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Birmingham Dance Theatre
Founded in 1962
Birmingham Dance Theatre, Inc. was formed to offer students an environment where they are capable of receiving personal attention in a demanding yet enjoyable atmosphere.
Joni Scofield is the owner and artistic director of BDT. She took over the studio from her mother Nora Nash and has even further developed a tradition of disciplined hard work with a family atmosphere.
From the instructors we hire to our facilities, we want you to have as many possibilities to learn and grow in the world of dance. BDT has a state of the art building with 6 spacious studios including a small theatre. Each studio has a suspended floor with marley flooring, viewing windows & updated lighting and sound.
Classes offered at Birmingham Dance Theatre
For little ones ages 2-4, we provide an excellent introduction to dance in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. We offer several options for this age group.
Ballet class is a classical dance form that incorporates grace and precision of movement. Ballet class focuses on overall body alignment and awareness
Jazz classes at BDT explode with energy! With music styles ranging from hip-hop to show tunes, the beat alone will get you moving. Jazz classes encourage expression of individual style and originality.
Lyrical class is designed for intermediate to advanced students with previous training in ballet.
Contemporary is a style of dance that uses the emotion and mood of the music to elicit movements from the dancers.
HIP - HOP
One of the highest energy, versatile styles of dance. Hip Hop uses your own personal rhythm, as well as current dance moves.
A style of dance using special shoes to create different rhythms and sounds. Tap is great for developing musicality and coordination skills.
NO GIRLS ALLOWED! B-Boy/Breaking consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes.
Acrobatics teaches strength, flexibility, and tumbling. Gymnastics skills include walkovers, limbers, handsprings, and more.
Jo Anne Baker Skoog
Dance with the best!
With 54 years of dance education. Birmingham Dance Theatre is devoted to properly train aspiring individuals of all ages to excel in each genre of dance. Our purpose is to nurture, educate, guide and encourage all students to develop their personal best.
The teachers are AMAZING!!! They instill in each of their students a love for dance and nurture it throughout the year. My three girls have not only learned movement, but the teachers also focus on the education of the terminology of what they are being taught. I am forever grateful to the teachers at Birmingham Dance Theater for pouring their hearts into my kids and for inspiring them by their example.
Valerie Stephens Whitt
My daughter has danced at BDT for 4 years! We've done everything from 1 class to competition. We have LOVED it all!!!! The instructors are fabulous....attentive, knowledgeable, talented, and invested. They truly immerse themselves in your childs dancing journey! I couldn't have asked for a better dance studio or dance teachers!!!
Dance education is not equal everywhere. It takes a passion for the art of dance, it takes a desire to truly teach, with a healthy balance of heart and discipline. It requires a love for children and their own individuality each child brings to the class and dance genre. BDT is and always has been this--and so much more--for more than 50 years.
My daughter has taken at Birmingham Dance Theatre going on 3 years. BDT has provided her with the highest quality dance training available in the Birmingham area with a heavy focus on mastering technique and dance terminology. Discipline, self confidence and teamwork are a constant focus during class which help prepare students for everyday life challenges. I highly recommend BDT to anyone looking for a healthy environment of proper dance training.
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Birmingham Dance Theatre Inc.
100 Olde Towne Road, Vestavia
Alabama, 35216 STE 200
Monday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fridays 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM