Children’s Ballet (I-IV)
These classes (ages 7 to 11) take the student through a careful syllabus of ballet steps starting with simple barre exercises and progressing to intermediate work. Students in the first and second year of ballet also explore modern dance and improvisation.
Intermediate Variations and Partnering
This class is for dancers at the Intermediate or Advanced level and will focus on classical ballet variations and partnering skills. There will be a focus on technique, performance quality, artistry, and character. Partnering will start with the basics and progress to more advanced partnering skills and lifts.
Pre-Pointe, Pointe I, II, III, IV
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 in higher levels. Prerequisite: teacher and director approval.
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 and a variety of modern dance techniques.
An organic approach to movement where dancers are encouraged to dig deep, dance big, dance loud, and find quiet. In a safe yet challenging environment, emphasis will be placed on finding the correct point of initiation in the body to achieve maximum range of motion and anatomically correct, energy efficient movement. We will continue to develop skills in floor work, inversions, jumps, and traveling steps. Dancers should have some basic knowledge of modern dance, but most importantly a willingness to push their own physical and mental boundaries.
Youth Contemporary Modern
Dancers ages 9-12 explore elements of energy, space, and time through imagery-based exercises and guided improvisations. Students will learn body mechanics, gain strength and flexibility, and increase range of motion and coordination. This class is designed to physically and mentally challenge dancers as they develop skills in floor work, inversions, jumps, and traveling steps.
Students will start with the basics of heels, toes, and brushes and combine these steps into longer dance combinations to create rhythmic movement patterns. At higher levels, 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 character heels are acceptable for Theater Tap.
Starting with the basics of jazz steps, isolations, and stretches, students will be taken through a curriculum of dynamic dance that is closely tied to the music. At higher levels, classes include jumps, turns and longer combinations.
Students will learn foundation steps and moves of various hip hop styles such as Popping, Locking, House, and Breakin’, while incorporating freestyle to encourage each dancer’s personal style.
Core Strength for Dancers
This class is for the serious dancer who wishes to increase his/her strength and stability in the core. Using the most up-to-date information and research on body conditioning, dancers will be guided through a comprehensive and thoughtfully designed workout that will improve balance, stability, control, and overall ability and confidence.
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, dancers focus on alignment and breath while moving with specificity, efficiency, and ease in order to build a strong center so that in dance, you can fly.
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.
Move A Little
“Move A Little” is a class designed to help people keep moving despite the physical challenges of aging, injuries, and illness. Join us to increase your physical confidence through careful participation in exercises for range of motion, individual expression, balance, and strength. The need to work at one’s own pace and listen carefully to your own internal cues will be encouraged and supported. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. All levels of fitness are welcome. Come join us and move a little!
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.
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 leads the program and helps mentor students. Guest Teachers will be scheduled for workshops during these Sunday classes as well.
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.
CREATIVE DANCE for CHILDREN
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 (3-4 & 5-6)
These classes are designed to help the young student (3-6 in September) explore and expand large motor movements. Students learn flexibility exercises and beginning concepts of music, with emphasis on creative movement and imagination.
Creative Hip Tap (5-6)
Creative Hip Tap is an exciting exploration of rhythm and movement for 5 and 6 year olds. The basic elements of hip hop and tap will be introduced with creative story telling and music concepts.
Creative Dance 3-4: For children ages 3-4 years old in September
Creative Dance 5-6: For children ages 5-6 years old in September
Children’s Classes: These classes prepare children 7-11 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. They progress through levels, with Level I being the most beginning and Level IV being the highest. Imaginative games help facilitate the learning experience, while combinations foster memory development.
Youth Classes: These classes are for dancers 9-14 years old and use a more focused and disciplined approach to the curriculum, which progresses from Levels I to III. Classes without a numeric level are taught as multi-level for Beginning and Advanced Beginning students.
Beginning: For teens and adults who have no previous experience with dance or the style of dance. Eleven-year-olds with an adult work ethic are permitted.
Advanced Beginning: For teens and adults with some experience in the style of dance or previous experience in other styles of dance that can carry over. Eleven-year-olds with adequate experience are permitted.
Low Intermediate: For teens and adults who are ready to expand their capabilities and techniques but wish to do so at a slower pace than an Intermediate class. Eleven-year-olds with adequate experience are permitted.
Intermediate: For teens and adults who are ready to build their knowledge of the dance style through expanded combinations and exercises that increase strength, flexibility, and dance vocabulary. Students should be 13 or have the director’s approval.
Advanced: For teens and adults 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.