"She looks forward to every lesson and is always practising her routines, even on the walk to school! [...] 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." Parent
"I'm feeling very optimistic about 2023, thank you again for guiding me through and being such an integral part of my life. I don't know what I would do without the gift you give which is dance!" Student
Our award-winning competition team is entry by invite/audition only.
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We take part in dance festivals, dance competitions and conventions, youth platforms, international events such as Dance World Cup 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. Dancers will only be invited if they show special enthusiasm, dedication, and regular attendance of all their classes.
Advised – ballet, jazz, contemporary, acro (must take at least two styles)
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)
Elite dancers should be taking ballet, jazz, acro, contemporary and street, and sometimes doing two jazz or ballet a week.
Our comp team are not permitted to also train at another dance school, or be part of another local dance school 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 support pre-vocational dance programmes. Our dancers are encouraged to enjoy beneficial pre-vocational training from CAT schemes or pre-vocational programmes at weekends, but they may have to reduce their participation in our events due to clashes.
We encourage dancers to talk to us if you'd like advice on which programmes to apply for!
Troupe is for dancers at Brooks who wish to perform regularly. They 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 teams are for exceptional soloists, who show the most passion for dance. These dancers may learn additional competition group, solo, duet pieces in technical jazz, contemporary, ballet.
Dancers should be training 5+ hours a week to be selected for additional choreography and opportunities across the year.
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 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 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/commercial teacher Alice Rhodes had an incredible career working with artists such as Pharrel and Rhianna, as well as with professional hiphop dance company Boy Blue Ent.
Dancers get the opportunity to explore hiphop, street and commercial routines, from solos to groups at Brooks.