Bettye Morrow

BDC’s ‘Remembering Bettye Morrow’ Class: Commemorating an unsung tap heroine 

We all remember the names of tap greats – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the Copasetics, Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. Looking more deeply and broadly, we see that far more dancemakers were influential and accomplished in their own ways. Sometimes it’s up to people who learned from them and worked with them to honor their legacy.

That’s what Justin Boccitto and Germaine Salsberg, BDC tap teachers, recently did in memory of tap icon Bettye Morrow, who passed away in 2016. Boccitto studied with Morrow extensively. Salsberg took Morrow’s class when she was still teaching at BDC, and “saw it as a fun challenge”. On Friday, June 29, they held an Advanced Beginner tap masterclass with Morrow’s material and in her teaching style.

Sara Mearns for So Danca

Sara Mearns to lead master class and Só Dança collection reveal

New York City Ballet Principal Sara Mearns is one of the boldest, most popular ballerinas of our time. She is musical, dynamic, intense and glamorous. And this coming Monday, July 9, Broadway Dance Center students have the chance of a lifetime to take class from Mearns and learn some of the prima ballerina’s most valuable lessons that she uses in the studio and on stage. And to make it even more exciting, this special master class will also include a reveal of the 2018 Só Dança Sara Mearns Collection, with select items to be on sale during the event and in the Shop at BDC.

The Sara Mearns Master Class & Só Dança Collection Reveal will include a 90-minute ballet class, geared toward advanced ballet dancers ages 13 and over. Ballet slippers are required, and pointe shoes are optional for barre and center work.

BDC launches Hip Hop Foundation Series

Hip hop has become almost a blanket term for so many new and unique styles of dance — street dance, locking, breaking, vogueing, commercial dance, jazz-funk, heels, popping and contemporary hip hop. Hip hop was (and still is) an evolutionary style said to have begun in the 1970s and ‘80s with the rise of hip hop music, dance crews, improv battles and television programs like Soul Train and films such as Wild Style and Breakin’.

Today, the various styles of hip hop include pop culture references, gymnastics and martial arts, fashion inspiration, hybrid with contemporary dance, and even a strong presence in musical theater. With all of these offshoots, however, it can be difficult to learn the basic fundamentals of hip hop in a dance studio setting. Because hip hop is always developing with the changing times, dance workshops and classes tend to focus on the newest, trendiest hip hop styles. But just like each ballet class has common terminology, set exercises and an understanding of the dance form’s history, so should hip hop dance.

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.

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.

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.

7 Reasons to Keep Warm at BDC’s Winter Intensive

Broadway Dance Center (BDC) will offer its four-day Winter Intensive this December 27-30, and dancers can partake in dance-packed days that will be sure to keep their body and soul nice and warm. Here are seven reasons we think you’d fare well cozying up in the BDC studios this December.

#1. The obvious: lots of dance!

With more than 20 hours of dance over a span of four days, you’ll be bound to keep warm. Styles include ballet, jazz technique, theater, contemporary, improvisation, hip hop and more. There will be no chance to get cold when you’ll be dancing this much! “It’s a short-term commitment, but you get a lot of bang for your buck,” says BDC’s Director of Youth Programming Allie Beach.

#2. Rockstar faculty.

BDC brings the best of the best. Classes are separated into Junior, Senior and Professional age groupings, and so far the faculty includes phenomenal teachers such as Sheila Barker, Stacie Webster, Neil Schwartz, Debbie Wilson, Chio, Ricky Hinds and Hannah Frederick. With a batch of teachers this strong, you’re bound to learn and grow tons.