Monday, October 8, 2018

Children's Dance Classes resume at BAAD - AATT Academy Fall 2018


Dance Education for 6-9 year old boys and girls offers comprehensive program in Ballet, Gymnastics, West African Dance and Hip-Hop  from October 15 – December 12, 2018!

    The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance begins Fall 2018 classes on Monday, October 15 for the AATT Academy, a community-based, accessible dance education program for 6-9 year old boys and girls.  The Academy offers a fully inclusive, nurturing environment that uses multi-media to provide an immersive experience.  The Academy’s diverse and professional faculty provides progressive, non-competitive, gender neutral, quality instruction in movement based techniques from traditional dance to athletics, including a mix of dance forms that include ballet, West African, Hip Hop and gymnastics. The program in its third year, will run Monday and Wednesday afternoons from October 15 to December 12, 2018.  BAAD! is located in a neo gothic style building at 2474 Westchester Avenue. To register a child or for further information about the AATT Academy, contact Dance Education Coordinator Cynthia Paniaguaat 718-918-2110 or, or visit

            “At the AATT Academy, BAAD! Boys Move!” shared Ms. Paniagua. “We work to have equal numbers of boys and girls in the program.   We are happy to say that we still have only six slots open for boys.  And for all children we offer free tuition.”

The program offers Bronx children a unique opportunity to receive high quality dance instruction from master teaching artists in the field.   This fall, Hip Hop master Kwikstep founder of Full Circle Productions and Jewel Love , the director of the Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble (that regularly performs in BAM’s Dance Africa Festival), will be a part of the faculty. The fall program culminates on Wednesday, December 12 with the children publicly demonstrating the dance techniques they’ve learned.

Acclaimed Bronx Choreographer, Arthur Aviles , inaugurated the AATT Academy in 2006 and held classes and workshops in elementary schools and for incarcerated teenage girls.   The program was redesigned and developed as an in-house program in 2016 and was offered as a 5-week dance intensive during the summer and as an afterschool program in the fall and spring.  BAAD! has been a stakeholder in the Bronx for nearly 19 years, has become a beacon for dance and has earned national recognition for its innovative dance and arts programming. The AATT Academy received generous support from the SHS Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold and Councilmember Mark Gjonaj through the New York City Council Cultural Immigrants Initiative.

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