2020 may not be the year you make it to NYC to study with your dance idols face to face, but that doesn't mean you have to give up on your summer dance dreams. Broadway Dance Center, a top training destination for professionals and students since 1984, is currently offering more than 75 online open classes every week, and on July 13th, the studio will launch its first-ever online summer program. Whether you're looking for drop-in classes to supplement what you're getting at your home studio or you want a structured summer course that will take your training to the next level, BDC is here for you.
Open Classes from the Pros<p>"BDC is the biggest commercial dance studio in NYC, and it has the most skilled teachers in that demographic," says hip-hop instructor AntBoogie, who's been with the studio for 20 years. Whether you're a beginner, an aspiring pro, or a working dancer trying to stay at the top of your game, there's a class on the <a href="https://www.broadwaydancecenter.com/schedule" target="_blank">online schedule</a> that's right for you. Take your pick from jazz, theater, contemporary, tap, ballet,<strong> </strong>street styles, and more.</p>
BDC Training Program student Brianna Rivera (Jayna Photography, courtesy BDC)
BDC Training Program student Maya Walker (Jayna Photography, courtesy BDC)
A New Kind of Intensive<p>Applications are due July 8th for <a href="https://www.broadwaydancecenter.com/training/online-summer-program" target="_blank">BDC's four-week online summer program</a> (for ages 18–35) and <a href="https://www.broadwaydancecenter.com/training/online-junior-summer-program" target="_blank">two-week junior programs</a> (for ages 10–18). In the <a href="https://www.broadwaydancecenter.com/training/online-summer-program" target="_blank">adult program</a>, you'll choose a track—contemporary, theater or street dance—and work with a faculty mentor and staff advisor to craft a schedule of seven weekly classes from the livestream offerings. "We'll give you tips on navigating our teachers and classes in a way that makes sense for what you're hoping to gain," says Emily Collin, BDC's director of educational programs. You'll also have a weekly master class or seminar that's only open to summer program enrollees. Planned seminar topics include navigating the NYC dance industry and doing self-taped auditions. </p>
BDC Training Program student Sai Nodboon (Jayna Photography, courtesy BDC)
Why BDC?<p>"This is a great time to dive deep into learning," Nicholson says. "There are fewer distractions. You have time to think and explore." A trusted school like BDC, with its diverse teaching roster of former and current professionals who are also committed educators, can give you the guidance you need. "Everyone at BDC really cares about the art," Nicholson says. "It's more than training the body."</p>
For years, it was hard for competition dancers to find professional jobs that made full use of their technical polish, astonishing versatility, and onstage ease. But recently, some (smart) companies have begun recruiting comp kids, drawn to their adaptability and fearlessness. We've compiled a list of nine companies that are fit for comp queens and kings. Get ready to put them on your audition radar.
(From left) Shaping Sound's Chantel Aguirre, Kate Harpootlian, Gaby Diaz, Lindsay Leuschner, and Chelsea Thedinga (Mat Hayward, courtesy Break The Floor Productions)
BODYTRAFFIC dancer Jamal White (Samantha Clink, courtesy BODYTRAFFIC)
Parsons Dance's Zoey Anderson and DaMond LeMonte Garner (Lois Greenfield, courtesy Parsons Dance)
(From left) Former Hubbard Street dancer Alice Klock and current company member Rena Butler in Crystal Pite's Grace Engine (Todd Rosenberg, courtesy Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)
Let's be honest: We're running out of ways to say that it's been no average school year, especially for high school juniors and seniors. Despite the circumstances, however, you all have barely missed a beat, keeping your technique, training, and love for dance alive in all kinds of online spaces. And New York City Dance Alliance wants to reward your efforts—and help maximize the pay-off—with virtual opportunities to invest in your college education and kickstart your professional dance career.
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Dancers in last year's college scholarship auditions (courtesy NYCDA Foundation)<p>Katie Langan, chair of the Dance Department at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, has a few tips on how students can stand out to her, and the other representatives from prestigious dance departments who'll be involved in NYCDA's scholarship audition.</p>
Prepare for the platform.<p>Unsure about Zoom dance class etiquette, especially in a high-pressure setting? Brush up on your skills during NYCDA's All-Access Virtual Summer Workshop. Be respectful onscreen, and treat each class you take during the week as preparation for audition day, Langan advises.</p>
Be ready to go, and ready for anything.<p>"Preparing at home is just as important as if you were going to the studio," Langan says. That includes looking the part, arriving to the Zoom waiting room on time or early, and handling any technical difficulties in a professional manner. At the same time, Langan and the other representatives empathize with the challenges of Zoom, from poor internet connections to music not syncing up correctly. "We understand that anything can happen, and we won't fault dancers for it, nor will we hold anything against those working in a less-than-ideal dance space," Langan explains.</p>
Listen (really listen) as you take class.<p>"I'll be closely watching how Ashley and Desmond teach their combinations, and then looking to see the students' execution in their videos, specifically how they interpret and apply both teachers' corrections," Langan says.</p>
Let your love for dance shine.<p>"Beyond seeing technique, we want to see your potential and who you are," Langan says. "Do what you do best, and don't be nervous. This is all about showing us your love for dance."<br></p>
Since the nationwide fight against racial inequality took center stage in May, organizations across the dance world have been looking for meaningful ways to show their support, rather than fall back on empty social media signifiers. July 10–11, Diamante Ballet Dancewear is taking action with Dance for Change, a two-day event dedicated to fundraising for the NAACP, and amplifying the voices of Black professional dancers.
Organized by Diamante Ballet Dancewear's founder, Nashville Ballet 2 dancer Isichel Perez, and freelance dancer Elise Gillum, Dance for Change makes it easy to participate. Dancers need only to make a donation to the NAACP (in any amount) and email proof to firstname.lastname@example.org to be given online access to a full schedule of Zoom master classes taught by Black pros artists. Teachers include Ballet Memphis' George Sanders, Boston Ballet's Daniel Durrett, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Corey Bourbonniere, and more. "It's important that we amplify BIPOC voices during this time, and it's also important that we're conscious of where we're putting our dollars," says Bourbonniere. "Diamante is doing both with Dance for Change, and I'm honored to be in this talented group of melanated dancers."
Friday, July 10<p>11 am-12 pm EDT: Ballet with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre soloist Corey Bourbonniere (featuring live accompaniment by pianist Daniel McTiernan)</p><p>12-1 pm EDT: Men's Class with Ballet Memphis soloist George Sanders </p><p>1-2 pm EDT: Pointe Class with South Valley Ballet's Simone Muhammad </p><p>2-3 pm EDT: Dance Cardio with freelance teacher Samantha Barriento </p>
Saturday, July 11<p>1-2 pm EDT: Jazz with Grand Rapids Ballet's Ednis Gomez</p><p>2-3 pm EDT: Ballet with Boston Ballet artist of the company Daniel Durrett (featuring live accompaniment by pianist Daniel McTiernan)</p><p>3-4 pm EDT: Conditioning with Dance Theatre of Harlem's <a href="https://www.pointemagazine.com/tag/derek-brockington" target="_blank">Derek Brockington</a> </p><p>After classes, head over to <a href="https://www.instagram.com/diamante.ballet/" target="_blank">@diamante.ballet</a> on Instagram for the following live events and raffle drawings.</p><p>5 pm EDT: Nutrition and Wellness Chat with NB2 dancers Alia Federico and Isichel Perez</p><p>7 pm EDT: Q&A with guest artist Sam Akins and Isichel Perez</p>
When School of American Ballet student Alexandra de Roos was 8 years old, she placed a collection box at her dance studio for others to donate their gently used dancewear. De Roos, now 17, has since turned that single collection box into a nonprofit organization that aims to minimize economic barriers in the performing arts with free dancewear and classes.
De Roos' organization, Peace Love Leotards, has collected about $2,600 of new and gently-used dancewear and $2,000 in grants and donations since formally launching in April. Dancers or studio owners can request items through a form on the organization's website.
"I knew that dancewear was really expensive and that a lot of students might not be able to do the thing that they love because it's cost-prohibitive," de Roos said. "I really wanted to create something to allow people to have the same experience of the love and joy of dance that I've been so grateful to have."