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 dance & arts training, school or any structured learning environment, 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, on BADA’s social media 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 Awardees of COURAGE 2022 are:

Holly Billings
Yitzivel Chacon Quevedo
Hailey Ramirez-Kimrey
Noelani Nevel
Caroline Walters


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

The Awardees of INTEGRITY 2022 are:
Lila Coble
Riley Cobb
Charlotte Kile
Anna Grace Nicks
​Natalie Peeples


  • 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-DISCIPLINE 2022 are:
Jaden Burgess
Larkin Dupont
Brynn Holt
Lawson Jackson
Amelia Morrison


  • 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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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