For age 4:  Ballet
For age 5:  Ballet, Modern & Tap (Combo)

For age 6-9:  Ballet, Modern & Tap (Combo), Jazz & Acro (Combo), Street, Troupes

For age 10-13:  Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Contemporary (Combo), Acro, Street, Pointe, Troupes

For age 14+:  Ballet, Tap, Acro, Jazz, Contemporary, Street, Pointe, Commercial & Heels, Troupes, Companies


General Age Groups:
Children Classes – Age 4-8
Junior Classes – Age 9-12
Teen Classes – Age 13-17
Adult Classes – Age 18+


General Skill Levels:
Beginner Level – Learning dance technique as a fun hobby or just starting out, training 2-4 hours a week

Intermediate Level – Developing good technique and starting to see growing success in their exams/results, often training 4-8 hours a week
Advanced Level – Strong technique and ability, dedicated to dance, and often training 8+ hours a week

Elite Level – An exceptional soloist who sees success in exams/events and wants to pursue a dance career, training 10+ hours a week.

ISTD Levels
Nursery, Pre-Primary, Primary, Grade 1–6, Pre-Inter, Inter, Adv 1

All ages are approximate, and dancers are generally placed into class based on ability/experience.

Autumn Term 2021 – Sep-Dec (Draft Timetable)

Mondays at BDA Studio 

3.45 - 5.00pm Ballet & Tap (Combo) – Grade 3

5.00 - 6.00pm Ballet – Inter (Exam Class)

6.00 - 6.45pm Tap – Inter (Exam Class)

6.45 - 8.00pm Ballet – Adv 1

8.00 - 8.30pm Pointe – Adv 1


Monday at Sir Robert Woodard 
5.00 - 6.20pm Jazz & Contemporary (Combo) – Pre-Teen

6.20 - 7.10pm Acro Jazz & Flexibility
7.10 - 8.30pm Jazz & Contemporary (Combo) – Teen


Tuesday at BDA Studio

3.45 - 4.45pm Ballet & Tap (Combo) – Grade 2

4.45 - 6.00pm Ballet & Tap (Combo) – Grade 4

6.00 - 6.40pm Progressing Ballet Technique

6.40 - 7.10pm Tap – Grade 4

7.10 - 8.30pm Ballet & Pointe – Grade 5


Tuesday at Sir Robert Woodard (Invite Only)

5.30 - 6.30pm 'Elite Company' – Contemporary & Lyrical (12+)
6.30 - 8.00pm 'BDC Youth' – Contemporary (14+)


Wednesday at BDA Studio

4.00 - 5.10pm Jazz & Contemporary (Combo) – Junior

5.10 - 6.30pm Contemporary Jazz – Inter

6.30 - 7.10pm Tap Rep – Inter/Adv

7.10 - 8.30pm Contemporary Jazz – Adv 


Thursday at Sir Robert Woodard

5.00 - 6.00pm Jazz & Acro (Combo) – Children (age 6-9)

6.00 - 7.00pm Acro – Junior, Level 2-4

7.00 - 8.15pm Acro – Teen, Level 4-6

Thursday at BDA Studio
3.45 - 4.45pm Ballet & Tap (Combo) – Grade 1

4.45 - 5.20pm Progressing Ballet Technique

5.20 - 6.10pm Ballet – Grade 6
6.10 - 6.40pm Pointe – Grade 6

6.40 - 7.10pm Tap – Grade 5/6

7.10 - 8.10pm Ballet – Inter

8.10 - 8.40pm Pointe – Inter 


Friday at BDA Studio

5.15 - 6.15pm Junior Street – Age 8+

6.15 - 7.15pm Int/Adv Street – Teen/Adult

7.15 - 8.15pm Int/Adv Commercial & Heels – Teen/Adult 


Saturday at BDA Studio

9.15 - 10.00am Nursery Ballet – Age 4

10.15 - 11.15am Pre-Primary Ballet, Modern & Tap – Age 5/6

11.30 - 12.30pm Primary Ballet, Modern & Tap – Age 6+

1.00 - 4.00pm Troupe Rehearsals/ Privates 


Saturday at Sir Robert Woodard, Studio 1

9.15 - 10.45am Junior Troupe – Age 11 & Under 
10.45 - 12.15pm Teen Troupe – Age 15 & Under

Saturday at Sir Robert Woodard, Studio 2
9.15 - 12.15pm Privates


Sunday at BDA Studio

9.30 - 10.45am Adult Contemporary Jazz (Inter/Adv)
11 - 12pm Senior Troupe 21&U (Ad Hoc)

12 - 4pm Privates 

NB. All classes eligible for multi-class discount except troupe/company classes.

Genre Breakdown

Ballet – A core style of dance and key to all dance training. We use ISTD syllabus for our ballet classes and students work towards their exams. Advanced classes are often free-work based and set by the teacher.

Tap – Dancers who enjoy tap and have progressed to a certain level will continue to take their ISTD tap exams up to the higher grades. A classic style seen in musical theatre and the most rhythmical style of dance.

Modern, Jazz & Contemporary (Combo) – Dancers start by learning modern techniques and then as they get older will learn further modern styles such as jazz, contemporary and lyrical. Our combo classes include flexibility, travelling, turns, leaps, floor-work, artistry, improv, group work and development of technique and understanding across a variety of dance styles and dynamics such as lyrical, modern, jazz and contemporary.

Contemporary Jazz – A jazz-based professional-style dance class with contemporary influences for Int/Adv dancers only. Dancers will take part in a stretch, technique, progressions across the floor, and learn a weekly dance routine which will be performed in small groups. This class develops versatility and is great for audition practice. Routines in all styles of jazz such as lyrical, commercial, musical theatre, or contemporary. 

BDC Youth – For dancers (year 11-13) who wish to develop further in pure contemporary dance. Includes improvisation techniques, and creating work for live performance or film. Dancers also develop technique through the Rambert Grades contemporary syllabus.

Acro – Using Acrobatic Arts syllabus, dancers work across conditioning, limbering, flexibility, strength, balance and tumbling exercises to develop acrobatic elements for dance. All our acro classes are only available in addition to ballet/jazz/contemporary, as the syllabus is specifically designed to develop the aesthetic qualities of ballet/jazz. Please bring your own acro mat.

Acro Jazz – A conditioning and tricks tech class using Acrobatic Arts syllabus, helping teen dancers to develop more advanced tricking/flexibility/strength elements to enhance their jazz dance. Less focus on tumbling elements of acro and more focus on flexibility and strength to improve jazz tech, such as leap variations, extensions, trick steps and floor-work. Please bring your own yoga mat/ or acro mat. 

Tap Rep – An advanced weekly free tap class learning different tap repertoire. For intermediate/ adv level tappers age 14+.

Street – Learning a variety hiphop/street techniques, and working towards performances (if part of a street crew). 

Commercial/Heels – Weekly routine-based class developing technique in commercial dance styles and heels technique. Featuring current music and a variety of styles/techniques seen in pop music videos and commercial dance performance. Age 14+