If you don’t know the name “Richard Ellner”, you should. He is the man behind Broadway Dance Center and the reason why we’re able to enjoy dozens of fun classes with working choreographers and well-known teachers each week. Ellner was a life-long lover of the performing arts, although he didn’t take a dance class himself until the age of 52! He had visions of a home for dance in the heart of NYC, where dancers could receive diversified training from the best in the business, all under one roof. So, 35 years ago, in 1984, Ellner founded BDC.
To honor Ellner’s legacy and contribution to the dance community, BDC has announced recipients of the Richard Ellner Scholarships, awarded to three students of BDC’s Professional Semester Program. The generous Scholarships will cover half and full tuition costs for these dancers. Here, get to know the scholarship recipients and why they’re so thrilled to be training at BDC.
Continue reading ➞ Meet the recipients of BDC’s Richard Ellner Scholarships
The BDC community packed the house of the Symphony Space Theater for our annual Student Performance Showcase. This is a tremendous opportunity for students to work closely with our esteemed faculty of teachers and choreographers.
Autumn Dones & Katherine Roarty
Bettina Sheppard & Diana Laurenson
The Showcase featured hip hop, contemporary, theater, tap, jazz, locking, and even singing and acting. Princess Lockeroo choreographed a “Hunger Games” inspired waacking routine complete with waacking “battles” and fantastical costumes. Q Pittman created a jazz funk/hip hop piece satirizing Alvin Ailey’s renowned “Revelations.” And vocal teacher, Bettina Sheppard teamed up with theater teacher, Diana Laurenson to re-stage the original groovy Fosse choreography of Sweet Charity’s ‘The Rhythm of Life.”
Congratulations to all of the dancers and choreographers involved in this year’s Student Performance Showcase. And a big “thank you” to April Cook for organizing the whole event.
Because of the great success of the Student Performance Showcase in the Spring, BDC is thrilled to announce the launch of a second Student Performance Showcase to take place in the Fall! Stay tuned for more information!
A “triple threat” performer is someone who can act and sing and dance – sometimes all at once! It is vital for yourself and also for the industry that you are able to embrace all three disciplines, in order to survive. (Musical Theater Handbook by Gerry Tebbutt)
But one has to ask:
- How important is it to really be a “triple threat?”
- Doesn’t the term “triple threat” just apply to musical theater?
- How can I become a “triple threat?”
Well, Cameron Adams (The Music Man, Hairspray, Oklahoma!, Follies, Cry-Baby, Promises Promises, How to Succeed…, Nice Work If You Can Get It) was nice enough to answer a few of these questions for us. Check out what she has to say:
“The triple threat absolutely still exists. It’s actually more important than it has ever been to be as well-rounded as possible. Most productions aren’t hiring large ensembles anymore. Therefore, to get a spot in the ensemble you must be able to sing, dance, and act and usually understudy one of the leads. This isn’t true for every production, but the more diverse you are the better your odds. Same goes when auditioning for roles. I always say you have more options out there if you’re well-rounded and feel confident in all areas.
I think it’s nothing more than taking classes. Knowing what your weaker areas are and searching for teachers or coaches that can help. And if it feels overwhelming, pull back a bit and take your time. It doesn’t have to consume every part of your life. Being a well-rounded human being helps out with being a well-rounded performer.”
You heard it here, folks! Hop in to BDC’s amazing voice and acting classes (and obviously our dance classes too!) and you’ll be on your way to becoming a true triple threat
- Vocal Technique (Bettina Sheppard) Monday 2-3pm
- Vocal Performance/Audition Technique (Bettina Sheppard) Monday 3-5:30pm and Friday 3:30-5pm
- Acting for Dancers (Bronwen Carson) Tuesday 10:30am-12pm