Company of Muses Scholarship Deadline for Fall Semester
September 4th – First Day of Fall Semester

Thank you for reading! We can’t wait to dance with you this Summer!!


Ongoing Summer Class Schedule:

5:30-7 Embody Pilates

4:30-6 Contemporary Ballet & Phrase-work
5:30-7 Embodyoga Pilates

4:30-5:30 Stepping (Beyonce Style)
5:30-7 Open Contemporary Modern

7:30-8:30am Embody Pilates
5:30-7 Intermediate Ballet
5:30-7 Beginning Ballet

5:30-7 Hip Hop

10am-12pm Advanced Intermediate Ballet


Guest Teacher Spotlight: Rohan Bhargava

Rohan is the artistic director of Rovaco Dance Company, and will be in residence and teaching during the 2nd week of the Summer Dance Intensive (June 25th-29th.)
He’ll be teaching contemporary and repertory all week – be sure not to miss it!

Dedicated to creating bold, innovative, and physical dance works, Rovaco’s mission is to tell intriguing and authentic stories through movement. The aim is to create art that entertains, builds community, and sparks conversations. Rovaco’s teaching philosophy focuses on anatomically sound practices that help the body reach its full movement potential. Combining ideas of release, initiation, expansion, and momentum, the company’s movement aesthetic is cathartic and invigorating.


Guest Teachers for the Summer Dance Intensive:

Rob Royce – Guest teacher June 18-21
Jesse Tidquist – Guest teacher June 18-21
Gierre Godley of Project 44 – Guest teacher June 18-22
Indah Walsh – Guest teacher July 2-6
Mike DiFilippo – Guest teacher June 22-23 & 29-30
Maxx Passion – Guest teacher June 22



Want to receive our monthly newsletter in your inbox? Join our mailing list HERE and keep up with BSD all year round!

Amirah Sackett Hip Hop Workshop

The hip-hop group We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic was conceived of by dancer Amirah Sackett in 2011, a moment Sackett referred to as “a really tumultuous time in history as far as Islam is concerned.”Determined to shift the terms of the conversation, she teamed up with dancers Iman and Khadijah to create WMDC, a three-woman performance group that executes flawless hip-hop numbers in niqab and high-tops.

“I wanted to flip the script,“ Sackett told Bust Magazine. “I wanted to educate others and reflect the beauty that I know and love in Muslim women. Yes, there are oppressed women in the Muslim world. Women are oppressed the world over. These are our mutual struggles.”

This performance includes a short talk with the artist.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets and register for the workshop. Find the Facebook event HERE and help us spread the word!

A huge thank you to Sandglass Theater & Southern Vermont Dance Festival for presenting this wonderful opportunity and to Windham Movement Apparel for co-sponsoring it with us. Thanks to Windham Regional Career Center Dance Program and The Putney School for partnering to provide exciting workshops throughout the week.

Amirah Sackett is an internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Amirah was honored as one of the first female hip-hop artists to receive the Jerome Travel/Study grant in 2008 and traveled to Rotterdam, Holland to study and train at Hip Hop Huis, a center in Europe for hip-hop artists. She curated the international festival for women in Hip-Hop, B-Girl Be in 2009-2010 at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, MN.

In 2011, Amirah formed the all-female, American Muslim trio called ‘We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic’. They were featured in rapper Brother Ali’s music video “Mourning in America”. Amirah and her dancers, Iman and Khadijah, were honored to receive the prestigious Sage Cowles Award “Best Ensemble Performance” for the performance of her choreography “Mourning in America” in 2013. In 2014, Amirah traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of “Next Level”, a hip-hop cultural exchange program by the U.S. State Department and University of North Carolina.

In April 2016, Amirah was honored to be part of “Caravanserai- American Voices”, a Midwest tour of American Muslim hip-hop artists, including The Reminders, Dj Man-O-Wax and fellow dancer Mary Mar a.k.a B-Girl Mama. In 2016, Amirah and her work “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic” reached viral video fame, after being featured in videos online by PopSugar Celebrity, Huffington Post, AJ+, and Upworthy with millions of views each. She was honored to perform and lecture at Harvard University as a guest of the Graduate School of Education. She was chosen to be a Tedx speaker at TedxAmoskeagMillyard in New Hampshire. Huffington Post featured Amirah in their article “17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great In 2016”. She most recently traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii for a residency funded by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic arts, at a museum dedicated to Islamic art from around the world called Shangri La.

She continues to tour, teach, perform around the country and in her hometown of Chicago. Amirah believes hip-hop culture, as a whole, gives voice to those often unheard and is a way to uplift, inspire, and bring change to those communities that need it the most.

Call for Choreography!

We are in search of choreography submissions to be set on the Brattleboro School of Dance Senior Company for performances on August 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2018. We want to see your beautiful amazing work!

To submit your work please send:

  • A description of your piece concept/idea, including piece length and number of dancers you wish to work with (pieces must be no longer than 25 minutes)
  • Choreographer’s bio and contact info
  • Video link or DVD of the piece you wish to submit, OR a sample of your other choreography

Submissions are due MAY 12th! Student choreographers are welcome. Please send submissions to OR to Brattleboro School of Dance, 22 High Street, Brattleboro VT 05301.

Choreographers will be notified of acceptance of their submissions by May 30th. Selected choreographers should also be available for the dancers’ audition and casting meeting on Saturday, June 9th from 1:00-4:00.

We look forward to seeing your work! Please email Rachel with any questions.

April Break 4/16-22

April Vacation begins Monday, 4/16 and runs through Sunday, 4/22! There will be no regularly scheduled classes with the exception of the following make-ups:
Monday 4/16
5:30-6:30pm Embody Pilates
Tuesday 4/17
5:30-7:00pm Embodyoga Pilates
6:30-8:00pm Beginning Tap
Wednesday 4/18
4:00-5:30pm Youth Ballet IV/V
4:30-5:30pm Advanced Beginning Rhythm Tap
Thursday 4/19
7:30-8:30am Embody Pilates
6:00-7:00pm Youth Hip Hop II
Friday 4/20
5:00-7:00pm Advanced Beginning Theater Jazz
Saturday 4/21
9:00-10:00am Zumba
Have a wonderful week! Regular classes will resume Monday, April 23rd!

Coming Up!

Variations Special Workshops

April 6th & April 13th – Gamzatti Variation
5pm – 6pm
This variation is from the ballet La Bayadere. It is an energetic and joyful variation with lots of grande allegro. It is danced before Gamzatti’s wedding in act II of La Bayadere.

There will be a make-up class held for the Spanish Doll variation on Friday, April 20th, 5pm-6pm 

April 27th & May 4th – Dulcinea Variation 
5pm – 6pm
This variation is from the ballet Don Quixote. It is a graceful and elegant variation, requiring strength and balance. Dulcinea is a beautiful and perfect vision that appears to Don Quixote, turning his heart away from Kitri.

$40/variation series (2 classes)
$100/all three variations (6 classes)
(prices reflect the amount of preparation that goes into teaching each variation)

APRIL BREAK is right around the corner…

And we are holding a mini-intensive that will keep you in shape – creatively AND physically!

We invite you to join us for a 3 day contemporary dance creation workshop for dancers age 9 and up (including adults!)

Dates & Times: 
Monday, April 16th9am-2pm
Tuesday, April 17th9am-2pm
Wednesday, April 18th9am-6pm (this includes an informal studio showing that is open to the public)

Each day will be structured as follows

We will begin the day with an hour-long improv-based warm up where students will explore different ways of moving and expand their physical limits.

The second hour will consist of a choreography and composition class where dancers learn choreographic tools and methods.

We will have a snack/lunch break during which time we will show videos of work by some of the greatest contemporary choreographers of today.

Students will work individually AND as a group to create a dance that will be shown on the last day. This time will include a showing and feedback session so that we can develop ways of seeing and talking about dance in a constructive and supportive way.

On Wednesday, April 18th we will have the regular schedule with the following additions:

Snack break and planning session with costume prep.


Informal studio showing for parents and friends.

$150 for the entire workshop
$15 drop-in for 9am-10am improv class

Register by April 9th
For for more info and to register, please email:

Winter Break Schedule

Our Winter Carnival Break begins Monday, February 19th and runs through Sunday, February 25th! There will be no regular classes over break, but the schedule for the make-up classes we will be holding is listed below:

Monday 2/19
5:30-6:30pm Youth Contemporary Modern
6:30-7:30pm Open Contemporary Modern
Tuesday 2/20
5:30-7:00pm Embodyoga Pilates
Thursday 2/22
3:45-4:30pm Creative Hip Tap 5-6
4:30-5:15pm Children’s Ballet I/II

Stay safe, and have a wonderful break!