Syllabus

BDC’s syllabus is designed to meet the individual needs of any dancer, whether you aspire to train pre-professionally, or are looking to dance for the enjoyment. Classes are designed to develop a strong technical base and knowledge, as well as promoting artistic expression offering both a challenge and a joy. Students enrolled at BDC will have the opportunity to perform in our annual Festival of Dance in June.

Pre-Ballet Program

BDC’s creative movement classes place emphasis on developing motor skills, coordination, flexibility, muscle toning, and listening skills. Basic ballet terminology will be introduced while encouraging self-awareness and self-confidence through the use of the dancer’s imagination. This program provides an excellent basis for 3-5 year olds preparing for a more academic study of dance.

Fundamentals Program

The Fundamentals Program is designed for the beginner-intermediate level student. The curriculum introduces the dancers to correct body placement, dance terminology, basic positions and concepts of movement. This program is perfect for dancers, age 6 and up, focusing on the basic principles of dance technique while allowing the student to learn with enjoyment. Classes available in the Fundamentals Program include Ballet Technique, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap.

Intensive Division Program

The Intensive Division Program (IDP) is designed for the serious student with aspirations of pre-professional training. This program is graded by level and requires a minumum of two 1-1/2 hours ballet classes per week, and at the appropriate age pointe, as well as enrichment classes in modern and jazz technique. Additional enrichment classes available include Hip Hop and Tap. Dancers must be at least 8 years old to be enrolled in this program.

The IDP syllabus is designed to properly prepare the serious student in a logical and safe progression of skills. Once a student is able to demonstrate more solid technique and balance — usaually around age 12 to 13, a beginning Pointe class will be offered. Most students require 2 years to successfully complete the skills presented at each level.

Students enrolled in the Intensive Division are be permitted to audition for BDC’s annual production of The Nutcracker Suite in December.

A student’s attendance to the required classes is of utmost importance to his/her training. It is not conducive with our philosophy to participate in this program when lack of attendance is habitual. Students who do not attend their minimum required classes on a regular basis will not be permitted to audition and perform in the Nutcracker Suite.