Breakthrough the Series at BDC

BDC offers BreakThrough: The Series

How can a dancer work to improve his or her performance ability and confidence? While you can notice yourself in the mirror during class, you can’t possibly watch every moment of your dancing (nor should you!). Also, it can be difficult to stay engaged if you’re worrying about how you look in the mirror. In an audition setting, it can be awkward to ask a friend or peer, “How did I look?” And, let’s face it, your parents are always going to tell you you’re the best dancer on stage (even if you fall flat on your face!). To get honest, constructive feedback and challenge yourself to grow as a performer, you need to look to a professional.

self care for dancers

Self-care tips from ALMA NYC

On January 14, ALMA NYC hosted a wellness seminar at Broadway Dance Center. The seminar featured a five-person panel of nutrition, fitness, life-coaching and holistic living specialists. The afternoon focused on the meaning of self-care, a concept that has become a very trendy topic in today’s society.   

Photo courtesy of New York Jets.

Get an inside scoop with Jets Flight Crew Audition Prep

It’s Super Bowl weekend, and all the wings, guacamole and Halftime Show excitement is in the air. Yes, most of the attention is on the football players, but they wouldn’t be a team without their team dancers – those amazing, technical, high-energy dancers who perform to crowds of thousands and help keep the spirit up. What a fun job that would be! 

Broadway Dance Center is hosting the Jets Flight Crew Cheerleader prep classes as part of its Industry Insider series. During this audition prep class, you can get an inside scoop from Director and Choreographer Denise Garvey on what it takes to join the dance squad for the New York Jets. 

Foods for Winter Health

4 ways to boost winter nutrition and immune function

During winter months, it’s more important than ever to maximize your nutrient intake to strengthen your protective immune defenses. You don’t have to go buy a bunch of expensive products to be your best. 

Here are some tried and tested immune boosters perfect for a dancer’s budget.  

Fosse Master Class at BDC.

Fosse Master Classes return to BDC

The Bob Fosse Master Class Series is back at Broadway Dance Center, and we cannot wait to get our jazz on! The Verdon Fosse Legacy will be at BDC every Sunday in February. These three-hour intensive master classes (for ages 16+) focus on Bob Fosse’s signature style, and dancers will get to learn actual repertoire from veteran Fosse dancers and Legacy-sanctioned reconstructeurs. 

Here’s the line-up for the month ahead!

Photo by Belinda Strodder.

Get warm and stay warm for healthy and stretchy dancing

Brrrr… baby, it’s cold outside! You’ve still got to get warm and stay warm before you really get moving, but it feels so much harder when it’s like Frosty and the elves had a little too much fun outside. Fortunately, it’s easy with a few tips, and you’ll be ready to burn up the studio! 

First, though, what does it even mean to warm up? Is it just a few stretches and go? Nope. You need to literally warm up your body from the core out to your fingers and toes, and the way to do this is to move around enough to get your heart rate and your breathing rate to increase. If you’ve broken a sweat, you’ve hit gold. Here are some of our tips for getting warm and preventing injury. 

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.

Breaking into Broadway

The lights are bright, the buzz and energy is so full of life. It’s full of song, dance, storytelling, exciting choreography, extravagant costumes and sets. It’s Broadway. It’s lovingly called The Great White Way – one of the first streets in the U.S. to be lit with electric lights. Its history and reputation and potential for amazing things make it a “bucket list” item for many dancers. But when so many dancers are vying for the same goal, how can you turn this dream into a reality? How can you break into Broadway?

Here, we turn to Stephanie Bissonnette, a 2010 graduate of Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Intern Program (now called the BDC Professional Semester), who made her Broadway debut in the musical Mean Girls last April. She knows all there is to know about what kinds of classes aspiring Broadway dancers should be taking, how to prepare for that singing audition and how you, too, can make it on The Great White Way, doing what you love.

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.