Dancing For A Cure: BDC’s Olivia Hutcherson Shares Her Personal Journey

Olivia Summer Hutcherson is one of BDC’s very own. She took her first class at 16 after moving to NYC  from Atlanta, GA and instantly fell in love with the music pumping from every floor, the huge variety of classes, and electric energy flowing through every studio wall. At 23, she began BDC’s Work Study Program and was able to work in the studio in exchange for additional training in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, House, Whacking, and even Voice. She later went on to assist BDC’s Children and Teen Program’s Latin Jazz classes as well as assist Shirlene Quigley. Olivia always considered BDC a second home but now recognizes them as a second family.

Dancing For a Cure… Our Eighth Year!

1385972_10151968281152387_23152780_n4Join Broadway Dance Center in the annual Making Strides (or rather, saut de chats!) Against Breast Cancer.  This Sunday, October 20th, thousands of New Yorkers – including Team BDC – will walk “the loop” through Central Park to raise awareness about breast cancer and the work of the American Cancer Society.

Sign up online and then pick-up a T-shirt from the BDC retail office.  Whether or not you are able to walk with us on Sunday, you can still make a donation (either online or at the front desk at BDC) to help us reach our goal of $2,400.  Last year alone, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raised nearly $70 million dollars through their walks across the United States.

Funds raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer support the American Cancer Society’s fight to end breast cancer. Specifically, these dollars are used to make a difference in the following ways:

  • Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is most treatable
  • Investing in research to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease
  • Providing free information and services to help people facing breast cancer today – when and where they need it – including transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs, financial assistance, and more
  • Ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them, and encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat breast cancer

2013 marks Team BDC’s eighth year participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.  This year we will be walking in honor of one of Broadway Dance Center’s most beloved teachers, Diane Laurenson.  Become a part of Team BDC and join us on Sunday as we walk (and dance) for a great cause.

*Meeting at 74th Street and Central Park West. We’ll walk in together at 9 a.m.