Young Dancers Program

Bridge for Dance, Inc. offers a wide variety of classes for children from age three through the teen years.

Our classes range from creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet, tap, modern, jazz, theatre dance, aerial circus, hip hop, karate and more.

Our students learn the fundamentals of dance within the realm of a solid classical platform, starting in Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet. The Bridge for Dance classes are perfect for the student who desires challenging classical pre-professional training, or the student who is hoping to have fun in a healthy and encouraging environment. We provide a balanced and emotionally supportive environment in which each student feels important, safe, and inspired to flourish in his/her own way. A small student to teacher ratio allows much more personal attention for each student and for the staff the opportunity to know each family personally, giving our space an open and friendly feel.

The Young Dancers Program is a year-long program with weekly classes scheduled from September to May, ending with an exciting May Recital whereby the children get a chance to perform what they’ve learned. We offer a Summer Dance Program in June, July, and early August with a full schedule of fun classes that are held weekly. In addition, a variety of camps and workshops are also available during various holidays: President’s Week in February, and Specialty Summer Camps in Musical Theater, Aerial Circus, and Storybook Ballet.

Scroll down to see Class Descriptions, Scheduling, and our Programs

 

 
 
 

May 2017 Recital Gallery

(Photos by Andree Sanders)

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Class Descriptions

Broadway to Rockettes

Ages 2-4

A fun and creative dance class for your little musical theater performer! From Rockettes to Broadway this class promises to be fun for all!


Creative Movement

Ages 3-4

When boys and girls turn three, they are welcome and encouraged to start their dancing with creative movement! Our creative movement is a sweet, nurturing, structured class using elements of pre-ballet, but taught through imitation and imagery.

This is not a free for all undisciplined class!

Children will learn first and second positions, plie, chasse, releve, saute, and more. There is some music with words (sing/song type) used in this class, that helps the little ones engage in the appropriate activities, while learning how to stand in line, understanding spacial awareness, how to wait their turn and proper entrance/exit.

We use some props including dancing with scarves, spots on the floor to keep their places, and allow a short time for “free dance”, where the little sweethearts have the freedom to express themselves in front of their classmates. This class is precious. After completion of 1 year of creative movement, the children are ready to move on to pre-ballet.


Pre-Ballet

Ages 4-5

In pre-ballet, the children learn the fundaments of ballet in a nurturing, supportive environment. This is the class where the children develop a real understanding and appreciation for the art of ballet. Through a fun series and a modified ballet class structure, students learn how to stand in line, understanding spacial awareness, how to wait their turn and proper entrance/exit. We use some props including dancing with scarves, spots on the floor to keep their places, and allow a short time for “free dance” where the little sweethearts have the freedom to express themselves in front of their classmates. Children will learn first and second and plie, chasse, releve, saute, and more.


Ballet

Ages 6-teens

In all levels of ballet, the children learn the fundaments of classical ballet in a nurturing, supportive environment. Through a traditional ballet class structure, students will do ballet at the barre, en center, and across the floor. Children will learn positions one through five for both feet and arms.


Pointe Prep

Age: There is no set age for this class.

Admittance depends on experience and technique level in Ballet.
Teacher: Fiona Oba

This class is a preparatory class meant to ready students to begin point dancing. This class is essential in building the necessary strength and flexibility of the foot and ankles required for pointe work. Students MUST take this class if they are to be considered for a pointe class here at Bridge for Dance.


Modern

Ages 8-teens

Modern dance is a wonderful class to take on it’s own or as an addition to training in ballet. The students will learn some of the classics in modern dance including floor work, contractions, release, spiral, and moving with curvature of the spine. With exciting popular music that is easy to access emotionally, the students get a full body work out while learning to move with spacial awareness and full expression. This class is very popular for ages 8-14. Ballet experience is helpful, but not necessary.

 

Aerial Circus

Ages 7 -Teens

Aerial Circus Class consists of work on aerial silks and other operatics. On each apparatus, students will learn proper body positions, balances, poses, drops, and choreography. Each class will also include a warm up, strength training, conditioning, and stretching. As your strength increases, so will your skill and confidence….you will be amazed at what you can do. This class is a hit, and fills up very quickly!


Tap

Ages 6 -teens

In all levels of tap, children learn the fundaments of classical tap in a nurturing, supportive environment. Through a traditional tap class structure, students will do warm ups in center and exercises across the floor to rhythmic music. Children learn musicality and develop a broad spectrum of tap vocabulary and movement.


Hip Hop

Ages 6 -teens

Hip Hop is a high energy dance class for young boys and girls. During this super fun class, the children will learn great new, popular dance skills while getting exercise, learning movement and body awareness and having fun! During class, the students will do a warm up, learn to count music, move “across the floor”, do physical floor work, stretches and choreographed dances in a group.  All students will dance to exciting, popular music they love while getting a full body workout that develops strength, technique, musicality and coordination- and they will head home happy! All music and movement is age appropriate.


Jazz/Hip Hop

Ages 8 - teens
Teacher: Sara ciampa

Jazz/Hip Hop is a wonderful fusion of classical Jazz technique plus funky street stylized movement. This is a great class for someone wanting the fun of a hip hop class while still working on the technical elements that will make them a better dancer. Previous experience in Jazz, hip hop or ballet is encouraged.


Storybook Ballet Camp

Ages 3-5

In this magical little camp/class, the children enjoy more of the creative elements of dance and ballet. The children will do creative movement, some sing along activities, read a story and dance it out in character, learn rhythm activities with drums, do an art activity, and perform in front of each other. 


Karate

Ages 7-9

This is the perfect fun, lively after school activity! This exciting, high energy class offers discipline as well as exercise. Karate is a martial art of Japanese origin, practiced for a variety of reasons including self-defense, exercise or as a sport. Karate develops balance, coordination, aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Moreover, Karate offers unique challenges to the brain, requiring constant mental alertness and agility. 

 

2017-2018 Programs

Programs

 

Our Young Dancers Program offers something for everyone—including the recreational dancer, the technical trainer and the avid performer!

 
 

Dance Program

Ages 3–Teens

Creative Movement / Pre-Ballet / Ballet / Tap / Modern / Jazz / Hip Hop / Musical Theater / Aerial Circus

The dance program gives the opportunity to study different dance forms, while having fun and participating in a physical activity within a nurturing environment.

No requirements

 

Tuition Fee Per Semester

FallSeptember–January

Winter/SpringJanuary–May

 

Tuition & Rates

Per Semester: September–May

1 Class/Week: $625

2 Classes/Week: $1,150

3 Classes/Week: $1575

4 Classes/Week: $1975

Unlimited Classes: $2200

REGISTER HERE

Performance Program

Ages 10–Teens

This program is designed for the dancer who wants to learn and experience performing on stage. The dancers will have performance opportunities to develop their skills.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

2 Classes Weekly + Thursday Rehearsal Class: $1550 Annually Registration & Recital Fees: $35 each

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Technique Program

AGES 10–Teens (Audition required)

The Technique Program is designed for the dancer who wants to focus on complete dance training in established techniques:
ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and more.

The training will be applied through classes and includes a opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker and Spring Showcase.

Year Round Program 

Students will take 4 classes weekly.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

$1950

Aerial Program

Ages 7+

Tuition Fee Per Semester

$650/Semester

Aerial Circus Class consists of work on aerial silks and other equipment. On each apparatus, students will learn proper body positions, balances, poses, drops, and choreography. In class students will learn warm ups, strength training, conditioning and stretching. As your strength increases, so will your skill and confidence.

REGISTER HERE


Private Lessons

These prices are for dance classes for children in our Young Dancers Program and not for adult students or adult privates. Prices vary depending on rental situation and teacher rates.

 

Rates

1 student: $90/hour | $70/45 minutes | $50/30 minutes

2 students: $170/hour 

3 students: $225/hour

Rate for Aerial Private Coaching: 

1 student - $110 - 1 Hour

 

School Outreach

Bridge for Dance, Inc. offers educational outreach for public and private school students, teachers and dance educators as well as other organizations. When joining us for our outreach, you have the choice of coming to our studio for class, or having one of our wonderful instructors come to you either during the school day or during after school hours. A few facts about our philosophy here at The Bridge for Dance:

  • We believe that dance, as a kinesthetic practice, can have a valuable influence on dancers of all ages by stimulating our mind/body connection with a unique and exciting movement experience.
  • Our programs help develop awareness and support of dance and artists by promoting connections between dance, our community and educational system. In many cases, our work with students ties in directly to class curriculum and we encourage our experienced, educated instructors to work closely to the school coordinators and teachers to create the most efficient and relevant curriculum.
  • We offer a wide variety of outreach programs at affordable rates to schools and organizations. We utilize various dance forms such as Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Karate and Tap. We can work directly with schools, parents or teachers to bring children to our studio to participate in classes/workshops, observe classes or professional rehearsals.
 

In Studio Classes/Workshops

Currently, we have a lovely class of pre-school children who join us on Wednesday mornings for an in studio, creative movement class from The Rita Gold Early Childhood Center, a program through Teachers College of Columbia University. Many of the students who were introduced to us through this program are now also students in our Young Dancers Program.

 

In-School Workshops/Assemblies

We have a wonderful faculty and network of the best dancers and dance companies in New York City. We would love to bring professional dance educators and/or dance companies to the school/organization for special performances, rehearsal observations and/or workshops. Please contact Bridge for Dance to find out more about this wonderful opportunity!

 

Make-Up Class Policy

We strongly encourage the highest level of commitment, consistency and timeliness to most greatly benefit your child in their growth and development of their training, but we do understand that there are circumstances where missing class is inevitable. We try every year to make our policy as fair as possible, pertaining to the number of make-ups per child. Please read details below and don’t hesitate to call if you have questions or would like to schedule your child’s make-ups. 212 749 1165

 

Holiday Make-Up Classes

We invite and encourage every student to try any class of their choice during their current semester in order to make up for classes missed during the scheduled holidays. We allow two holiday make up classes per child per semester, which is in addition to any sick day or other absences they might have.

We are sorry, but make-ups do not roll into the following semester of classes. Scheduling make-up classes earlier rather than later is always suggested! So please call the office to schedule make-ups as soon as possible!

 

Absences/Sick days

Maximum (sick day) absences to make up per semester (in addition to the holiday make-ups),  is two. Please call ahead and let us know if your child will not be attending the class. If your child is absent for more than two weeks in a row, we will call you to follow up on their current status. Too many absences could result in them not being included in our May Recital! So please don’t miss! If your child is injured, they are welcome to come and observe the classes.


Dress Code

If a student is dressed incorrectly they will not be allowed into class. NO JEWELRY is allowed in class except for small stud earrings. All watches, necklaces, and bracelets must be removed for safety purposes.  Please keep in mind if your child is taking back to back classes, that they should be dressed to easily change for each class (ie: if your child is taking tap and then ballet, they should wear their hair in a ballet bun to their tap class)

 

BALLET

All students must wear black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair must be in a proper ballet bun, and all bangs must be tied back. Please leave enough time to fix your hair before class starts. Students must wear a black leotard with the option of wearing a black skirt.

PRE-BALLET/CREATIVE MOVEMENT

Students should wear pink tights, a pink leotard, and pink ballet slippers. Students may wear a small pink skirt (no tutus).

MODERN

Students in all levels must wear any colored leotard under black tights or black jazz pants. Hair must be neatly and tightly pulled back into a bun, braid, or ponytail. Students can be barefoot for the class, although many students chose to purchase foot undies.

HIP HOP

Students should wear comfortable pants (no zippers or jeans), T-SHIRT and sneakers. Hair should be neatly and securely tied back.

 

JAZZ TECHNIQUE & THEATRE DANCE

Students should wear a black spaghetti strap leotard over black jazz pants, or black tights under black jazz shorts. All students must wear black jazz shoes. Hair should be neatly and securely tied back into a proper ballet bun.

AERIAL CIRCUS

Students should wear tight fitting dance wear, preferably a leotard and leggings, any color/style is acceptable. Hair must be neatly and securely tied back.

HIP HOP

Students should wear comfortable pants (no zippers or jeans), T-SHIRT and sneakers. Hair should be neatly and securely tied back.

TAP

Students in all tap classes should wear a black leotard with black jazz pants or shorts over black tights. All students should have black tap shoes, and hair should be neatly and securely tied back.