Broadway Dance Center has always been Al Blackstone’s home away from home. His teachers, mentors, and experience as a student helped shape him into the educator he is today. Since his first class in 2011 with just a few students, Al now packs the room no matter when he’s teaching. Beyond that, his courage to share his talent, vulnerability, charm, and lovable goofiness has created an undeniable ripple effect throughout the industry, challenging our preconceived notions about what ‘musical theater’ means, and how we can cultivate the energy of a dance class. Being a teacher or performer doesn’t mean masking who you are to portray someone or something else–quite the opposite, actually. It requires tapping even deeper into who you are in order to create a more meaningful connection with others, whether it’s your audience, dance partner, students, or fellow peers in class.
Broadway Dance Center is thrilled to once again host its annual Musical Theater Weekend Intensive on June 15 and 16. This incredible two-day workshop features closed classes, professional seminars, mock auditions and exclusive panels for the aspiring Broadway performer.
Students (advanced dancers ages 14-29) will learn choreography from some of Broadway’s current musical hits, the art of crafting a resume, singing and acting techniques to ace any casting, how to land an agent, and what it takes to stand out at auditions. The weekend will culminate with a mock audition where students will get individualized feedback from industry professionals.
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.
Broadway Dance Center is celebrating its 35thanniversary this May! Since 1984, the studio, a staple in NYC, has offered a wide range of open classes and provided programs for dancers of all ages and levels.
To celebrate, BDC has planned a full fun week of activities. You don’t want to miss out on these exciting sales, raffles and events!
Did you catch the premiere of FX’s new limited series, Fosse/Verdon, on Tuesday night? The eight-part series chronicles the creative and complicated relationship of renowned Broadway power couple, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Fosse was a Hollywood hoofer turned award-winning director and choreographer, known for such shows as Chicago, Sweet Charity and Pippin, and films including All that Jazz, Star 80 and Lenny.
His wife, muse and artistic partner, Verdon, began as a dancer and assistant to Jack Cole. She went on to star in a host of Broadway shows (many of them directed and choreographed by Fosse) and kept her late husband’s legacy alive through the 1999 Broadway revue, Fosse.
Sure, there can be so much fulfillment and joy in taking dance class. You can develop your technique, learn new skills, get a good workout, condition your body, meet new people. But how can you take your dance training to the next level? By taking your experience to the stage and performing.
And performing doesn’t have to be solely for professionals. Broadway Dance Center celebrates that dancers of all levels and ages should have the opportunity to dance on stage, with lights, makeup, original choreography, the whole deal. Coming up this May 19, at NYC’s Symphony Space, is the BDC Student Showcase, a performance experience that is open to all students of all levels.
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.
There’s just something about when many dancers gather. The collaborative, creative energy can feel simply incredible. Broadway Dance Center will be part of such an atmosphere, by having a presence at Move It, a large three-day dance convention in London. 2019’s Move It dates will be March 8-10. BDC has sent teachers to the convention for three years, and this will be the second year in which BDC has hosted a panel and seminar.
This year, April Cook will be teaching tap, and Jim Cooney will be teaching musical theater. As Director of Public Relations for BDC, Cook will also be presenting at two seminars BDC is hosting — one on differences in dancing in NYC, LA and England, and another as a Q&A-format sounding board for dance studio owners, to bring forward their concerns and ideas. Cook also attended Move It last year, and shares more about what it’s like.
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.