Berrien County Dancers
Berrien County Dancers

Our Mission...

The mission of our program is for students to become confident, disciplined, respectful, self-loving young adults, and to emower them to recognize and reach their utmost potential through the art of dance. Our classroom environment is both nurturing and demading; a home where there is room for love and growth with the highest expectations for effort, discipline, and respect. Students will be assisted in recognizing their talents and guided through their obstacles so that they may reach their fullest potential. 


Through the course of a year we base our primary focus on modern dance that is strongly influenced by ballet technique in order to build smart, strong, technical dancers. We also spend a lot of time with jazz technique, and placing focus on being physically fit with challenging cardio and abdominal exercises while increasing flexibility through our daily warm-ups or hour long stretch and strength building classes. 


Our curriculum also includes education in choreography and performance. Students learn how to choreograph, direct, and produce repertoire for our concerts as well as work with outside professionals for master classes and setting repertoire. Throughout the years our dancers have worked with distinguished dance professionals such as Randy Duncan, Nan Giordano and members of Giordano Dance Chicago, Jon Lehrer and members of Lehrer Dance, Hubbard Street 2, Laurie Eisenhower and members of Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Robert McKee and members of Inaside Chicago Dance, Frank Chavez, Autumn Eckman, Stephanie Martinez, Ron de Jesus, Nick Pupillo, Ruth Sherman, Mari Jo Irbe, Sarita Smith Childs, Jennifer Archibald, and Devin Buchanan.

Course Offerings

1st & 3rd Hour - Beginning Dance 

     *No dance experience required

     *No audition required


2nd Hour - Intermediate Dance

     *Enrollment by audition only


5th/6th Hour - Advanced Dance

     *2-hour class

     *Enrollment by audition only


Who Can Join Berrien County Dancers?

Berrien County Dancers is Lakeshore High School's countywide dance program that is open to all high school students in Berrien County. Please contact Theresa Graziano for further details and information at or (269)428-1402, ext 2099.

   Auditions for Our Program

Auditions for the 2020-2021 school year have been completed. Please contact

Mrs. Graziano if you missed auditions and are interested in making arrangements:

(269)428-1402, ext. 2099, or email


Auditions for the 2021-2022 school year are scheduled as follows:


Advanced Dance Placement Audition

Wednesday, January 13 - 3:00-5:00pm


Intermediate Dance Placement Audition

Thursday, January 14 - 3:00-4:45pm


To register for auditions, contact Mrs. G at the above phone number or email.

What Do I Need to Know for Auditions?

Auditions will be held in the Dance Room at Lakeshore High School and consist of a modern technique and repertoire class. Dancers should have their hair in a bun, wear a leotard or dance tank and leggings. Please no shorts unless there are tights underneath. Dancers should be barefoot and bring jazz or contemporary shoes with for turns. 

Course Information for Students and Parents

       Peformances and                  Guest Residencies

Performing Policies & Expectations for Students


Performance Dates for 2019-2020

Winter Concert:  December 12 & 13, 7pm

Spring Concert: May 7 & 8, 7pm


2019-2020 Tech Week Schedule

December 9-13

May 4-8

A detailed Schedule will be avbl on schoology for students and parents


Guest Residencies for 2019-2020

October 14:

Giordano Dance Chicago

Professionals dancers and the artistic director of GDC will join us for the day! Each class will experience dancing along side these professionals, watching them perform, and learn about the career of a professional dancer.


November 11-15:

Guest artist Aaron Smith will have master classes with all of BCD and set repertoire on Advanced Dance to be performed at our Winter Concert


February 10:

Randy Duncan, day of Master Classes


March 6:

Heather Mitchell, day of Master Classes


April 20-24:

Guest artist Linnea Stureson Tolber will have master classes with all of BCD and set repertoire on Advanced Dance to be performed at our Spring Concert


May 13:

Monique Haley, day of Master Classes

    Community Involvement & Fundraiser Events

Annual Dance Marathon Fundrasier Event

Saturday, January 25, 2020


Lakeshore High School Dance Room


Classes offered for all ages and a variety of dance styles! Classes taught by Theresa Graziano, Alloyd Blackmon, and Advanced Dancers. Access the Schedule Here!


No registration needed. Just show up, sign in, and dance!


$5 per class or $15 for the whole day!


All proceeds go to the Berrien County Dancers to help fund guest residencies and costuming for our concerts. 

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