ABOUT US

BERREND DANCE CENTRE has gained the reputation of being one of the Washington Metropolitan Area's finest dance schools. The Centre offers a full and varied set of classes in all disciplines of dance for students of all levels. Faculty at Berrend Dance Centre come from some of the most prestigious dance/ballet companies and university dance programs. The Centre fosters the development of talent, confidence and self-discipline through individual attention and rigorous instructions. The atmosphere is one of enthusiasm for the dance arts, as well as, dedication to the very highest standards of dance training focused on proper technique and stage performance. Berrend Dance Centre offers a supportive and respectful learning environment with a focus on discipline and artistic expression.

 

The Centre is under the direction of Ms. Patricia Berrend, former Associate Director of The Washington School of Ballet. Ms. Berrend brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her distinguished professional dance career, 28-year association with The Washington School of Ballet, and ongoing involvement with the local dance community. Her exceptional ability as a teacher has been nationally recognized by such institutions as the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the National Foundation for the Arts.

 

Berrend Dance Centre offers exemplary training in classical ballet for children (ages 5-18), with a Pre-Professional Track (by audition) for ambitious and aspiring ballet dancers. The Centre also offers students training in an array of other genres, in addition to ballet, including: Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Flamenco, Character Dance, Hip-Hop and Tap.  Berrend Dance Centre has a Boys Ballet Program (by audition) tailored specifically to training unique skills expected of male ballet dancers. The Centre offers a Musical Theater Track that includes: Broadway Jazz, Acting and Voice Lessons. The Centre Fitness Classes enhance and strengthen students’ abilities through Stretch and Stretching, Zumba, Pilates, and Yoga. Berrend Dancer Centre also offers a robust Adult Dance Program including Ballet, Hip Hop, Mommy and Me, Stretch and Stretching, Zumba, and Yoga classes.

 

Berrend Dance Centre strongly believes that “Dance is For Everyone”. Through the Centre’s diverse dance training, students learn much more than just the art form of dance. They gain a greater sense of confidence and mastery through gaining more physical strength and coordination, establishing a disciplined work ethic, learning time management skills, and demonstrating respect for themselves and others. These skills serve the students well in whichever career path they may choose. While not all Berrend Dance Centre students pursue a career in dance, those that do are exceptionally well-prepared.

                                         

Many of Ms. Berrend's former students have become members of dance companies worldwide and, with her coaching, have received numerous prizes and awards in the most prestigious international ballet competitions. Former students have been accepted into several noteworthy companies such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Carolina Ballet Theatre, Merce Cunningham Company, City Dance, Roxey Ballet, and Lucy Bowen and Company. Students have been selected and, in some cases, awarded scholarships to study at professional schools including: The School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, the American Ballet Theatre School, Julliard, Houston Ballet Academy, the Rock School, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Ballet Met, North Carolina School of the Arts, Richmond Ballet, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, Carolina Ballet, Ballet West, and Miami City Ballet. Berrend Dance Centre students often receive multiple offers to attend prestigious ballet summer intensive programs across the United States, many with full or partial scholarships. Students have also been awarded college scholarships in dance, have become professional dancers and dance teachers and are working in dance-related fields.  

 

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Awards

2004& 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award
2004& 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award

Director, Patricia Berrend, is both the 2004 and 2015 recipient of the highly coveted Outstanding Teacher Awards at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). YAGP is considered by many to be the “Olympics” of the pre-professional ballet world; young artists who compete and win in this prestigious series of classes and performances often gain premier positions with ballet and contemporary companies around the world. The association takes great pride in acknowledging the exemplary teaching and dedicati

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2016 YAGP FINALS New York
2016 YAGP FINALS New York

DATES: April 22-29, 2016 • Top 12 Ensembles: “Entropy” by Aaron Jackson Featuring dancers Salema T., Xochi A., Maya I., Carissa C., Coral D., Alexandra M., Amelia D., Julia L., Jasmine S., Kate B., Nicole P., Margaux L., Rita C., & Allison C. • Third Place Senior Classical Women and YAGP NYC Soloist Finalist: Amelia D. LOCATION: The Jack Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE: BDC dancers will be performing in the YAGP finals. The Finals of YAGP are a week-

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2016 YAGP Semi-Finals Boston, MA
2016 YAGP Semi-Finals Boston, MA

DATES: March 18-20, 2016 Top 24 Senior Classical Women: Allison C., • Top 12 Senior Contemporary Women: Allison C. with “Brio” & Amelia D. with “Eclat” ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE: In Boston, Massachusetts, at the last of 23 national and international YAGP Semi-Finals, Berrend Dance Centre dancers scored top placement in three categories: Ensembles, Classical solos and Contemporary solos. The dancers, who range from age 13 to 18, scored Top 12 in Ensembles with an excerpt from the contemporary balle

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2017 YAGP Philadelphia, PA
2017 YAGP Philadelphia, PA
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YAGP TORONTO, ON 2019
YAGP TORONTO, ON 2019

YAGP TORONTO, ON CANADA: March 8 - 10, 2019

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YAGP Toronto March 2019
YAGP Toronto March 2019

Congratulations to our BDC Dancers. - Simon Plante 3rd Place Junior Classical Men - Lulu Chang top 24 Senior Classical Women

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Simon Plante YAGP 2019 Toronto Classical
Simon Plante YAGP 2019 Toronto Classical

Classical piece "Giselle - Albrecht" March 8 - 10, 2019

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Simon Plante YAGP 2019 Toronto Contemporary
Simon Plante YAGP 2019 Toronto Contemporary

Contemporary piece "Solitude" March 8 - 10, 2019

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March 11 2019 YAGP TORONTO ON, CANADA
March 11 2019 YAGP TORONTO ON, CANADA

Lulu Chang and Maya Illanes

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March 2019 YAGP TORONTO
March 2019 YAGP TORONTO

Lula Chang Simon Plante Maya Illanes

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March 2019 YAGP TORONTO
March 2019 YAGP TORONTO

Mrs. Erin Du Lulu Chang Maya Illanes Simon Plante

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YAGP March 2020
YAGP March 2020

YAGP TORONTO, ON March 13 - 15, 2020 11 Berrend Dancers representing BDC.

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Toronto Canada YAGP 2020 March 13th to 15th 2020
Toronto Canada YAGP 2020 March 13th to 15th 2020

YAGP 2020 Toronto, ON Canada March 13 - 15, 2020. Congratulations to Ms. Patricia Berrend for her YAGP 2020 Top Teacher Award!

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, Toronto ON Canada March 13 - 15, 2020
, Toronto ON Canada March 13 - 15, 2020

Toronto, ON 2020 YAGP dancers placed in several divisions. BDC dancers Allison Mongkol and Simon Plante were 1st Place winners for the Jr. Classical Women and Jr. Classical Men division. - 2nd Place for the Group Ensemble "Between the Trees" choreographed by Ms. Therese Gahl. - Allison Mongkol - top 12 Jr. Comtemporary - Aliya Whaley - top 12 Jr. Classical - Brenda Welch - top 12 Sr. Classical - Lulu Chang - top 24 Sr. Classical - Gio Trabelsi - top 24 Sr. Classical

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2020 YAGP BDC Dancers
2020 YAGP BDC Dancers

2020 BDC YAGP Toronto Participants with Ms. Patricia Berrend and Ms. Therese Gahl. Ms. Patricia Berrend was awarded the 2020 YAGP Top Teacher Award and Ms. Therese Gahl's Ensemble Piece "Between the Trees" won 2nd Place for Group Ensemble.

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Allison Mongkol YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical
Allison Mongkol YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical

Classical piece "Fairy Doll" March 13 - 15, 2020

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Allison Mongkol YAGP 2020 Toronto Photo Classical
Allison Mongkol YAGP 2020 Toronto Photo Classical

Classical piece "La Fille Mal Gardee" March 13 - 15, 2020

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Allison Mongkol YAGP 2020 Toronto Photo Contemporary
Allison Mongkol YAGP 2020 Toronto Photo Contemporary

Contemporary piece "Hotel Messages" March 13 - 15, 2020

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Simon Plante & Allison Mongkol YAGP 2020 Toronto Pas De Deux
Simon Plante & Allison Mongkol YAGP 2020 Toronto Pas De Deux

Pas De Deux piece "Giselle Peasant Act 1" March 13 - 15, 2020

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Simon Plante YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical
Simon Plante YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical

Classical piece "La Fille Mal Gardee" March 13 - 15, 2020

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Aliya Whaley YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical
Aliya Whaley YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical

Classical piece "Talisman" March 13 - 15, 2020

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Aliya Whaley YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical
Aliya Whaley YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical

Classical piece "Talisman" March 13 - 15, 2020

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Aliya Whaley YAGP 2020 Toronto Contemporary
Aliya Whaley YAGP 2020 Toronto Contemporary

Contemporary piece "Reflection" March 13 - 15, 2020

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Aliya Whaley YAGP 2020 Toronto Contemporary
Aliya Whaley YAGP 2020 Toronto Contemporary

Contemporary piece "Reflection" March 13 - 15, 2020

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Xochi Atienza YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical
Xochi Atienza YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical

Classical piece "Giselle Peasant Pas" variation March 13 - 15, 2020

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Xochi Atienza YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical
Xochi Atienza YAGP 2020 Toronto Classical

Classical piece "Giselle Peasant Pas" variation March 13 - 15, 2020

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Lulu Chang YAGP 2020 Toronto Photo Classical
Lulu Chang YAGP 2020 Toronto Photo Classical

Classical piece "Dulcinea don Quixote" March 13 - 15, 2020

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Lulu Chang YAGP 2020 Toronto Photo Contemporary
Lulu Chang YAGP 2020 Toronto Photo Contemporary

Contemporary piece "Nocturne Twine" March 13 - 15, 2020

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BDC Group Ensemble YAGP TORONTO
BDC Group Ensemble YAGP TORONTO

YAGP TORONTO March 13 - 15, 2020 2nd Place Ensemble Award "Between the Trees" Choreographed by Ms. Therese Gahl Dancers: (from Left to Right) Aliya Whaley, Salema Trabelsi, Gio Trabelsi, Kelsey Gilbert, Simon Plante, Allison Mongkol, Brenda Welch, Xochi Atienza, Maya Illanes, and Lulu Chang.

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2020 YAGP Toronto BDC Dancers
2020 YAGP Toronto BDC Dancers
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BDC Dancers
BDC Dancers
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Patricia Berrend with her BDC Dancers
Patricia Berrend with her BDC Dancers
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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Allison Mongkol with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Simon Plante with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Aliya Whaley with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Brenda Welch with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Lulu Chang with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Gio Trabelsi with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Salema Trabelsi with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Xochi Atienza with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Kelsey Gilbert with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Maya Illanes with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada
March 14, 2020 Awards Ceremony, Toronto Canada

Pat Berrend and Therese Gahl, presenting Alden Smith with the YAGP 2020 Achievement Award.

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