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.
The Hand in Hand Creative Dance Program
BDC’s Hand in Hand Creative Dance Program is a parent assisted class for dancers ages 2 – 3 ½ years of age. This class focuses on creative moment, motor skill development, imagination and story telling through movement. Share the joy of dance hand in hand with your dancer!
Our Pre-Ballet program is perfect for dancers ages 3 ½-5 ½ year old. This classes introduces basic ballet terminology in a joyful and age appropriate way. The syllabus focuses on motor skill development, coordination, balance, flexibility, strengthening, listen and rhythm skills as well as creative movement. This program is a wonderful preparation for our Fundamentals program.
The Fundamentals Program at BDC 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 and Acro dance. We are proud to be an Acrobatic Arts certified school.
Intensive Division Program
The Intensive Division (ID) is designed for the serious student with aspirations of pre-professional training. This program is graduated and has a required curriculum which is arranged by level. The curriculum includes ballet and at the appropriate age pointe, as well as enrichment classes in modern and jazz technique. Additional enrichment classes available include Hip Hop, Tap and Acro. 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 — usually around age 12 to 13, a beginning Pointe class will be offered. Although each dancer is 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 as well as our performing company, Bedford Dance Center Ensemble.
A student’s attendance in the required classes is of utmost importance to his/her training. This program is for the serious dancer and consistent attendance is mandatory. 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, or with our Ensemble.