Absolute Beginner Workshops: It’s never too late to start

Have you always dreamed of dancing? Or is there a dance style you’ve always wanted to try but have been hesitant to start? Broadway Dance Center offers Absolute Beginner Workshops, with sessions of four or eight consecutive weeks, where you can take that first step into trying something new. 

The Absolute Beginner Workshops are a fun and exciting way to get active, meet new people and serve as a great outlet for dance. BDC is a safe environment for the first-time dancer, and the roster of instructors, amazing curriculum and supportive atmosphere make for a great program to ignite your passion for dance or fulfill that dance dream. 

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“Absolute Beginner Workshops are great if you’ve never danced before or you used to dance and you’re nervous about getting back into the classroom,” says April Cook, director of public relations for BDC. “We have these classes where it’s the same people every week to help you get into dance.”

The spring 2019 Absolute Beginner Workshop is currently in session, through April 28. Faculty includes Katelin Zelon (theater dance), Barry Kerollis (ballet), Heather Rigg (jazz), Doug Shankman (tap), Ginger Cox (contemporary), Deborah Y. Wilson (heels), Chris Palacio (street jazz) and Emily Bufferd (leaps and turns). It’s not too late to join for the remainder of the spring session, although workshops are not pro-rated after the first week. 

Other upcoming Absolute Beginner Workshop sessions include Summer 2019 (May 19-June 13), Summer 2019 (July 14-August 8) and Fall 2019 (September 8-October 31). 

Cook says that these beginner workshops are a great social outlet, as well as a creative and fitness outlet. “People feel so welcome, and there’s so much inclusion,” she adds. “We celebrate diversity and we always have. Everyone is absolutely welcome here, no matter race, talent, religion, gender, size; everybody is a dancer.” 

And what if you don’t feellike a dancer yet? What if the leotard and tights aren’t for you? Not a problem! BDC encourages beginner workshop attendees to just feel comfortable and confident in their dancewear. Any garments that are stretchy and allow freedom of movement in which you can also see your line are suitable. The Shop at BDC offers lots of dancewear options available in store and online to make it even easier for you. 

For more information on BDC’s Absolute Beginner Workshops and details on how to register for an upcoming session, visit www.broadwaydancecenter.com/workshop/absolute-beginner-workshops.

By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. 

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