Training Programs at BDF

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Keep reading to learn all about our dancer training programs offered at Brighton Dance Festival...

Let us first tell you a little about our faculty and our culture here at BDF:

Our faculty members are currently working professional choreographers, company directors and dancers from all across the globe. This gives dancers in our programs an opportunity to make genuine connections within the dance industry. Our motto at BDF is "Be Inspired", and we take that very seriously! While you will be physically challenged, and you will learn new technical skills during your time in class, you will notice that our faculty care deeply about cultivating the artist within.

To help keep everyone healthy and safe during the 2021 festival events as we continue to navigate the end of the covid-19 pandemic, we will be pulling from more local faculty in the Michigan dance community, and a few BDF favorites from across the US.

What training programs are available at BDF?

Youth Program: Ages 10-12 with a minimum of four years prior dance training

This program focuses on our young dance artists who want a pre-professional approach to dance education. Dancers in the Youth Program can expect a mix of jazz, modern, improvisation, ballet, tap and hip hop classes.

Teen Program: Ages 12-16 with a minimum of four years prior dance training

This program is for teen dancers who want to be challenged and are eager to explore new styles of movement. Classes in the Teen Program include modern, jazz, ballet, improvisation, African, contemporary, floor work, and more.

Professional Program: Ages 16 through adult with a minimum of four years prior training

This is our most advanced training program, and provides a professional experience for serious dance students. Classes focus on technical strength and diversity of movement vocabulary. The Professional Program is fantastic for advanced high school juniors & seniors, college dancers, college graduates and professional dancers.

What else is offered at BDF?

Dance Teacher Programs: Ages 18+

We offer two events specifically designed for dance educators. The first event is exclusively for Michigan-based dance educators (MI Dance Teacher Retreat) and focuses on networking, self-care, and inspiration for teachers. The second event is our unique Dance Teacher Development Day, open to participants nationwide. This day dives into continued education for dance teachers, with seminars in dancer wellness, curriculum development, classroom management, business strategies, and more.

Community Programs: All ages and experience levels

BDF also offers a variety of community classes for movers of all abilities, backgrounds and experience levels.


Each weekend includes our BDF Studio Series performances, featuring showcases by professional performing artists from throughout the US. These are free and open to the public!

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