Brattleboro School of Dance opening 36th season

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BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro School of Dance is beginning its 36th fall season on Monday, Sept. 10. This season the studio is offering 35 different classes for adults and children. For adults and teenagers, 24 different classes of all levels will be offered in ballet, pointe, jazz, theater jazz, hip-hop, tap, modern, Zumba, Pilates Mat, belly dance, and Pilates/yoga.

The school is offering an extensive children’s program for boys and girls ages 2 and up. Creative dance is offered for students ages 3 to 7. These classes expand the younger students’ large motor movements, increase flexibility, teach simple music concepts and explore creativity.

Ballet classes are offered for children ages 7 and up. In addition to work in ballet, students in the first and second year learn modern dance and improvisation. In the third and fourth year they study jazz and improvisation along with ballet.

A toddlers exercise class, which includes games, songs, and movement is also offered for parents and children (11Ž2 and 2 years of age). There will also be a children’s modern dance class for students 9 and up.

The Brattleboro School of Dance strives to keep classes affordable, with tuition reductions for multiple classes and families. Proceeds from performances are used for scholarships and a workstudy program. Students or parents who are interested may ask for an application at the studio.

The school also strives to create an atmosphere of friendliness, support and acceptance to a wide range of students at all levels of ability. The school has worked hard to accommodate the serious dancer preparing for a professional career and the student dancing for enjoyment and exercise. There are approximately 200 adults and teenagers who fill the latter category while many students from the school have been accepted for advanced training at such places as the School of American Ballet, American Dance Festival, San Francisco Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow, Juilliard and Boston Ballet to name a few. Former students have gone on to dance professionally with companies such as Pilobolus, Momix, The Big Apple Circus, Elise Monte, Hartford Ballet, Berkshire Ballet and Elliot Feld’s Ballet Tech.

The BSD teaching staff brings an array of experience and training to their classes. Most of the staff have master’s degrees and experience in the dance field. The school welcomes two new staff members this year. Jennifer Moyse will teach Theater Jazz and Zumba. Christine Conger will teach Intermediate Hip-hop.

Registration for the fall semester will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6-7, from 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon or by mail at 22 High St. Registration will also be taken during the first weeks of the semester.

For more information, call 802-254-6884 or visit wwwbrattleboroschoolofdance.com.

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