Studio Philosophy

Students at the Brandywine Center for Dance and the Performing Arts are encouraged to participate in family-oriented productions. A yearly recital, full-length Winter Ballets as well as Parent Visitation Days and other professional performance opportunities provide students with the self-confidence and presence that is fostered in our center through all of its activities. Classes are age-appropriate and children learn in a positive, esteem-building environment. Emphasis is placed on technique and choreography is developed at each level to display and enhance skills learned during each class. Each student, from youngest to oldest, is an integral part of our program. We believe that no child should be taught in an over crowded class environment, each child should receive the attention they deserve!

Bonnie Castagna, Director

A talented performer and gifted choreographer, Bonnie is also a dedicated and inspiring instructor. She studied in New York City at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps, with the infamous Finis Jhung of the Joffrey and Harkness Ballet companies as well as studying with such Pennsylvania Ballet Company artists Paul Wagner and Tricia Connors. She has completed post-graduate studies with Betty Jones, the world-renowned Julliard instructor. Bonnie received extensive training in all dance disciplines and has danced professionally with several ballet companies. Ballets in her repertoire include The NutcrackerSwan LakeCoppelia and many others. Since her teaching career began in 1978, many of her students have gone on to seek performing arts careers. She was also the Director and Choreographer for Casablanca’s Show Biz Kids.


Monnarae Fraim, Artistic Director

Best known for her challenging Jazz and Tap classes, Monnarae had thirty years of teaching experience and brings a deep love of dance to her classes. She has won numerous choreographic awards and has studied on Broadway with Savion Glover and Gregory Hinds.


Jessica Petruccelli, Assistant Director

Finding her love of dance early in life, Jessica has studied in both New York City and Los Angeles. She is the founder of the Brandywine Hip Hop Company and has been featured in Spark Magazine as Delaware’s premiere hip-hop choreographer.



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