Urban Dance League at BDC: Dancers are athletes

Dancers are artists with their body as their instrument. In that way, they’re just like athletes. With the proper mindset, training and performance context, could they truly be athletes? Anthony “AntBoogie” Rue the II thinks certainly thinks they can be.

Rue’s Urban Dance League (UDL) works under the copyrighted motto “Dancers are Athletes”. Essentially, Rue has built a context of formalized competition for dance. This reflects the spirit of hip hop dance battles, which Rue feels has changed with the growth of smart phone-powered internet use and social media. In UDL, dancers compete under a point system to evaluate their performance. Rue grew up playing basketball, before coming to dance. He always enjoyed the competitive aspect of sport, and wanted to bring that – in a more solidified way – to dance.

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Warming winter foods for energy and performance

So many traditional winter comfort foods are also loaded with extra calories, but warming, delicious, comforting food doesn’t have to be calorie overload.

Certainly dancers need energy without feeling weighed down, so here are some great examples of seasonal, warming, winter foods, for energy that aren’t too rich, and a new “creamy” soup recipe at the bottom.

Winter: A good time to start your dance journal

Winter is a time when nature becomes dormant. Although the human world buzzes on, in alignment with the nature all around us, we are drawn to rest and reflect. How might this apply to artists, with reflection (on both inner and outer) fruitful for creative output and personal growth?

Might winter be a good time to begin journaling as a dancer? How, practically, are some ways to start doing that? Here, we speak with Betsy Miller, Assistant Professor of Dance at Salem State University, and Boston-based dance artist; and Karen Klein, founder and artistic director of teXtmoVes, to learn more about beginning to journal for creative processes in winter.

Heat up your winter with these 5 BDC classes

The beanies and heavier coats have started to make an appearance on the NYC streets, which means…winter is coming.

Sure, sometimes staying at home snuggling up to a movie or a good book sounds appealing in the cold, but this winter, keep sweating with these 5 class and workshop ideas available at Broadway Dance Center!

Eating well on a dancer's budget

Tips, tricks and hacks for eating well on a dancer’s budget

We all know how integral healthy eating plays into our overall well-being and performance, but for many dancers, spending $7-11 on a pound of supposedly “grass fed” beef is just not feasible.

The common misconception is that eating healthy has to be expensive, and while some healthy foods can be expensive (especially pre-prepared foods), in reality it’s easy to eat well on a tight budget if you know what to do. Here is a list of five hacks from nutrition experts to eat well for less.

How can you be a ‘mindful’ dancer?

Have you ever thought about being a more “mindful” dancer? How might one go about doing that? Why might one want to do so, in the first place? Being mindful involves staying attuned to the present moment, and remaining fully engaged in the task at hand. Given dance’s real-time physical and mental demands, it seems evident enough as to why remaining mindful would be advantageous for dancers.

Here, we speak with Stephen Ursprung, assistant professor of Dance Studies at Dean College; and Danielle Davidson, dance artist and assistant professor in Dance at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, to learn more about the what, why and how of mindfulness and dance training.

Broadway Dance Center runs to help fight AIDS

Dancers tend to have big hearts. On the other hand, they don’t always find ways to serve others outside of the dance world. In contrast, to its true credit, Broadway Dance Center (BDC) – as an organization and as a community – has consistently found ways to give back. A clear example is its involvement with Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA) and Broadway Runs through the upcoming New York City Marathon. A group of BDC community members have joined up with Broadway Runs, within a DRA sub-group under the larger Broadway Runs organizational umbrella. This group will run the last five kilometers of the NYC Marathon route, through the wonderfully scenic westside portion of Central Park, on November 3, the day before the marathon.

This is the first year that BDC has been involved with DRA through Broadway Runs, to partake in the NYC Marathon in this way. Dancer-runners will reach out to friends and family for sponsorship and will wear “Broadway Runs” t-shirts. It’s all part of BDC’s efforts to be involved in the local community, as well as a positive force in important issues that reach far beyond the dance world, explains April Cook, BDC public relations director. This effort joins BDC’s involvement with the NYC Walk for Breast Cancer and Dance for Kindness in that goal. Learn more about these efforts here. “It’s important to empower people with multiple ways to give back (with charitable runs),” Cook says. “If they can’t donate, they can run or walk.”

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Dancing in heels with Yanis Marshall

Dancing in heels has long been an industry essential in nearly every style of dance — but a challenge for dancers who have primarily trained in sneakers, flat shoes and bare feet.  And nowadays, dancing in heels is not just for the ladies — men are rocking a stiletto, too! Yanis Marshall came onto the scene as a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent, amazing the audience with his choreography to the Spice Girls…in 5-inch heels! To Marshall, the question is not, “Why do you dance in heels?” but “Why not?”

Since his television debut, Marshall has been a coach on Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance and has been touring to sold-out dance classes across the globe. Broadway Dance Center is thrilled to have Marshall back for a series of Int/Adv Heels master classes October 22-24.