Belinda Bridgeman Academy of Dance - "Dreams Begin with One Step"

Testimonials From the Alumni


I danced at Belinda Bridgeman Academy of Dance from 1985 through 1992. Here was where I found a terrific, safe place to gain a strong foundation in both performance and technique, as well as explore how to express myself creatively. All of which I put to practical use in leading a successful, original, and entirely youth-produced, dance-music-art show the year I graduated high school. I went on to study computer science on scholarship, and then worked in the software industry for eight years, completing studies in graphic arts in the meantime. Now, with a wonderful husband and seven year old daughter, I am a published wire jewelry artist, and photographer, focusing primarily in fine art, family and children lifestyle portraits, as well as theater and dance event photography. Throughout the years, I've never stopped dancing--in college, after work hours, and still continuing to dance and perform with a group of modern dancers in the NH/ME seacoast area. Best wishes BBAD!
- Rae Ann Wilson 85'-92'

"I started dancing with Belinda in 1995, when I was 8 years old, and continued up until I graduated from Merrimack High School in 2005. I did tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and pointe. While dancing with Belinda, I learned, not only how to dance, but how to carry myself with confidence and how to present myself in front of a crowd of people. I learned discipline, independence, and stage presence. I have taken those valuable skills and have been able to apply them to my life. I have danced as an alumni 3 of the 4 years since I graduated high school. I plan on returning to Belinda Bridgeman Academy of Dance to take the adult jazz class because I miss dancing so much! I just graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. I work for Manchester Radio Group, which includes 95.7 WZID, 96.5 The Mill, 1370 WFEA, and Hot Hits 94.1/103.1, as the Assistant Promotions Director."
- Shannon Stephens 98'-05'

"I began dancing at Belinda Bridgeman Academy of Dance when I was three years old and continued through high school. Dancing was my favorite way to keep in shape and de-stress. During my time at BBAD I made many close friends and developed a passion for all kinds of dancing. I loved performing in the Nutcracker each year. I learned choreography and danced in the Waltz of the Flowers and the Russian and Chinese dances. After high school, I attended Quinnipiac University where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. I joined the Quinnipiac Ballroom Dancing Team to learn a new kind of dance. I also obtained my aerobic instructor certification and taught a "cardio mix" class at my school. I hope to open a dance/fitness studio of my own someday. I still participate in the alumni dance during year-end recital at the Palace Theater every spring. I make sure to stop by the studio whenever I get a chance!"
- Jenna Palm 92'-05'

"Having spent most of my childhood and adolescence dancing at BBAD, it gave me a sense of confidence both on and off stage.  Now whenever I hear a song that I danced to in a recital or the Nutcracker, it always brings me back. In 2007, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.  For the past two years, I have been traveling the country to college campuses as an educational consultant for my sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau.  I am now pursuing a master's degree in Higher Education - Student Affairs at Old Dominon University in Norfolk, VA while working in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership."
- Jen Cohen 90'-03'

"We love Belinda and Brittany, the best teachers in NH!!!"
-Tracy Lurvey 
BBAD Parent

"BBAD is the one and only place to dance!!! We love it and they have the best instructors in NH, heck even in NE."
-Kathy Komar
BBAD Parent

Miss Belinda and Miss Brittany have taught me so much, helped me build my self-esteem and my confidence level, They have halped me acomplish things i didnt even know I could do, and for that I am vary greatful for being a BBAD dancer, I love coming to dance because of them and I love them for it!!!
-Courtney Schaub
Current Student & Class Assistant

My girls LOVED this camp! I'm hoping schedules will match and we can enroll them in some classes!!!! Belinda and Brittany are so down to earth and instill core values and principles in these young ladies.
-Chelie Beauprie
BBAD Summer Camp Parent

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