BDC’s next Musical Theater Weekend Intensive

It’s not too late to sign up for BDC’s Musical Theater Weekend Intensive (June 23-24). This jam-packed two-day intensive is geared toward aspiring Broadway triple-threats and pre-professional performers. The workshop includes dance classes with industry-leading choreographers such as Josh Bergasse (On the Town, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Smash), Rachelle Rak (Dance Moms, Fosse), Randy Skinner (White Christmas, 42ndStreet), Sarah O’Gleby (Frozen) and Ricky Hinds (NewsiesCome From Away).

Participants will also partake in a professional seminar with a music director, mock audition with a casting director, and Q&A session with lead agent Lucille diCampli. Dancers will leave the intensive with an understanding of how to craft a professional resume, what it’s like to attend a Broadway open call, how to land an agent, and the styles and choreography of current Broadway shows.

Broadway Dance Center Pride Team. Photo courtesy of BDC

BDC proudly participates in 2018 NYC Pride March

Since the opening of Broadway Dance Center in 1984, the studio has been a loud and proud supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. Continuing this legacy of acceptance, BDC will proudly walk in this Sunday’s NYC Pride March, an annual civil rights demonstration since 1970.

Over the years, the Pride March has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those who have lost their battle against illness, violence and neglect. Last year, over 450 marching contingents participated – nonprofits, community organizations, corporate partners, small businesses, political candidates and activists. The 2017 March, with over 110 floats traveling down Fifth Avenue, was one of the largest in history. Grand Marshals for the 2018 NYC Pride March are Billie Jean King, Lambda Legal, Tyler Ford and Kenita Placide.

Kitty Carter’s Team Classes at Broadway Dance Center

Most dancers can name at least one – those teachers who really push hard and demand the most, but it’s clear that they do so because they care. Most often, they leave a real and lasting impression. Students look back and feel grateful for what they learned, and how they were led to grow, from this teacher of tough exterior, soft interior. Kitty Carter seems to be one of these teachers. And, for the first time, she recently came to Broadway Dance Center (BDC) on April 30, to teach her signature Team Audition Prep class!

Carter grew up dedicated to dance, spending summers studying with Luigi and loving Broadway in New York City. She trained in various styles of dance, and obtained her BFA at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her career grew, and she became a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. After retiring from the squad, she became its Technical Advisor/Coach. She also owns the dance studio Kitty Carter’s Dance Factory (Dallas), where she teaches Mondays through Thursdays.

‘Escape to Margaritaville’ with BDC’s Broadway Choreography Series

Broadway Dance Center is proud to continue hosting its acclaimed Broadway Choreography Series. This ongoing master class series offers the opportunity to learn the original choreography to some of Broadway’s finest shows, presented by actual cast members and/or creative team straight from the stage to the studio.

Past classes have featured choreography from award-winning musicals like Holiday Inn, Bandstand, Anastasia, On Your Feet, Miss SaigonCharlie and the Chocolate Factory and more!

BDC's Wellness Weekend.

BDC’s inaugural Wellness Weekend

There is a slow but steady shift happening in the dance world, and we like it. A lot. This shift recognizes that physical and mental health are incredibly important, and both studios and companies should be adopting a culture to support the health and wellbeing of their dancers. At BDC, faculty and staff know that your body is your instrument, and your mind the composer. And BDC is taking steps to help you keep your symphony in full force.

One of the steps BDC took recently was to initiate the BDC Wellness Weekend. The inaugural event took place at BDC’s bright new 65thStreet location, right near Lincoln Center. The weekend brought together the local community of professional dancers, recreational dancers, children, families and wellness business providers.

Premier 2017

Broadway Dance Center (BDC) hosted the 2nd annual presentation of Premier October 17 at Symphony Space in New York City. Premier is a carefully curated evening of dance choreographed by BDC’s renowned faculty and guest artists. This year, the net proceeds from Premier were donated to Unidos por Puerto Rico, an organization that provides aid and support to those affected by Hurricanes Irma and María.
According to their website, “Unidos por Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María. 100% of the proceeds will go to helping the victims affected by these natural disasters in Puerto Rico.”

Join Dance for Kindness on Nov 12, 2017

Now celebrating its sixth year, Dance for Kindness, set for Sunday, November 12th, is an annual worldwide FlashMob kicking off World Kindness Week. Organized by Life Vest Inside, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring, empowering and educating people of all backgrounds to lead a life of kindness, Dance for Kindness is a celebration of the common thread that unites us all — kindness! Watch this video to see what it’s all about and SIGN UP TODAY!

Last years event took place in over 120 cities, spanning across 50 countries with over 15,000 participants all uniting under the banner of kindness to perform a worldwide dance for kindness. Whether you want to sign up as a Group Leader and represent your city in this fun-filled FlashMob, take part in an existing event in your city, or simply pledge to take on an act of kindness, head to www.danceforkindness.com.

The purpose of Dance for Kindness is to look beyond ourselves – beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion and realize that we are all citizens of the world. Sure some may say the world is filled with violence, hatred, hopelessness and war, but together we have the power to unite this world with kindness, hope, trust and love! Join us as we join Life Vest Inside and thousands of others around the world this November and become part of the change we all wish to see in the world! To sign up and/or learn more visit www.danceforkindness.com. This is one event you don’t want to miss out on!

Once you sign up you’ll receive a tutorial to learn the dance in the privacy of your own home. The Group Leader in your region will reach out with further details and keep you up to date about rehearsal and other exciting kindness activities. Imagine, you’ll be dancing on the same day with people all over the world to the same song and same dance in celebration of kindness and the power we all have to make a difference! All you need to do is take the first step and sign up at danceforkindness.com!

 

Broadway Dance Center Showcase

Student Showcase 2017

On May 21st, BDC hosted the 7th annual Student Showcase at Symphony Space with performances at 4:30 and 8pm. The theater was packed and the audience was roaring with excitement. This performance opportunity is a way for BDC students to perform choreography with choreographers of their choice. From tap to street jazz, this show had it all! All of the performances were incredible, and there were even some standing ovations! In addition to all of the performances by drop-in students, there were guest performances by BDC’s own AIM, AIM Jr., and RAP companies, which were exquisite.

Check out some of the photos from the event….

Interview with Denise Garvey of the Jets Flight Crew on Audition Prep Classes

Denise Garvey founded the Jets Flight Crew in 2007. What began as a basic squad of 10 women performing at home games has grown into a fully realized squad of 40 women. The Jets Flight Crew continues to perform to crowds of 82,000 fans on game nights and has expanded to include media and event appearances and a Junior Fight Crew program for girls ages 7-14.

It’s no surprise Garvey has managed to build a successful squad. She learned all about the business of NBA and NFL cheer squads during her years performing as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and later as a Knicks City Dancer. She is a well-known leader in the cheer community and hosted the 2014 NFL Cheer Director’s Conference in New York.

Here, we speak with Garvey about what it’s like to work as part of the Jets Flight Crew and about the upcoming Flight Crew Audition Prep Classes being offered at Broadway Dance Center on March 14 and 28, 2018.