How can a dancer work to improve his or her performance ability and confidence? While you can notice yourself in the mirror during class, you can’t possibly watch every moment of your dancing (nor should you!). Also, it can be difficult to stay engaged if you’re worrying about how you look in the mirror. In an audition setting, it can be awkward to ask a friend or peer, “How did I look?” And, let’s face it, your parents are always going to tell you you’re the best dancer on stage (even if you fall flat on your face!). To get honest, constructive feedback and challenge yourself to grow as a performer, you need to look to a professional.
Broadway Dance Center is thrilled to announce its newest offering, BreakThrough: The Series. This two-day workshop program cultivates performance development and confidence within a supportive and empowering classroom setting. In the first class, dancers are taught a routine and given individual feedback on how to improve their performance and stand out from the crowd. Students are also given different exercises to push their personal growth to a new performance level. The second class is filmed, and each dancer receives his or her footage so they can see what’s going on and how they can apply the instructor’s critiques.
Practicing performing in class — even just at the ballet barre — is a great habit that will carry over to your auditions and performances. It might feel silly at first, but the more you practice, the more natural and empowering it will feel. Attending a BreakThrough workshop is a great opportunity for dancers who want that extra push that will help take them to the next level.
Neil Schwartz taught BDC’s first BreakThrough workshop. “Hands down, the BreakThrough workshop at BDC was one of the best, most memorable experiences I’ve had thus far as a dance educator,” says Schwartz. “It’s a positive and safe environment where everyone is working hard, pushing through challenges and motivating one another to achieve their desired goals. BreakThrough was a truly unforgettable experience, and I would highly recommend it for all dancers.”
BDC is hoping to offer a new BreakThrough experience every month. Stay tuned for more opportunities to BreakThrough at BDC.
By Mary Callahan of Dance Informa.