Bones are dynamic! Even though they are hard, bones are living and continually changing parts of your body that have cells working on them that are designed specifically to either make new bone or break it down. While it may sound strange that our body would want to break down our own bones, it’s a really important process for keeping the whole entire body healthy! There are a couple of reasons for this, and one is that minerals such as calcium are stored in your bones. Of course, you’ve probably heard this a lot, and heard that calcium is really important for healthy bones. What you may not have heard is that calcium is critically important for many functions taking place in the body, including nervous system activity and muscle contractions, and when your body needs calcium for all of these important things, it is going to have to get it from somewhere. That somewhere is your bones.
“Developing peak bone mass (the most bone mineral possible) in the teenage years through the 30s is the cornerstone of optimal bone health,” says Dr. Dorothy Fink, an endocrinologist and internist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where she often treats dancers. “There are cells in the body that build bone (osteoblasts) and cells that break it down (osteoclasts). These cells work together every day to keep your bones in the best shape possible.”
Continue reading ➞ Tap into your bone density!
Do race car drivers have to have the best car possible and meticulously take care of it? Do tennis players have to use the best possible racquet? Do professional athletes also need the best possible trainers and medical care? Of course! Well, dancers are no different.
Unfortunately, while dancers often take good care of their body and seek the best doctors they can find, they frequently write off foot pain and chronic conditions as part of the deal. Dreadful feet have become synonymous with the job title “dancer”, especially “ballet dancer”.
Continue reading ➞ Should Dancers Wear Flip Flops?
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
Broadway Dance Center (BDC) strives to be a home for dance, providing world-class training to dancers far and wide in the heart of New York City. Dance Parade LLC has a similar mission, “to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form by showcasing all forms of dance, educating the general public about the opportunities to experience dance, and celebrating diversity of dance in New York City by sponsoring a yearly city-wide dance parade and dance festival”. It’s a perfect match!
Greg Miller, Dance Parade Founder and Director, explains how Broadway Dance Center has been involved with Dance Parade from the start, twelve years ago. It grew from protest of New York City’s Cabaret Law, prohibiting dancing in crowds in public spaces. Dance Parade framed their efforts as a First Amendment Right in order to have legal clearing, and to obtain permitting to close city streets.
Continue reading ➞ BDC dances in Dance Parade 2018
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