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BDC Training Program student Jordan Chin (Jayna Photography, courtesy Broadway Dance Center)

How Broadway Dance Center’s Online Options Can Broaden Your Dance Horizons

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.

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(From left) Royal Flux's Malece Miller, Savannah Alexander, and Alexia Meyer (Romark Weiss, courtesy Royal Flux)

Pro Dance Companies Fit for Comp Royalty

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.

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Scholarship winners from NYCDA Nationals in 2019 (Courtesy NYC Dance Alliance Foundation)

NYCDA Wants to Jumpstart Your Dance Career—Virtually

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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Boston Ballet artist Daniel Durrett (James Barkley, courtesy Dance for Change)

Take Class From Celebrated Black Dancers and Raise Money for the NAACP Through Dance for Change

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 diamante.ballet@gmail.com 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."

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Alexandra de Roos holding up a newly donated leotard (courtesy de Roos)

SAB Student Founds Dancewear Nonprofit to Help Others in Need

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."

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