Developmental Classes for Young Children

Our classes for beginners provide correct technical progressions for growing minds and bodies. Through class performances and preparation for our annual production, students gain self confidence and poise while developing artistry and a joy of dance.


Designed for: New students ages 6-8 and qualified returning students
Class length: 45 minutes
Class description: Pre-Ballet is our formal introduction to the study of ballet. The class incorporates basic ballet steps and French terminology into the curriculum. Students learn a series of warm-up and conditioning exercises as well as the formal use of the ballet barre for technical development.

We highly recommend this class in conjunction with Tap/Jazz, Introduction to Hip Hop, and Pre-Acrobatics.


Designed for: New students ages 6-8 and qualified returning students (for Creative Movement graduates)
Class length: 45 minutes
Class description: Tap/Jazz builds on motor skills introduced in Creative Movement; focusing on beginning tap skills while introducing the “razz-a-ma-tazz” of jazz dance. Students learn tap and jazz conditioning warm-ups, and focus on the technical development.

We recommend taking Pre-Ballet, Introduction to Hip Hop, and Pre-Acrobatics in conjunction with this class.

Introduction to Hip-Hop

Designed for: New students ages 5-7 and qualified returning students
Class length: 45 minutes
Class description: Hip-Hop is a modern evolution of jazz set to urban music and has developed into the predominant dance form in pop culture today. Hip-hop technique includes work on isolations of the body, pop and lock movements and rhythm work. Our Intro to Hip-Hop class teaches age appropriate moves and combinations to introduce children to this exciting and fun discipline.

We recommend taking Pre-Ballet, Tap/Jazz, and Pre-Acrobatics.

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About Us

Berkshire Dance Theatre (BDT) is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of dance and other performing arts. BDT provides beginning, intermediate and advanced students the opportunity to improve their technical and artistic skills in dance and related arts, and fosters public awareness and interest in dance and other performing activities.

46 Howland Ave

Adams, Massachusetts 01220

66 School St

Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267

120 Union St

Bennington, Vermont 0520

(413) 743-4645

(802) 447-8855