BDC hosts The Bob Fosse Master Class Series

We couldn’t get enough of the limited series, “Fosse/Verdon,” which aired on FX this past spring and scored an impressive 17 Emmy nominations and 4 awards including Outstanding Lead Actress (Michelle Williams), Outstanding Hair Design, Outstanding Makeup (non-prosthetic), and Outstanding Music Direction for a Limited Series. The television show, starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in the title roles, explored the longtime relationship of director-choreographer, Bob Fosse, and dancer-actress, Gwen Verdon. Together, their joint careers lit up both Broadway and Hollywood in shows like Chicago and Sweet Charity and films including “Cabaret” and “All That Jazz.” The series was raw, real, and heavy on the drama. But most of all, it got us itching to dance that incredible Fosse choreography! 

Broadway Dance Center is honored to continue hosting The Verdon Fosse Legacy with the Fosse Master Class Series. Nicole Fosse founded the Legacy to promote, protect, and preserve the artistic and intellectual property of her legendary parents, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. One of the primary ways the Legacy works to achieve this goal is by passing on the choreography to younger generations of dancers through master classes. Legacy-sanctioned reconstructeurs (who either had the great opportunity to work with Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon or are hand-picked protégés of the Legacy) lead these master classes, imparting the original intention and integrity of the dances along with the iconic style and steps. “This work that we’re doing is so important,” explains reconstructeur, Dana Moore, who performed in such shows as Dancin’, Fosse, and the 1986 revival of Sweet Charity. “To be able to share it is precious.”  Recent Fosse teachers here at BDC have included Dana Moore, Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, Gary Flannery, Pamela Sousa, Cady Huffman, Stephanie Pope, Jane Lanier, Shannon Lewis, and Michael McArthur.

BDC’s 3-hour Fosse Master Classes offer a condensed but deep dive into both the work and work ethic that so defined what it meant to be a “Fosse dancer.” These classes are recommended for intermediate/advanced dancers over the age of 16. Students will learn choreography from both stage and screen in an intensive, encouraging environment. “The joy these dancers have in their eyes is the same joy I had actually working with Bob,” says reconstructeur, Valarie Pettiford (Dancin’, Big Deal, Fosse).

Our next scheduled class is with Gary Flannery (Dancin’, “All That Jazz”) on Sunday, October 6th from 1:30-4:30pm. Be sure to pre-register on our website and for Gary’s class and our entire Fall series of Fosse classes throughout October and November. Click here for more information.

Al Blackstone’s “Freddie Falls in Love” comes to The Joyce

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.

Musical theatre masterclass. Photo courtesy of So Danca

BDC gears up for annual Musical Theater Weekend Intensive

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.

BDC Pride March

BDC in the 50th Annual New York City Pride March

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.

Spangles Dance Company.

BDC celebrates 35 years, ’80s style

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! 

Fosse Master Classes at BDC.

Learn original Fosse choreography from ‘Fosse/Verdon’

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 ChicagoSweet Charity and Pippin, and films including All that JazzStar 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.

BDC Student Showcase

Student Showcase: A performance opportunity for all 

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. 

Absolute Beginner Dance Workshops

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. 

Move It.

BDC at Move It in London

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.