What is the Brodhead Dance Academy? The Brodhead Dance Academy was established in 2001 at the Brodhead Health and Fitness Center. We started on Saturday mornings with 30 students and are now home to more than 200 dancers taking classes each week. Our legal name is BHF Dance Academy LLC because of our roots at the fitness center, but we do business as Brodhead Dance Academy today.
Who teaches the classes? We have a staff of highly trained instructors with college degrees in dance or other specialties that are great with kids. Our teachers specialize in multiple styles of dance, so your child may have more than one teacher depending on the number of classes taken. Many classes also have a student demonstrator available to assist.
How old do they need to be to start? Pre-ballet and Creative Movement classes are the first classes available for 3 – 4 year olds (boys and girls). After that, you can start at any age. We’ll place you into classes the best we can, trying to group experience levels as much as possible. Ballet is always taken first and most other class types are introduced after age 7. Me and My parent classes start at age 2! New Mini-Tap starts at age 5 with ballet class also required.
Which class should I pick? Start with ballet. All dancers should have ballet for about 3 years before they branch out into tap, jazz, or hip hop classes. The teachers will help select the best class for you and may move you to another class after a few weeks to find a better fit. We do have a new offering for mini-tap for age 5 and up but you need to also take a ballet class with that package.
For students starting out at an older age (after age 7) we still recommend ballet, but will allow them to take tap, hip hop or jazz without ballet experience. If you can take ballet and another style of dance you’ll improve even more quickly.
For serious ballet students, we suggest more than one ballet class per week with two barre sessions – this is the only way to get into those long-awaited pointe shoes! We can also recommend other studios for additional training when requested. You need to tell us just how serious you are so we can help you grow.
How much time is required? We practice each class once per week. Most classes are 30 minutes long; however, some classes are 45 minutes. Our normal season starts in September and finishes in April when we host our annual recital. We ask that you commit to be at all classes, it’s a team sport. Classes are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings starting at 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
How much do classes cost? A basic 30 min. class is $276 for the entire 32 week season. Plus an annual $20.00 registration fee per student. 45 Min. classes are $305. You will also be charged a $55 costume fee per class. (if you chose to be in recital)
6 week classes are $60 or as marked on the registration site. Ballroom is $90 per couple.
How big are the class sizes? Typically classes have 10-12 students. It may vary slightly depending on need and teacher availability. Most classes also have an older dance student (class demonstrator) to assist the teacher.
What if my child doesn’t like the class, can I get my money back? Yes, future classes are refundable should you decide not to stick with the program. However, it is rare that this happens. For parents of very young kids, you need to give it a couple of weeks before you make that decision. Our teachers are skilled at dealing with the little dancers who can have trouble detaching from mom and dad. Sometimes you have to come to class and watch for a couple of weeks to make them comfortable. If you feel like the class you were placed into is not the right fit, please discuss with your teacher and we will make changes if possible. There are no changes or refunds after Nov. 15.
Can I watch my child during class? Sometimes. Generally the classes are for students only. We host Visitor Days a couple of times throughout the year when you can sit in and watch the entire class. We do ask that parents of pre-ballet students sit in the waiting area, so we can find you if your child needs to visit the restroom or another need arises during class.
Do you compete in dance competitions? No, we don’t. While we certainly have the talent, we have not started a competition team for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a big time and monetary commitment many parents just can’t make. Second, competitions are not positive dance environments for the most part. We want our dancers to love to dance, not love to win competitions. If you really want to do competitions we can recommend other studios nearby where you can also take class. It’s ok with us if you want to take classes from more than one studio. We just want you to dance!
What is a recital? Our recital is an exhibition on stage at the Brodhead High School. Each class has its own music and routine along with a matching costume. The show is great fun for the students and gives them a chance to learn many new skills as they perform in public. Last year we had 2,300 people attend our shows to watch us. It’s a great experience and we do a professional quality show that gets rave reviews each year.
Are there other expenses besides the class fees? Yes, additional costs for costumes, shoes, and dancewear apply. Please call or see our front desk for details. The costume fee is $55.00 per class. New tights $8 will also be required for recital. The teachers select and order a costume designed to fit your dancer. This payment is required for all costumes in November so we can order them.
As we approach the recital we do have an optional picture day where you can purchase professional photos. You will also need to purchase tickets for the recital for you, your guests and your dancer (discounted only $2)
Where to I get shoes and clothing for class? From us! You can order shoes and clothing from The Brodhead Dance Academy. There are items at the studio for immediate purchase. Generally, if you need a special order it arrives in one week. We recommend you buy shoes direct from us to keep class shoes consistent. We carry the Revolution Dancewear brand which is high quality and affordable.
Note: Payless is not cheaper and they have low quality shoes, so please do not purchase there! We require leather shoes. Please do not purchase satin ballet slippers or vinyl tap shoes for your student, good for home, but not at the studio.
How do I sign up? This is our favorite question! Glad you asked!
For full-season classes: You’ll be emailed a confirmation of your class time; payments are due before the first class. Please make sure you get a receipt for your payments. Contact DeAnne Boegli (Director) with any questions.