Fun Facts about the Nutcracker!

BBDC is is excited that Nutcracker Season is finally here! This year our PreProfessional Dance Company will be presenting this Holiday Classic! Spend the afternoon with us on December 21, 2019, at Toms River Intermediate East. Tickets are now available on our website. We are offering easy online ticketing for this production!

When you think of ballet and the holidays, the first thing that pops into your mind is probably The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is known around the world as being the classic fairy-tale ballet about a young girl who receives a magical nutcracker. For many families, watching The Nutcracker this time of year has become an annual tradition. But, there are a few facts that most people don’t know…

  1. The Nutcracker is based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. The original story is much darker than the ballet we all love, featuring a bloody battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King’s army.
  2. The story was written in 1816… Whoa, that’s over 200 years ago!
  3. You know the catchy instrumental music that makes you want to twirl around in your tutu? It was composed by Peter Tchaikovsky, who also composed the music for Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.
  4. In Germany, nutcrackers are believed to bring good luck and are often given to children as Christmas presents.
  5. The New York Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker uses about 500 pounds of paper confetti to create the snowstorm, 150 different costumes, 7 layers of tulle for the Sugar Plum Fairy’s tutu, 500 bobby pins, and 144 jingle bells for each Candy Cane costume!
  6. Marichen, Maria, Masha, Clara… The name of the young girl who saves the nutcracker prince has changed many times! In the original story, she is named Maria or Marie, while Clara is the name of one of her dolls. In Germany, she sometimes goes by Marichen. In Russia, she was given the name Masha.
  7. Hollywood is even getting in on the action, having released the movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms by Disney. The film stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, and Morgan Freeman… just to name a few! There is a blissful bit of choreography, featuring dance star Misty Copeland as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Nutcracker Tickets On Sale

We are so excited that tickets are now available for our upcoming production of The Nutcracker!

The Dancers have been working so hard and we cannot wait to share the Holiday Season with you and yours!

Follow this link to choose your seats! The production is on December 21, 2019 at 2pm!

Don’t forget to get your Nutcracker merch too! Now available under the SHOP tab on this site!!

Dance is for everyone!

It is our responsibility to empower the next generation of dancers, no matter what their gender may be!

Hundreds of Male Dancers gather in Times Square NYC to support their fellow dancers!

Lara Spencer was not the first to laugh at a boy in dance class and she most certainly will not be the last. Ballet and dance, overall, has been stereotyped as a feminine field where you will find only females dancing around. This is so far from the truth and the very history of ballet and dance tells us otherwise.

Ballet originated during the time of the Renaissance in Italy and was found at lavish weddings and royal events. Domenico da Piacenza (c. 1400–c. 1470) was one of the first dancing masters. Working alongside his students, Antonio Cornazzano and Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro, he trained in dance and taught nobles (royalty) the art. Notice these were three males who were masters in dance. 

Catherine de Medici of Italy married the French King Henry II and introduced the ballet movement to the French court and stimulated the growth of ballet de cour, which included dance, decor, costume, song, music, and poetry. Ballet caught on in France and became so popular that by the year 1661, Louis XIV opened the very first the first ballet school in France. 

Get ready for it… only men were allowed to dance in this ballet school. The very first ballet school did not allow women to join in until 1681. That is right. The very first ballet school ever opened was open only for men for 20 years. In 1681, women were finally accepted into the school.

Does it appear this ballet we speak of and have feminized was really for the males? 

For several years, as a graduate student, I conducted a study focusing on ballet dancers. My initial purpose was to examine variables such as stress, body image disturbance, self-esteem, and social support. Furthermore, the study examined ballet dancers living with chronic skin conditions. 

Ballet dancers were found to have lower levels of social support than nonballet dancers. A call to action and further research would be beneficial regarding social support for ballet dancers and the reasoning behind lower levels of social support for the ballet dancers versus nondancers. Research has shown that gender differences for ballet dancers in regards to social support suggest lower levels of social support for male dancers and isolation in the more feminized world of ballet (Risner, 2002; Williams, 2003). 

“Risner (2002) suggested five themes for experiences of males who dance: (a) homophobic stereotypes, (b) narrow definitions of masculinity, (c) heterosexist justifications for male participation, (d) the absence of positive male role models (straight and gay), and (e) internalized homophobia among male dance students. These five themes establish a negative environment for the male dancer.” (Chinappi, 2017). 

Halton and Worthen (2014) propose examining other cultures that are more tolerant of males in dance and for dance educators to resist stigmas placed on male dancers, allowing for a broader social acceptance. Doing more in the community to achieve acceptance and higher tolerance levels for males in dance. “For example, large universities showcase male talent through sports in brochures. To build a better support system for male dancers at this level, administrators could feature college male dancers as prominent talent at their institutions through educational and promotional brochures.” (Chinappi, 2017). 

The ballet community has come to form a call to action to help bring boys to the forefront. In a field where boys were the first and only dancers allowed in the class, the ballet community is trying to put an end to the stigma. This does not happen overnight and will not happen with just one appearance on Good Morning America. It is a week later and already the #boysdancetoo has died down. This is a continuous fight, as with any other fight individuals may have. The ballet community and the dance community, joined with others can continue to make a difference as long as we do not stop fighting for our male dancers. 

Author Bio:

Jacqueline Chinappi holds a doctorate in psychology and teaches college level psychology courses. Dr. Chinappi’s dissertation focused on ballet dancers with skin conditions and she currently teaches theatre arts at Broadway Bound Dance Centre in Toms River, NJ. All four of Dr. Chinappi’s daughters are dancers. 


Chinappi, J. F. (2017). The Effects of Chronic Skin Disorders and Ballet on Body Image, Stress, Social Support, and Self-Esteem: A Quasi-Experimental Study (Doctoral dissertation, Capella University).

Haltom, T. M., & Worthen, M. G. F. (2014). Male ballet dancers and their performances of heteromasculinity. Journal of College Student Development5(8), 757-778. doi:10.1353/csd.2014.0084

Risner, D. (2002). Sexual orientation and male participation in dance education: Revistiting the open secret. Journal of Dance Education2(3), 84-92. doi: 10.1080/15290824.2002.10387214

Williams, D. (2003). Examining psychosocial issues of adolescent male dancers. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI 2090242) 

The Nutcracker and other Ballet Things!

This Season we are so excited to be able to offer our PreProfessional Dance Company Dancers more Ballet! Ballet is the basis of all dance techniques and we are so lucky to have 2 amazing Ballet Instructors on our Faculty.

Our Director Miss Lindsay trained with the Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, NJ with Jennifer Church, where she studied Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus. Miss Lindsay was examined by top examiners from London, passing all of her RAD Exams through the PreProfessional Level. Miss Lindsay trained with Victoria Hall and Daniel Catanach of the New York City Ballet, and was accepted on Full Scholarship to train and perform with 2000 Feet a Dance Company based out of Philadelphia. She performed lead roles with The Company of Dance Arts in their Nutcracker Ballet for more than 10 years, she also danced with the Garden State Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet in many different Classical Ballet Productions. Miss Lindsay is also Certified to teach Ballet through Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, passing both a high level written test as well as a Ballet physical exam. She is also Certified in Barre Above, the Ballet Training Exercise method used to strengthen dancers in all stages of their careers.

Miss Lindsay will be teaching a weekly Ballet Repertoire Class. Repertoire class dancers will be learning ballets, or sections of ballets, from the classical repertoire. You might learn a part of Swan Lake, or Sleeping Beauty, or maybe a more contemporary ballet by a modern-day choreographer. Dance History will also be explored in this class! Dancers will learn everything from Balanchine to Twyla Tharp!

We are so excited to introduce Miss Alicia, who will be teaching a 90 minute weekly Advanced Ballet Technique Class. Bringing her excellent training to our students will help us as we train for our First Annual Nutcracker Performances!  

Ms. Ceraldi was classically trained in Vaganova and Balanchine method of ballet since the age of six. She was the recipient of many scholarships throughout her training including School of American Ballet and Walnut Hill School. In her professional career, she performed many principle and soloist roles in many well-known ballets such as Les Syphide, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, and The Nutcracker. She also holds credits for performing for the Miss America Pageant, Jerry Lewis Telethon, and multiple TV and commercial dance education programs.

Following her professional career, she owned and operated her own school for 13 years. After having her 4th child she chose to step down from owning and became the Artistic Director. Ms. Ceraldi finds great pride and pleasure through teaching and choreographing. Over the past several years, she has received multiple awards for her choreography and acknowledgement of her students’ technique. She is also the proud instructor of multiple competition title winners, special awards and scholarship holders. Many of her students have been recipients of scholarships to many professional academies including American Ballet Theater, Joffrey, Kirov, Alvin Ailey, and The Rock School. Her students have also been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theater, Music Videos, and short dance films. 

Ms. Ceraldi is currently PBT certified and Rhythmworks certified, and is so excited to start working with the Broadway Bound Dancers!

Don’t forget Nutcracker Auditions are coming up! September 21! All dancers are encouraged to audition! Please contact the studio for more information!

Barre Above Classes Coming Soon to BBDC!

What is “barre”?
While many interpret barre workouts differently, most barre workouts are a fusion of yoga, Pilates, strength training, and ballet. Barre classes incorporate specific sequencing patterns and isometric movements that target specific muscle groups. This pattern of exercise helps to improve strength, balance, flexibility and posture.

Why is Barre so popular?
Barre is hot right now! Barre classes are low-impact and are conducive to all fitness levels. They are also particularly enjoyed by women since they incorporate graceful movements and elements of ballet, allowing participants to experience a dance “element” in the workouts and achieve a dancer’s body.

What are the health and fitness benefits of barre workouts?
Barre workouts are perfect for all fitness levels. You’ll see improvement in your posture, balance, strength, and flexibility.

How many times a week do I need to do barre in order to see actual results, while considering safety?
While it is most important to listen to your body and give your muscles enough rest, typically 3 times a week will generate the most fitness results. You should always consult your physician to determine what is a “safe” amount of exercise.

Will Barre Above® create actual results? Will my body change?
Yes! If you push yourself to the appropriate levels in your workouts with your instructor, you will feel and/or see results after about 7-10 classes. Everyone responds to exercise differently. However, if you focus on form and continually challenge yourself as you take each class, you will feel and see results quicker.

What muscle groups does Barre Above® focus on?
Barre Above® is a full body workout, but like most barre workouts there is a medium emphasis on the lower body and core.

Do I need dance or ballet experience for Barre Above® classes?
You do not need any type of dance or ballet experience in order to participate in a Barre Above class. In fact, most barre instructors do not have any dance background either. The purpose of a Barre Above class is to help you achieve a long, lean dancer’s body.

How long is the typical Barre Above® class?
A Barre Above class usually is 55 minutes. There is no stop-and-go like in many other fitness classes, and you instructor will keep you constantly moving throughout the class. Listen to your body and take breaks as needed.

Is there equipment involved?
While some of your Barre Above classes will not include any equipment, you’ll find that most always require a mat. Some classes incorporate small fitness accessories that can either help make the exercise more challenging for you, or help to add more range of motion in the exercise. These include a small pliable ball, the Bender Ball, Gliding discs, hand-held weights, and resistance tubing.

What kind of shape do I need to be in order to take a Barre Above® class?
Barre Above classes are for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned athlete. If you are taking a Barre Above class for the very first and/or are just beginning a fitness regimen, let the instructor know before class about any concerns you may have.

Will I feel sore after a Barre Above® workout?
Depending on how often you exercise, in addition to the type of exercise you normally do, you may feel slightly sore after your first few Barre Above classes. However, after about 5 or so classes, you will feel your soreness lessen as you see improvements in your strength, posture, balance, and flexibility.

Are Barre Above® classes taught all on an actual barre?
Some Barre Above classes are taught using a barre, and some are taught center-floor – completely off the barre. If you want to know this beforehand, it is always best to ask ahead of time before coming to class.

Will I be too tall or too short to do the exercises on the barre?
Almost all installed barres and portables barres are meant to adhere to a wide range of height. Some rooms may be set up with two different barre heights, and some portable barres are adjustable and can be heightened or lowered. It is best to make your instructor or the front desk person aware of your height if the class is being taught on the barre. This way he or she can make sure to have you stand on the side with participants around the same height and therefore have the barre placement that is best for you.

What should I wear to class?
Make sure to wear comfortable clothing to class. Full length or capri leggings are recommended since these allow you full range of motion and will not inhibit any movement. Wear a comfortable sports bra and shirt or tank or tank on top that lets you breath. Socks are best on your feet, but if you feel uncomfortable you can always keep your shoes on or go barefoot. If you forgot socks, you can always pick up a pair in the front of the studio or facility.

Trapeze Flexibility Workshop

Want to improve flexibility and core stability in a fun new way! Come try our Trapeze Workshop on 4/22! Classes will include work on our brand new yoga trapezes! So, what is aerial yoga good for? How will it improve my overall strength, health and well-being? The list of benefits of anti-gravity yoga are similar to the list of benefits of a traditional yoga practice with a few important differences.

  1. It relieves compression in the spine.

One of the biggest benefits of hanging in the hammock during poses like downward facing dog or back bends is the relief on the spine. Instead of the natural downward compression of your spine produced by gravity, the muscles in your spine release and relax as you hang, reducing pressure and joint compression.

2. Aerial yoga challenges your central nervous system, mental capacity and proprioception.

Simply put, practicing in the silk yoga swing adds a level of elegant complexity as well as assistance to simple postures that requires mental focus and patience as you learn how to move your body through each pose.

3. It Increases pulling strength.

This particular benefit is probably the most interesting because the movement type of “pulling,” like when you perform a pull-up, isn’t found in the traditional yoga practice. With the repetitive pressing in yoga, during sun salutations and/or chaturanga, can create muscular imbalances in the shoulders. Over time, this can lead to repetitive stress injuries.

The act of pulling yourself up into the hammock as well as during other transitions is a great way to keep your shoulders balanced and healthy in both pulling and pressing.

4. Praticing anti-gravity yoga improves flexibility.

With the help of the silk hammock, practitioners are able to refine and improve their alignment and relax into the pose. The ability to relax the body leads to improved flexibility.

5. It’s beginner-friendly.

Aerial yoga is accessible not just for advanced practitioners but for beginners as well. With the added support of the hammock, new students can play with posture and alignment while building the strength to execute yoga poses on their own. Not only that, it allows for questions and added support from the teacher as the number of students per class is lower than a traditional yoga practice. Check out 2 year old Tiny Dancer Nattie working on her unassisted bridge pose! Dancers of all ages and levels can benefit from this Workshop!

This class is open to everyone! You do not need to be a BBDC student to enjoy the benefits of this class! Space is very limited! Contact the studio ASAP if you are interested!

Adult Dance Classes are here!!

Dust off those old Tap shoes because we’re dancin again!

Starting Tuesday January 8th 7-8pm ONLY $7!!!!!!

We will explore Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Contemporary Techniques! Each week will be something new!

Get ready to shuffle ballchange into the new year!!! All levels of experience are welcome in this class! Only thing you need is a positive attitude!

There are so many benefits of adding Dance into your weekly routine!

Many adults today suffer from the “Couch Potato Syndrome,” where they can’t seem to get up and get motivated to do something healthy. Maybe it is because they aren’t very athletic, and feel that is the only way to get some exercise. Have you ever considered taking a dance class? This offers an option for those who are not so athletic to get some great exercise. Below are 13 benefits for adults when they take dance classes.


  1. Dancing helps you lose weight! Dancing helps you to keep your mind and body healthy and is just as good for you as cycling and jogging. It helps with your upper-body strength and strengthens your core muscles. Overall, it can be a great workout for any adult! It is a great endurance builder.
  2. Dancing helps to boost your memory. Science shows that exercise can reverse the volume loss from the part of your brain that controls memory and can help prevent dementia.
  3. Dancing improves your flexibility and reduces stiffness. It eases joint pain throughout your body and strengthens bones and muscles. Your range of motion will improve and you will have an easier time moving your shoulders, arms and back.
  4. Dancing reduces stress. It can be very enjoyable to have an hour each week to forget all your troubles as you dance your cares away! It helps to diminish depression and lift your spirits
  5. Dancing is good for your heart. It is the perfect activity for those who are at risk for cardiovascular disease. It improves your heart health, breathing, and quality of life.
  6. Dancing gives you better balance. Good posture is required for dancing and dancing helps you stabilize and gain better control of your body.
  7. Dancing increases your energy level. Studies find that dance can improve physical performance and increase energy in adults.
  8. Dance class gives you the perfect opportunity to make new friends and socialize. Being socially engaged leads to increased happiness, reduces stress, and gives you a strong immune system.
  9. Dance class offers insight to other cultures and customs, through the different styles of dance and music you will encounter as well as your fellow classmates.
  10. Dancing increases your self-esteem and confidence. As you concentrate on learning new dance steps, your self-esteem will rise. As you learn graceful new ways for your body to move, you will gain a better appreciation and respect for your body, which will result in a healthier body image.
  11. Dancing offers a creative outlet to express your personality and emotions without using words. It is a great way to be creative!
  12. Skills you learn in dance class can be valuable and transferable skills that can be applied to any career path you choose in life. These are life skills that you can take with you.

Join us in the New Year!!

New Class! Only at BBDC!!

We are so excited to offer our BBDC Dancers a cool new Dance Convention inspired class!


In this class dancers will learn choreography in a fast paced environment with dancers of all levels in the room. This class gives dancers a chance to work on the skill of picking up and retaining choreography quickly. When dancers leave to go on auditions they will be asked to do just that! A dancer must be able to learn choreography so that then they can work on putting emotion and acting into their dancing!

Dance Conventions are expensive and hard to get to! Why not get in on the fun right here at your home studio!

Get the perfect video for your dance Instagram profile!

We do this class in the dark with one lamp so that we can get in touch with our emotions and really dance full out! We dance in small groups so that dancers gain confidence dancing alone or with a  partner in a safe environment!

You will get the full Dance Convention experience with your friends each Wednesday!


BBDC is the only place you will find a classes like this outside of New York City!


BBDC is proud to offer unique classes like Student Choreography, Swing Dance, and Theater Arts!



It’s the perfect time to try something new! And Dance makes a great Holiday Gift!


See you on the Dance Floor!!


Swing Dance Workshop

We are so excited to be hosting a Swing Workshop this weekend with the amazing Darren and Ethel!

BBDC is welcoming two super accomplished Professional Swing Dancers to teach us about their Ballroom style!

Darren Deicide is a dance instructor and musician that lives in the New York City ­metro area. Darren began dance tutelage at the esteemed Dance Manhattan under internationally renowned dance instructors, including original Lindy Hop architect, Norma Miller. Since then, his love affair has gone from a passing interest, to an obsession, and now being a dance instructor himself.

“I have always been an avid music lover. In particular, my passion for the rock n’ roll tradition, from blues to jazz to rockabilly, has been insatiable. Nothing gets me more excited than watching others catch the bug! I hope you feel my contagious enthusiasm for this dance. I am ready to spark a new scene. I hope to not only pass the traditions I have learned to others, but to take the living art form of swing into new, innovative directions.”

Ethel Lynn began her lindy hop adventures in October of 2012 where she learned the fundamentals of the dance in Boston, Massachusetts. Eventually the bug set in and her feet couldn’t stop as her love for the dance and music took hold. Since then she has continued to expand upon her lindy hop experiences by taking classes from world renouned instructors at Dance Manattan and Syncopated Swing. In addition to attending classes, workshops, exchanges, and competitions throughout the U.S., you can find Ethel at various social dances throughout NYC. While Ethel lives and loves the world of jazz, she is most interested in pushing the lindy hop scene forward into uncharted territory. Long live aerials!

This class is going to be a jam packed couple of hours of Lindy Hop and Swing fun! This is a beginner class, and it is not necessary to bring a partner.

Everyone is welcome, there is an event on Facebook if you want to share and invite friends to join!

To learn more about Darren and Ethel visit their website here!

We can’t wait to dance with you this weekend!!

BBDC Dances for Charity!

BBDC Dancers are so excited to be participating in the Turton Talent Show this weekend! Senior Dance Team Members will also be featured during the show!

BBDC Auditioned with, and will be performing our favorite piece from last year, A Musical! We will also be performing a stunning new contemporary piece choreographed by Miss Lindsay.

Along with our excitement to perform in the Talent Show, BBDC Dancers are excited to have their dancing benefit amazing charities like CASA, and Collier Youth Services of Ocean County. We hope that the funds raised with this performance helps children achieve their dreams. A core value at Broadway Bound is being charitable and giving back to the community whenever possible. We strive to instill these values in the next generation of artists, and we are so proud that our dancers are so willing to do things for those in need.

Lou Russo from 94.3 the Point will be the Emcee!

“I so look forward to this exciting event and the opportunity to recognize the talent of our youth,” said Diane Turton, President & Founder, Diane Turton, Realtors. “It is also extremely rewarding to support CASA and Collier Youth Services, two great Monmouth and Ocean County local youth programs.”

About CASA of Ocean County

The mission of CASA of Ocean County is to train everyday people to act as the voice for the neglected and abused children in foster care. The CASA Volunteer serves as the child’s voice in court and is committed to moving the child towards a safe and permanent home. For more information, visit

About Collier Youth Services

The mission of Collier Youth Services is to provide at-risk youth a chance to grow toward their potential in an environment that promotes belonging, dignity and hope. For more information, visit


We are so proud of our dancers, and how they are always so giving of their talents! We wish them the best of luck this weekend!

If you would like to come to the show purchase Tickets at

We hope to see you there.

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    BBDC is is excited that Nutcracker Season is finally here! This year our PreProfessional Dance Company will be presenting this Holiday Classic! Spend the afternoon with us on December 21,… ★ Read More

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    It is our responsibility to empower the next generation of dancers, no matter what their gender may be! Lara Spencer was not the first to laugh at a boy in… ★ Read More

  • The Nutcracker and other Ballet Things!

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