Dance & arts education develops more than healthy, strong artists who have a unique sense of craft.  It provides a FUN environment and so much more.

Dance & arts education supports positive, strong character development.

Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts is excited to echo many local schools’ Character Development program in our own BADA Character Initiative.

“The benefit of strong character can not be measured by any test.  Rather it’s demonstrated during those common instances when our students are given the opportunity to think for themselves.  Simply put, character is about making the right choices.  And if we can emphasize it from the moment a child begins school, character development can equip students with the tools and motivation necessary to be the change they wish to see in the world.”

The vision is for the students, faculty and staff of BADA to lead and learn with strong character.

Most months (or coupling of months) each faculty member will nominate one of their students who best represents the character trait assigned to that month.  Those students will then be celebrated around the studio and on BADA’s social media.  One nominee will be voted on and will be treated with a special reward.

January/February = COURAGE

  • Having the determination to do the right thing even when others don’t.
  • Having the strength to follow your conscience rather than the crowd.
  • Attempting difficult things that are worthwhile.

The Nominees of COURAGE are:

Kennedy Bennett
Grace Cooper
Payton Julian
Abby Thomas
M’Khylah Zapata-Jones

  • Having the inner strength to be truthful, trustworthy, and honest in all things.
  • Acting justly and honorably.

The Nominees of INTEGRITY are:

Julianna Ball
Grace Dunlap
Bella Exum
Anna Grace Nicks
Yesenia Santiago
Ashley White


  • Demonstrating hard work and commitment to purpose.
  • Regulating yourself for improvement and restraining from inappropriate behaviors.
  • Being in proper control of your words, actions, impulses, and desires.
  • Doing your best in all situations.

The Nominees of SELF-DISCPLIE are:

Gianna Curiazza
Nelani Diaz
Bella Exum
Madeline Gilliam
Graceanne Kimbro
Linda-Jazmin Santiago
Kaylee Whitaker


  • Being persistent in the pursuit of worthy objectives in spite of difficulty, opposition, or discouragement.
  • Exhibiting patience and having the determination and strength to try again when confronted with delays, mistakes, and failures.

The Nominees of PERSEVERANCE are:

Grace Cooper
Adrianna Dobbs
Olivia Gooch
Caroline Jarman
Joselynn Micheo
Gatlin Wilkinson

August/September = RESPONSIBILITY

  • Being dependable in carrying out obligations and duties.
  • Showing reliability and consistency in words and conduct.
  • Being accountable for your own actions.
  • Being committed to active involvement in your school and community.

The Nominees of RESPONSIBILITY are:

Bridget Ball
Mackenzie Carter
Julia Connell
Graylie Jackson
Caroline Jarman
Lillie Shamblin
Mackenzie Ziebell

October = RESPECT

  • Showing high regard for other people, for self, for property, and for country.
  • Understanding that all people have value as human beings.

The Nominees of RESPECT are:

Rayne Douglas
Mary Elizabeth Huneycutt
Hannah Jarman
Caroline Key
Kimberly Marquez
Anna Grace Nicks

November/December = KINDNESS

  • Being considerate, courteous, helpful, and understanding of others.
  • Showing care, compassion, friendship, and generosity.
  • Treating others as you would like to be treated.

The Nominees of KINDNESS are:

Sadie Blocker
Lori Devere
Larkin Dupont
Charlotte Kile
Lily Lakey
Maddison Olson
Andreea Pit
Isla Robbins
Amarie Royster

Congratulations, dancers!  Keep up the good work!  We are proud of you!

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  • Stephanie Pritchett
    November 19, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Wow!! This is amazing!! Congratulations to the dancers recognized - so many that I remember and respect!! Wonderful and inspirational news from […] Read MoreWow!! This is amazing!! Congratulations to the dancers recognized - so many that I remember and respect!! Wonderful and inspirational news from the dance studio that I love and miss greatly!! Ms. Stephanie Read Less

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      @Stephanie Pritchett
      December 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Stephanie! We miss you so much, too! Come back anytime! Love Always, Virginia


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