Learn Original Broadway Choreography!
Musical Theatre Dance
Structured just like musical theatre dance classes at NYC studios, students learn original Broadway choreography from all styles of musical theatre. This class is designed for busy theatre students to learn a combination of musical theatre dance, ballet technique, jazz, and multiple Broadway styles. In the performing business, auditions are your tests, and dance classes are where you study. Whether you are preparing for professional auditions in New York, college auditions, or your next show audition, BTI’s musical theatre dance program will get you to where you want to be.
Musical Theatre Dance classes focus on…
• Establishing strong dance technique
• Increasing strength, flexibility, and endurance
• Learning the dance vocabulary used in musical theatre
• Building musical theatre dance repertoire of Broadway Choreography (a priceless preparation for professional auditions and your career in general)
• Learning both musical theatre and dance history which are incorporated right into the class
Tuition: 90 Minute Class –$20 per class. (The total for the month is due on the first class date of each month. BTI offers 3-5 classes each month, depending on the number of Sundays and holiday weekends in a given month.)
Students who take BTI’s tap classes in addition to this class qualify for the multi-class discount. (Details below under “Multi-Class Discount”.)
BTI’s beginning Musical Theatre Dance classes are designed for students who have prior dance training, but are relatively new to dance — typically with less than two years of continuous training, (outside of show rehearsals). The class requires prior knowledge of ballet, jazz, and musical theatre dance terminology, and includes full a ballet barre during warm up, jazz across the floor, and Broadway choreography.
BTI’s intermediate/advanced Musical Theatre Dance classes move quickly and require a minimum of two years of ballet and jazz training within the last four years. If you are competent with an intermediate/advanced level ballet barre, double jazz turns, split leaps, and are able to pick up choreography quickly, BTI’s intermediate/advanced level classes will be a good fit for you.
Students who have not previously studied ballet and jazz in a formal class setting (outside of show rehearsals), or who would like a refresher before joining the class, may schedule private lessons by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why: It’s simple. The more training you have, the more employable you are. In addition to being a form of dance, tap is also a form of music, and an integral part of a musical theatre performer’s training. There are two major styles of tap: Broadway tap and rhythm tap. Both styles are used in Broadway shows and therefore both are taught in BTI classes. Students learn choreography by tap legends Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Randy Skinner, and many more!
Most BTI students take both Tap and Musical Theatre Dance, and we highly recommend it as the classes complement each other well and help build solid dance technique, coordination, strength, and musicality.
Tap classes focus on…
• Establishing strong tap technique
• Increasing coordination, rhythm, strength and endurance
• Learning tap vocabulary
• Learning both rhythm and Broadway tap style combinations
Tuition: 60 Minute Class – $15 per class. (The total for the month is due on the first class date of each month. BTI offers 3-5 classes each month, depending on the number of Sundays and holiday weekends in a given month.)
Students who take BTI’s musical theatre dance classes in addition to this class qualify for the multi-class discount. (Details below under “Multi-Class Discount”.)
BTI’s beginning tap classes move quickly and are designed for students who have studied tap for less than 2 years, but does require prior training. If you are competent with original time steps (singles, doubles, and triples), drawbacks, buffalos, maxi fords, paradiddles, and cramp rolls, BTI’s beginning level tap classes will be a good fit for you.
BTI’s intermediate/advanced tap classes move quickly and require a minimum of two years of training within the past four years. If you are competent with all of your time steps, crossing drawbacks, wings, syncopated tips and pullbacks, and can shuffle off to buffalo while turning, BTI’s intermediate/advanced level tap classes will be a good fit for you.
Students who have not previously studied tap in a formal class setting (outside of show rehearsals), or who would like a refresher before joining the class, may schedule private lessons by emailing email@example.com.
Dance Program Info
Age-Range: 14 and up. Students under the age of 14 are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Dance Faculty: Andrea Kehler
Musical theatre Dance: Athletic or dance clothing and jazz shoes. Intermediate/Advanced level students are required to wear form fitting dance clothing, and ballet and character shoes are also recommended for this level, but not required.
Tap: Athletic or dance clothing and tap shoes. Tap shoes are a percussive instrument, and for this particular class we recommend hard tap shoes for “rhythm tap”, rather than flexible jazz tap or high-heeled tap shoes.
Dance Program Schedule
Musical Theatre Dance – Prior training required
When: Sundays 2:05 – 3:35 p.m.
When: Sundays 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Tap – Prior training required
When: Sundays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
When: Sundays 3:55 – 4:55 p.m.
Winter/Spring Class Dates
Sunday, January 14
Sunday, January 21
Sunday, January 28
Sunday, February 11
Sunday, February 18
Sunday, February 25
Sunday, March 11
Sunday, March 18
Sunday, March 25
Sunday, April 15
Sunday, April 22
Sunday, April 29
Summer Class Dates
Sunday, June 10
Sunday, June 17
Sunday, June 24
Sunday, July 8
Sunday, July 15
Sunday, July 22
Sunday, July 29
Sunday, August 12
Sunday, August 19
Sunday, August 26
Dance classes are held year-round. BTI typically does not offer dance classes during May and December.
BTI Dance Class Location: Centerstage Starz Studio (University Blvd. and County Line Rd.)
Registration: Prior training is required for our current classes – students who have not previously studied dance in a formal class setting (outside of show rehearsals), or who would like a refresher before joining any of our classes, may schedule private lessons by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multi-Class Discount: Students who take both the Musical Theatre Dance and Tap classes, will receive a $5 discount for each day of classes. For example, if there are four class dates in a month, the student’s cost will be discounted from $140 to $120. ($35 for both classes, minus the $5 discount per each day of classes, times four days of classes.)
Tuition Policy: BTI is unable to prorate monthly tuition or allow drop-ins for dance classes, but does offer a $5 discount for each day of classes to help offset any classes that students may be unable to attend.
If a student is unable to attend a BTI dance class, 48 hours advance notice is requested.
If a student needs to request permission to take a temporary leave from dance classes for financial reasons due to multiple Sunday shows, rehearsals, or college auditions, (spanning 4 or more consecutive Sundays), they must do so in writing via email, no less than 15 days prior to the first date in question. Each instance will be reviewed individually. If unpaid leave is granted, whether or not BTI is able to hold your place, (or will need to offer it to a waitlisted student), will depend on the number of conflicts.
BTI dance classes are ongoing and are held year-round. Students only need to register online once — there is no need to re-register each season.
There is a one-time $10 registration fee for new dance students.
Questions: If you have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com. We are happy to help!
Private Lessons: Interested in scheduling private lessons for a refresher before joining any of our classes, or to get more training and progress faster? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waiting List: If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for a sold out class, please email email@example.com and indicate which class(es) you’d like to be placed on the waiting list for.
Don’t want to wait until a space opens up? Private lessons are available, and students can transition into BTI dance classes when a space opens up. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.