Since 1980 Briarwood Ballet has been offering excellent instruction in classical ballet and dance education within a Christ-centered environment. This is no ordinary dance school! Why else would parents drive from as far away as Gadsden and Sylacauga to bring their children to a dance class? It is true that some students have received dance scholarships to major universities as well as to nationally recognized summer ballet programs; some have gone on to dance professionally or even start their own ballet schools. But the uniqueness of Briarwood Ballet is found in every classroom – from creative movement for 3-year-olds to intensive workshops – where each student learns that the gift of dance is from God and can be used for His glory.
Each year Briarwood Ballet serves over 400 students of all ages and abilities with varying goals and aspirations. The school includes a preschool division, a graded division for 1st through 4th graders, and a two-track program for 5th-12th graders to concentrate on either contemporary or classical dance. Seasonal Mommy & Me sessions are offered for toddlers and a caregiver as well as adult classes for beginners or intermediates. Ballet performances, unlike recitals, are story ballets written as a vehicle for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Briarwood’s performing companies have also had the privilege of using dance to spread the gospel in many foreign countries including Russia, Cuba, and China. Visit www.briarwood.org/