On January 4th 2012, Broadway Dance Center welcomed the new Parsons Dance in residence, an education and outreach partnership. Company members teach weekly classes at Broadway Dance Center. These one-of-a-kind classes focus on David Parsons’ dance vocabulary and movement technique. The curriculum was developed by Katie Langan, a former Parsons Dance Board member and Chair of the Dance Department at Marymount Manhattan College. The Parsons repertoire brings fresh, contemporary classes to BDC and provides students with the opportunity to learn from current company members and David Parsons himself.
Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of choreographer/director David Parsons. Parsons Dance is committed to creating and performing American dance works of extraordinary artistry that are engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. Parsons Dance tours nationally and internationally, including an annual season in its home community of New York City.
The Company includes nine full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 80 works choreographed by David Parsons. Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured an average of 32 weeks per year, to a total of more than 250 cities, 35 countries, six continents and millions of audience members. Many more have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network and the Discovery Channel.
In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance is committed to audience development and arts education for participants of all ages and all levels of artistic experience. Parsons Dance regularly offers outreach opportunities including post-show discussions, master classes, open rehearsals, and studio showcases. In partnership with Marymount Manhattan College, and Broadway Dance Center, Parsons Dance offers year-round training opportunities in New York for professional and pre-professional dancers from throughout the world.
“Parsons movement is equal parts athletic and expressive . It is a unique and beautiful style that asks the dancer to both live within its technical boundaries as well as break through them.” – Lara Luzim (Professional Semester S’12)
Currently Parsons classes take place on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm. However, with the opening of our additional studio space downstairs, we are happy to announce that BDC will be able to offer 2 Parsons repertoire/technique classes per week!
- Now-April 4th with Eric Bourne
- April 11th with Steven Vaughn
- April 16th with Miguel Quinones
- April 18th with Sarah Braverman
Interested in attending the Parsons Dance Summer Intensive? Apply here!