"Thank you for allowing [X] to be part of the most wonderful day yesterday. She is totally obsessed with dancing and my husband and I are so happy she has found a school that supports, challenges and inspires her the way that Brooks does. She looks forward to every lesson and is always practising her routines, even on the walk to school! [X] has made some great friends at Brooks and we are very grateful that the older girls have looked out for her and welcomed her into the troupe."
"Thanks for all the determination you keep bringing out in that girl and the joy she gets out of it."
"Choreography, technique, and performance was fantastic throughout – a real class act, as always! Thank you for supporting [X] and giving her the opportunity – she absolutely loved it and will be buzzing from it for weeks to come, and will have some wonderful memories of performing with her friends with her for life."
"Felt very proud to be part of BDA yesterday. Such fabulous choreography as ever which was a joy to watch."
"It was all so brilliant and [X] (actually me mostly) is beaming with pride today. Thanks so much."
Our award-winning competition team is entry by invite/audition only. Our competition team take part in dance festivals, dance competitions & conventions, youth platforms and our bi-annual show. All competition dancers must take a certain number of technique classes per week to be part of our team, and regular training in ballet and jazz is recommended as a minimum requirement.
Mandatory – Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, advised – Acro
Must take weekly class in the same style of routine to be considered (Tap/Street etc.)
Minimum hours of training per week: Age 8-10 (3+ hours), Age 11+ (4+ hours)
Dancers will only be invited if they show special enthusiasm, dedication, and regular attendance of all their classes.
Our comp team are not permitted to also train at another dance school, or be part of another local dance team. This is part of dance school etiquette – you should not train at one school and compete for another. Dancers who also compete in different but complementary hobbies such as gymnastics or musical theatre clubs are supported where possible to enjoy both hobbies. We also support pre-vocational dance programmes. Our dancers enjoy beneficial pre-vocational training from the following: The Place/Laban CAT Scheme, Central Ballet Associates, Ceyda Tanc Youth Company, English National Ballet Youth Co, Rambert School Associates, Sol Dans Youth. Please discuss with your teachers if you'd like to explore options for additional training.
Troupe is for dancers at Brooks who wish to perform regularly and be part of dynamic and varied group routines. Those who are passionate and dedicated dancers will learn about the importance of team work, performance quality and theatre professionalism.
Dancers learn group choreography, and may be selected for one, or a variety of groups in all different modern-styles including jazz, tap, lyrical and as they get older, contemporary.
Some dancers may be invited to have a solo, duet or trio after they have gained enough confidence performing as part of a group.
Our elite team is for exceptional dancers, and those who show the most passion for dance. This team work together weekly to prepare competition pieces in technical jazz/contemporary and is for dancers aged 12-18. Dancers on this team will take part in many competitions across the year, and also compete with solos,
Our principal Miss Jackie selects students who show ballet promise to be part of our classical groups for Festivals & Competitions. Dancers rehearse weekly on Saturday mornings.
Dancers who love and excel in ballet will also be offered a classical solo. Often this means purchasing a beautiful hand-made tutu to be worn for the solo performances.
BDC Youth is our contemporary youth company for pre-vocational dancers aged 15+ run as an associate company to the school. Dancers focus on contemporary dance technique and improvisation, and create choreography for film & local performances/ youth platforms.
Our Street Crews (Junior & Senior) rehearse weekly with professional dancer Alice Rhodes who had an incredible career working with artists such as Pharrel & Rhianna, as well as with professional hiphop dance company Boy Blue Ent.
Our crews explore styles such as hiphop, street and commercial and will perform routines a few times throughout the year, as well as work on technique and freestyle.
A snapshot of the types of events you can find our competition team performing at each year. Dancers will also compete with solos, duets and trios.
U.Dance/ Youth Platforms
Southern Dance Awards
Brooks Academy Show