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

Playbill.com Article

WOW!!

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

 

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!!

FITNESS IS BACK!!!

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!

Don’t skip the basics! Work on them this Summer!

Here is a very interesting article from our friends at Acrobatique!

It is so important to build a strong foundation of technique before moving on to the more advanced skills! The Summer time is a great time to work on the basics! Our Summer Dance Program will feature Master Teachers and solid technique and terminology, Classes start July 23rd. The schedule can be found on the schedule tab of this site! Feel free to contact the studio to schedule your FREE Evaluation Class!

 

Why We Don’t Skip Ahead to the “Big Tricks”: The Importance of Progression

By Lisa Claydon of the Acrobatique AcroDance Syllabus

Acro is progressive. A cartwheel progresses to a side aerial, which progresses to a front aerial. A bridge kick-over progresses to a back walkover, which progresses to a back handspring.

We all want our students to be successful and reach their goals. We would love to have them performing impressive tricks and wowing the crowd onstage. In order to make the “big tricks” happen, however, AcroDance teachers, students, and parents must master the arts of patience and persistence.

If you gloss over foundational tricks in a student’s acro education, there will be inevitable holes that will become apparent later in their training.For example, I met one talented acrobat who had many exceptional tricks in her repertoire. However, she never learned how to do a backward roll in Junior 1, so, even though she had all the strength and power necessary, she was never able to achieve a round-off back tuck during her peak training years. She was missing a part of her foundation, which resulted in not achieving a high-level trick down the road.

A risk of injury is created when rushing through important foundational skills and moving straight to the tricks you want to showcase onstage. In acro, muscle memory is everything. We need to instill in our students correct muscle memory by performing a lot of drills, and by only executing tricks that are safe and manageable for their age and level. This way, they will progress properly, and when they enter the world of tumbling, we can be confident that they will maintain proper technique while airborne. Not instilling this muscle memory during the Junior levels is a recipe for injury when students begin to tumble.

Not only do we want to avoid an acute (sudden) injury during tumbling, we also want to avoid chronic injuries, caused by doing a trick with improper technique over and over again. For example, if a student glossed over bridge-recovers and was rushed into working on walkovers, she may complain of lower back pain in the future. This is because she never learned, through long-term repetition, how to roll properly through the spine.

At Acrobatique, we always encourage teachers to group students into classes according to ability (as opposed to age). Performing a skills assessment before grouping classes is very helpful to see what level students are at, and where they should be placed. Then, when they receive their class schedule, they understand and respect their Acro class placement.

We want all of our students to be able to get the big tricks, but, most importantly, we want them all to work towards these tricks safely and progressively so that they can have healthy and functional bodies for their Acro training years AND into adulthood.

BBDC at Broadway Meets the Beach! Seaside NJ

OMG!!!

We had a spectacular time this past weekend performing on the big stage at Franklin Avenue on the boards in Seaside NJ!

The talented BBDC Competition Team performed along side Broadway Great Marilou Henner and the cast of her new Broadway Show Gettin the Band Back Together! Their performances were so good!

We also had the pleasure of performing after the Calendar Girls! These ladies had such great energy and pizzazz! We loved their performance to ONE from A Chorus Line!

We have been asked to reprise our performance and participate in the next two events! The BBDC Dancers were praised by the Broadway Meets the Beach Staff for being so professional while backstage, and their performance of A MUSICAL from Something Rotten was stellar!

Here are a couple photos! Enjoy!!

7 Reasons why your dancer should be in class this Summer!

With the dance studio season coming to an end, it’s time to “roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer”…and in the dance world there’s summer study, in particular.
So then the question becomes, “Why dance this summer?” What are the benefits of continuing to dance and not taking time off?
Here’s why!

REASON #1: Training during dance’s off-season will give you a “leg up”

Alexis Lepperd, founder of the Dance Teacher Network on Facebook, points out that every sport has a regular season and an off-season – and for many dancers, summer is their off-season.
“But athletes still practice and sometimes participate in specialty training during their off-season to keep their training up to date and perhaps even learn something new that can complement their existing knowledge base,” said Lepperd.
“Dance is no exception. Even if a dancer does not attend an intensive and simply keeps up with regular classes, they will be far ahead of their classmates who took the summer off. And those that do take an intensive will return with additional skill sets that will certainly help them shine above their peers.”

REASON #2: Summer freedom provides opportunities to “taste” different dance styles

“Summer training is less about advancing technique and more about opportunities where dancers can gain insight into different styles without adding another class to their schedules.” So says Annette Milone-Singuenza, studio director at A Place to Dance in Maspeth, NY.
“Summer freedom offers a chance to ‘taste’ different dance forms during workshops, through visiting teachers or master classes, conventions, or going to see dance performances. This helps the dancer make decisions about how/where they would like to increase their level of commitment.”

REASON #3: Taking the summer off means resuming in the fall from three steps behind

From the competition perspective, Adrienne Kellett believes that dancers who do not continue to take classes over the summer have a hard time getting back into it and potentially can become lazy. Kellett is competition director for Throw Down Dance Challenge.
“It’s undoing what has already been accomplished,” Kellett said. “I also feel that it takes a good three months for the dancer to get back to the level they were already at. A serious student should dance year-round and take as many classes as possible.”

REASON #4: Dancers can grab the extended time and concentrate on more intricate things

“During the summertime, most kids are stress-free and when they get into dance they focus on just DANCE.” That’s according to Stefanie Salaman, studio director at Performers Edge Dance Academy, Bronx NY.
“With that being said, dancers tend to concentrate on the more intricate things – like closing their rib cage, working on a higher releve’ and working their flexibility to have a correctly placed battement. These elements are all worked on throughout the season, however summer classes will help to make the dancer really understand their body.”

REASON #5: These experiences provide the opportunity for growth, beyond just dance

“Training during the summer,” said Salaman, “whether through workshops, weekly class, intensives or camps, is highly recommended in my studio because it always produces positive results and helps each individual become a better person, as well as a better dancer. Intensives and workshops that provide a positive atmosphere teach dancers not only to dance, but also to be independent and ready for the professional dance world.”

REASON #6: Training in the summer confirms that being a dancer is part of your lifestyle

“The summer is time for sun, fun, and vacation…and for dance! Being a dancer is a lifestyle, and incorporating your training during these months is vital to maintaining all the technique you worked so hard for during the year.” Who would know better than Karla Garcia, a professional dancer, a Season 5 finalist on TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and currently appearing on Broadway in Hamilton.
“It’s also important for returning to your studio in the fall. You’ll find it easier and smoother to get back into a full dance schedule.”

REASON #7: Dance is just plain “Hot Fun in the Summertime”

“On top of everything else, summer dance is so much fun!” Garcia continued. “Meeting new people at intensives and getting to take class outside your studio with other dancers and from different teachers from around the country is all a part of your growth as an artist. By the end of the summer, you will be so INSPIRED to return full force in the fall.”

We encourage all of our talented dancers to take class over the Summer!

Did you know there is a Drop In Rate per class so there is no need to commit to all 6 weeks!
UNLIMITED Weeks are also available!

Check out the Summer and Fall Schedules here:
http://www.BroadwayBound.dance/schedule

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    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


  • 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… ★ Read More


  • 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!… ★ Read More


  • Playbill.com Article

    WOW!! Mr Joseph Brunetti, Producer of Broadway Meets the Beach in Seaside, sent this terrific article and promo video that has been featured on Playbill.com!!!   See the video and… ★ Read More