From its founding, Broadway Dance Center (BDC) has sought to act as a safe space for anyone and everyone to express themselves just as they are, through the art of dance, shares BDC Public Relations Director April Cook. In this way, its goals align with those of the New York City Pride March — in working toward a world in which everyone can feel accepted and supported for who they are. For the fourth consecutive year, members of the BDC community will participate in the March under BDC’s name this June 30.
This year is also the March’s 50th Anniversary. Accordingly, it’ll be a big deal; infamous stars such as Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Chaka Khan, and Todrick Hall will perform at the Opening Ceremony, Madonna will perform at the Closing Ceremony, and cast members from Pose will represent the show at the march, and explains Cook. She encourages those in the BDC community to come be part of the fun with BDC’s group. You must sign up online here to participate.
BDC will also hold four special Pride Month classes: Intermediate Advanced Contemporary with Mike Esperanza, All Levels Todrick Hall Stars: Jazz for Your Life with Ryan Daniel Beck, All Levels Partnering with Ginger Cox and Nijawwon Matthews, and All Levels Street Jazz Performance with Carlos Neto. These classes cost $10, and all proceeds from these classes will go toward BDC’s fee to register for the March as an organization.
Registered BDC marchers will meet at BDC (322 W. 45th St.) at 2pm, and will check in at the march at 3pm, Cook says. As such, she encourages marchers to bring water, sunscreen and snacks. The March route goes from 23rd and Broadway up into midtown. That’s a change from where it used to end in the Stonewall area, Cook explains.
Cook says that marching with BDC in the 50th Annual New York City Pride March should be a lot of fun and an opportunity to stand for a significant part of BDC’s mission — to “offer a space where all can experience creativity and self-expression.”
By Kathryn Boland of Dance Informa.