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.

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.

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!!

Welcome Back to Dance!

We just wanted to take a moment to welcome all of our dancers back to class!

BBDC is so excited to be offering a ton of new programs this Season!

Ballroom, Theater Arts, POUND, Yoga, Adult Dance Classes and coming soon Zumba and Barre!

We have great deals on Unlimited Adult Monthly Class Cards! And a special Competition for September–Get 1 Point for each class you take this month! Get the most points this month and win $10 off October Class Pass!

Meet our new Faculty this week! Try a new class! Bring a Friend and receive $25 off of your next Tuition payment!

Registration is now open. Space is limited, so get in today!Friendly Atmosphere - Small Classes / Individual Attention Article


Mr Joseph Brunetti, Producer of Broadway Meets the Beach in Seaside, sent this terrific article and promo video that has been featured on!!!


See the video and read the article here

We are so excited to have been asked to be a part of the first event! BBDC “Musical” Dancers cannot wait to perform again on August 6th and 13! Performances start at 6pm! This is sure to be a big event perfect for the whole family!




Benefits of Master Classes

Master classes are an important part of formal dance training. Even when quality instruction is part of the regular curriculum, being part of a class taught by a master instructor can give students fresh insight into their technique and exposure to potential opportunities outside their home studio. The introduction to different styles can help dancers flourish! Summer programs are a great time to meet new instructors! Someone new giving you that same old correction might suddenly light up some light bulbs!

“It’s really an advantage to students to be seen by other professionals,” says Ballet Society founder and Director, Patricia Hoffman. “Dancers do need to be aware that while technique remains constant, styles differ from teacher to teacher! Being a versatile dancer able to adapt to any style will make you valuable to choreographers!”

Here are some specific things to do when taking a master class:

  • Look the part! Make sure you are dressed and looking great for class! Pull your hair back and wear that new leo!

  • Read their biographies. Is their history something your dancer wants to emulate? What are their accomplishments in the Dance World!

  • Listen! Take a moment and just listen to the teacher. How are they approaching their choreography? Try to pick up the details!

  • Teachers love it when you ask thoughtful questions about what they are teaching! Find out why they are asking you to do that turn a little differently. The info they are giving you can be so valuable!

  • Be sure to thank the Teacher after the class! It is so important that you thank your teachers! We love chatting with students after class, and hearing that they had a good time in class really makes us happy!

A series of master classes cannot make up for or take the place of technique training. It can however, give a dancer fresh insight into areas which may need extra focus. Pay special attention if your dancer’s director recommends a class or brings one to you. They may specifically have your dancer’s training or prospects in mind.

Fitness Classes added to Fall Schedule 2018

Our Fall Schedule has been updated!!


We have a bunch of cool new programs that we are excited to bring to BBDC!!

BALLROOM! BBDC will be offering 3 levels of Ballroom this year! Junior Senior and Adult! We are excited to bring the Mambo, FoxTrot, Waltz, Swing, and a whole lot more! Classes will be offered on MONDAY Nights!

POUND & Generation POUND! Pound is an exciting Cardio Workout Class where you get to be a Rockstar! This class gets you moving while you use weighted drum sticks to drum to the music! Generation POUND is made for kids! These classes will be on TUESDAY & THURSDAY!

YOGA! Unwind with BBDC in this relaxing class! Yoga is important to dancers and non-dancers! It helps with flow and upper body strength! We are excited to offer this class on TUESDAY Nights for Adults, and SATURDAY Mornings for dancers!

ZUMBA! That’s right! This high energy class will be available in the mornings and in the evening! So many class times to choose from!

ADULT DANCE!!  JAZZ AND TAP for our Adults! Have fun and dance it out! We will be learning Jazz and Tap techniques! Perfect for the novice or seasoned dancer!

We are going to have so much fun!

Classes will be offered in the morning, evenings, and even on Saturday and Sunday! Classes to fit every schedule! Come alone or bring a friend! We want to get in shape with you! Let’s start the new school year with a little more focus on you and your good health!

Ballroom comes to BBDC!!

Ballroom Dancin at BBDC!!

BBDC is so excited to add Ballroom to our Fall Program!

We would love to introduce you to our new Faculty Miss Angie Lorenzo! Miss Angie will be teaching all ages and levels of Ballroom this year! We will have Ballroom for our Junior Level Dancers (Ages 6-11), Senior Dancers (Ages 12+) and Adults! Come in and try a class! We know you’ll love it!

1. Physical Skills: Balance, Discipline, and so much more!

Ballroom dancing can not only build coordination, grace, poise, and posture – but it can also develop great core strength and flexibility. Regardless of age, ballroom dancing is one of the most effective forms of cardiovascular exercise because… it doesn’t feel like cardio. So if your son or daughter needs to take their physical activity up a notch, without feeling like it is exercise, ballroom dance lessons will do the trick. (They may even learn some cool salsa in the process.)

2. Dance Skills: Going Beyond the Recital

This is the obvious result of taking any dance class, but with ballroom dancing, this translates to a practical activity that can be used for the rest of their lives on any given night. While jazz, tap, ballet, and other forms of dance provide great discipline, fundamentals, and overall physical training; they don’t necessarily translate well to a non-recital environment. Then again, they’re young, they can handle it – why not just have them try it all!?

3. Social Skills: Old School is the New School

“Would you like to dance a Waltz?”
If your son, daughter, niece, nephew, or favorite barista could say something like that… would it blow you away? Ballroom dancing not only teaches the skill of dancing, but the incredibly important skills of actually asking people to dance. Out loud. Without texting.
This, even by itself, builds confidence and self esteem exponentially. When kids struggle interacting with each other, they tend to avoid all the social events that can, eventually, improve their social skills. So, until something changes, the “social rich” get richer. Ballroom dancing instantly levels the social playing field. All it takes a few dance lessons and one invitation to dance.

4. A Unique Identity: Group Access Pass

Let’s face it, not every kid out there is going to be the captain of the football team, cheerleading team, or debate team. Some kids are like a ship without a harbor in the social group pool. Being a ballroom dancer offers a unique identity that isn’t directly attached to a school clique. This eases the pressure and can build confidence for them as an individual, rather than by copying or trying to impress their peers. When they are ready, they can utilize that confidence to join the group at school that best suits them.








Ballroom is such an awesome addition to the BBDC schedule!

We have classes for both children and adults! Upcoming dance parties in Foxtrot and Waltz! Sign up today space is very limited!

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  • 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,… ★ Read More

  • Dance is for everyone!

    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!

    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… ★ Read More

  • 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… ★ Read More