After 10 years of searching and a turbulent year of uncertainty caused by Covid-19, we cannot quite believe the timing of this announcement. BPM Dance Academy is about to renovate a place to call home, our own venue!
BPM Dance Academy, based in the heart of Mid Sussex was founded in April 2011 by Luke Bohanna and Kat Chase. We met at 13 at our local dance school and both went onto train at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. We launched BPM to provide an exceptional standard of training and experience for children who wish to learn the positive impact of dance, broaden their transferable life skills, form friendships, and provide guidance and knowledge for students who wish to progress a career in performing arts. Our childhood memories and experiences at our dance school had a huge impact on the people we are today. With this and our professional training and experience, we continue to inspire the next generation.
We currently offer professional, challenging, inspiring, and authentic weekly classes in Street dance and Contemporary in a safe and encouraging environment from ages 3+. BPM prides itself on providing a positive space, opportunities for all through partaking in classes, shows, awards evenings, competitions, and performances as well as encouraging physical and mental well-being.
Our aim is to provide an innovative, inspiring environment for BPM students and the local community. BPM Dance Academy will provide students, who are at the heart of the BPM family, a place to express, develop and challenge themselves in dance and even launch themselves into the next generation of performers. This will also allow BPM to work in more efficient ways and with new people. This studio will fit our ethos and style.
We have recently secured a venue in Haywards Heath town centre and we will endeavour to begin work on the building in June 2021. As you can see from the pictures, it requires a full refurbishment in order to operate as a fully functioning, high-quality dance studio.
We personally are investing in the project, but unfortunately, renovating a space to become a dance studio comes with high costs, such as specialist floors, audio systems, mirrors, as well as updating the toilets, walls, decor, and lilac realness.
BPM would not only expand in the offerings of dance, but it would allow us to run efficiently from an office and dance studio in one space. Organisationally and professionally, having our own space would enhance the business administration side. This project would enable both of us to develop professionally as choreographers, teachers, and small business owners.
Within Mid Sussex, there is a lack of space for the Arts. We want to pioneer the change and investment into the Arts for the community, providing an innovative, inspiring space for our students to progress, form friendships, develop skills, and inspire the next generation.
BPM currently operates in local schools and community halls. We have an incredible relationship with all our local venues and cannot thank them enough for their support over the years.
We will be able to become an adaptable community space, embedding and enhancing the Arts in the local area, offering more versatility in the class options and ages, as well as diversify classes. This would include more frequent workshops with industry specialists, local and further afield. We would be able to effectively work through our long waiting lists, some of which stand at over a year! It will provide us with the opportunity to reach new prospective students, as well as build further links with the community, as a venue for hire in the heart of the town in Haywards Heath.
So in short, any donations no matter the amount are gratefully received as this has been a lifelong ambition of ours and we look forward to turning our vision into a reality. Putting BPM Dance Academy firmly on the map and jumping to the next platform of elevation for the Arts in Mid Sussex.
Luke & Kat