Teachers, directors, let us bow our heads for a moment and think about that time… that time before studio life, that time before ordering costumes, cleaning mirrors, filing business taxes, and that blissful time before pushy parents! We absolutely adore our students, and appreciate their incredible parents, but sometimes they just don’t understand, and we have to work together to make sure the dance can go on.
Here, two of BDC’s amazing instructors who teach multiple genres all over the NYC area, as well as two studio owners from across the nation, explain how they best handle a range of scenarios that come up with parents. We hope that their sage advice can give you some new ideas and support.
Continue reading ➞ Dance teachers: What to do about pushy parents
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!
Continue reading ➞ Heat up your winter with these 5 BDC classes
“And one and two and three and four!” Tracie Stanfield accents each count with a staccato clap. Dancers whip through double-time chaînés, changing their spot each time to travel in a tight square. It is the culmination of a demanding across-the-floor combination in Stanfield’s contemporary/lyrical class at New York City’s Broadway Dance Center. “I usually try to do style, a turn and a jump across the floor,” she explains. Today’s turns are challenging enough, however, to keep dancers busy for the entire class segment.
This push to get students moving through space with technical precision points to Stanfield’s core philosophy: Dancers should learn technique as movement, not a separate concept. “I feel like they always think technique is this mountain in China, and they’re going to climb it one day,” she says. “But it’s just how you move the body.” Through exercises that focus on deliberate placement, spatial awareness and body control, she trains versatile, marketable dancers who can perform nontraditional choreography with technical integrity.
READ MORE via “Tracie Stanfield: How I teach contemporary lyrical” in Dance Teacher magazine
Broadway Dance Center would like to thank all of the amazing teachers who hosted benefit classes in support of victims of Hurricane Sandy.
- Al Blackstone
- Justin Boccitto
- Jacob Brent
- Cat Cogliandro
- Jim Cooney
- Ginger Cox
- Ashle Dawson
- Chris Erk
- Brian Green
- Jamie Jackson
- Diana Laurenson
- Matt Lopez
- Kevin Maher
- Lenore Marks
- Michael Mindlin
- Brice Mousset
- Sheryl Murakami
- Daniella Polanco
- Katherine Roarty
- Neil Schwartz
- Tracie Stanfield
Classes were $15 and all of the proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross. In addition, BDC hosted a used clothing drive and donated 300 pairs of BDC sweatpants and 100 BDC T-shirts to the Salvation Army.
You can still donate to Hurricane Sandy relief on the American Red Cross website.
Thank you to everyone who donated their time, money, and clothing to this cause. It is so inspiring to show the power of dance to make a difference in the world.