BETTIE JANE’S CENTER OF DANCE ART (BJCDA) was established in 1960 by Mrs. Bettie Jane Bryant, Owner and Director. Students are accepted from age four through adult, beginner to professional. Most of the classes offered at BJCDA are combination classes including, tap, ballet and jazz. Depending upon the age and level of the student, separate extra ballet classes, Irish dance classes and competition level classes are available based on teacher recommendation. The average student-teacher ratio is six to one.
Each year, Bettie Jane Bryant produces and directs the annual recital, the ‘Showcase of Stars’. This production allows each student to demonstrate what they have learned throughout the current dance season. The proceeds from the recital are traditionally donated to charity. BJCDA has raised over $180,000 for local, state and personal divisions of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In addition to the annual production, some classes are requested to perform for various civic organizations, festivals, malls, and theater productions throughout the year.