Course Descriptions

Listed below are descriptions for the various classes offered. If you’d like to read about the class levels, specifically, you can scroll to the bottom of the page or click here.

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Toddlers’ Movement
This class, for toddlers and their parents, introduces the very young child to large motor movements and some simple music concepts. Emphasis is placed on creative movements, songs, and rhymes.

Creative Dance (III-VI)
These classes are designed to help the young student (3-7) explore and expand large motor movements. Students learn flexibility exercises and beginning concepts of music, with emphasis on creative movement and imagination.

Children’s Ballet (I-IV)
These classes (ages 7 and up) take the student through a careful syllabus of ballet steps starting with simple barre exercises and progressing to advanced work. Students in the first and second year also explore modern dance and improvisation.

Ballet
Youth Ballet V: This class continues the progressive curriculum taught in Children’s Ballet I-IV and prepares students 11 to adult for entry into Intermediate level ballet classes.
Beginning, Advanced Beginning: These class for teenagers and adults with little or no previous experience introduce the basic steps in ballet.
Low Intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced: Each of these classes expands the dancer’s knowledge of ballet steps by developing longer combinations which require more strength and coordination.

Pointe I, II, III
These classes introduce the student gradually to the important elements and new strength needed to do pointe work. Variations from classical ballet are often used to enhance the student’s strength and grace. Prerequisite: teacher approval.

Modern
Children’s Modern, Beginning/Advanced Beginning, Intermediate Modern: These classes combine a natural lyricism with the imaginative use of rhythm. Stress is placed on body alignment, the dancer’s relationship with space, and the use of imagery in understanding movement. Classes also incorporate the elements of experiential anatomy.  Intermediate classes are for more advanced dancers who wish to expand their capabilities and techniques.

Tap
Beginning/Advanced Beginning is especially designed for the teenager or adult with little or no previous experience. Students will learn basic tap steps and then combine these steps into longer dance combinations. Intermediate Tap is for tappers with more experience. Students will learn more complicated steps and longer combinations. Theater Tap focuses on the dance involved in the Broadway tradition, while Rhythm Tap focuses on the musicality involved in the Jazz tradition.  Sturdy, low heeled, lace-up tap shoes are recommended but heels are acceptable for Theater Tap.

Children’s Tap
For children ages 7 and up, these classes teach the basic elements of tap from toes, heels and shuffles to traditional rhythmic patterns.  Imaginative games help facilitate the learning experience while tap combinations foster memory development.

Jazz
Children’s Jazz: This class teaches the basics of jazz steps, isolations and stretches in a supportive environment and at an age-appropriate pace (ages 7-10 years).
Beginning, Intermediate: These classes for teens and adults will introduce the dancer to the basic concepts of jazz technique while stressing isolations, core strength, and flexibility.
Intermediate Jazz: Furthers the jazz dancer’s development including jumps, turns and longer combinations.
Theater Dance: Emphasizes the basics of Broadway dance in various styles including jazz, ballet and hip hop as they are used in musical theater.

Hip-Hop
Beginning, Intermediate: Students will learn foundation steps and moves of various hip hop styles such as Popping, Locking, Boogaloo, House and Breakin, while incorporating freestyle to encourage each dancer find his/her own personal flavor.
Children’s Hip Hop: This class teaches kids (ages 7-10) the basic foundation steps of hip hop dancing in fun ways and at an age-appropriate pace.

Children’s/Boys Breakin’
This class for children ages 7-10 will explore free-styling as well as the foundation steps and moves of original Hip-Hop dance styles. The curriculum is rooted in the principles of martial arts which teach respect, courage, and discipline. Breaking is an energetic and acrobatic dance style which is perfect for dancers who love to get down and express themselves to the beat.

Embody Pilates
This class is based on exercises developed by Joseph and Clara Pilates. The floorwork exercises tone all of the body’s muscles, especially the abdominals. Within each exercise you will focus on your alignment and breath while moving with specificity, efficiency, and ease. You will build a strong center so that in dance, you can fly.

Embodyoga/Pilates
This class combines the core conditioning of Pilates Mat Work with the power and flexibility of Yoga poses and deep relaxation to stretch and strengthen the body. Exercises in experiential anatomy help the student “embody” the work, bringing mindful consciousness to deeper and deeper levels of their physical being.

Therapeutic Dance
This class is designed to address the needs of dancers in recovery from injuries, dancers who are “re-entering” dance training after a break, or older dancers who still prefer the dance class atmosphere (with music!) over other forms of exercise, but without the physical stress of leaps, jumps and tricky combinations.  The goal is to provide a supportive, dance-oriented workout that is paced to allow for conscientious exploration of technique as it suits individuals.  The class will be an amalgam of elements drawn from ballet barre, standard stretches and strengthening exercises, yoga, effort/shape, breath work, and modern dance.  Those who simply want to supplement their current workout/training program with this type of class are also welcome.

Acting For Dancers
In this class, the trained dancer will learn techniques to expand their vocabulary of expression.  Through a syllabus of exercises drawn from theater, photography and dance students will learn to express their emotions while dancing. They will develop skills in stage presence, relationships, matching quality of movement, evoking mood, and characterization. Dancers will be able to  enhance their performing and auditioning skills while learning how facial expression, muscle control , and body language can inform choreography.

Pre-Professional Program
This three hour weekly class takes advanced dancers through a variety of modern, contemporary, and ballet styles for the dancer who wishes to pursue a career in dance.  Students will explore repertory from contemporary ballet and modern companies, as well as original combinations, variations, performance techniques and a multitude of styles of dance.  Mucuy Bolles will lead the program and help mentor students.  Many Guest Teachers will be scheduled for workshops during these Sunday classes as well.

Zumba
Zumba is a dance fitness workout that feels like a party!  It uses international rhythms and dance steps to create an aerobic workout that’s fun.  At BSD we encourage personal modifications, toning moves, and singing along!  More people stick with Zumba more than any other workout, because it’s fun.  It doesn’t feel like work.



Class Levels

Creative Dance III/IV:  For children ages 3-4 years in September                            Creative Dance V/VI: For children ages 5-6 years in September
Children’s classes: These classes prepare children 7-10 years old to enter into advanced beginning, low intermediate and intermediate level classes when they turn 11 or 12.  The classes are more developmentally appropriate and often add fun elements that appeal to this age range.
Children’s Modern is for students ages 9-12, since children ages 7 and 8 are exposed to modern in Children’s Ballet I and II.
Beginning: For teens and adults (11 and up) who have no previous experience with dance or the style of dance.
Advanced Beginning: For teens and adults (11 or 12 years with adequate experience) with some experience in the style of dance or previous experience in other styles of dance that can carry over.
Low Intermediate: For teens and adults (11 or 12 years with adequate experience) who are ready to expand their capabilities and techniques but wish to do so at a slower pace than an intermediate class.
Intermediate: For teens and adults (must be 13 or director’s approval) who are ready to build their knowledge of the dance style through expanded combinations and exercises that increase strength, flexibility and dance vocabulary.
Advanced: For teens and adults (must be 13) who are ready to be challenged with harder combinations, more in-depth technique explorations and the artistic qualities required for performance.  Advanced ballet students are encouraged to take at least the barre portion of class in pointe shoes, if not the whole class.  Teacher approval required for advanced level classes.

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