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.
Continue reading ➞ BDC launches Hip Hop Foundation Series
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 (Newsies, Come 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.
Continue reading ➞ BDC’s next Musical Theater Weekend Intensive
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.
Continue reading ➞ BDC proudly participates in 2018 NYC Pride March
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.
Continue reading ➞ Kitty Carter’s Team Classes at Broadway Dance Center
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 Saigon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and more!
Continue reading ➞ ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ with BDC’s Broadway Choreography Series
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.
Continue reading ➞ BDC’s inaugural Wellness Weekend
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!
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….
Continue reading ➞ Student Showcase 2017