Inspiring the World to Dance
350+ classes in a variety of styles and levels
Learn from renowned educators and choreographers
Programs for professionals, enthusiasts, internationals and youth
Workshops, intensives, master classes, and more
Professional and friendly service
Custom dance and athletic apparel in our Shop
We offer over 350 classes weekly, taught by some of the world's most renowned teachers and choreographers. Our continued dedication to the international dance community, state-of-the-art studios, and our location in the heart of the New York City Theater District make us the ultimate destination for dancers around the globe.
Broadway Dance Center’s rich history starts in New York City in the early 1980s, when dancers flocked to NYC to train and vie for a spot on the fabled Broadway stages. The unitards roamed free and shows like A Chorus Line and Cats created a new niche for beautifully trained dancers. Choreographers like Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, and Jerome Robbins were creating brilliance on stage, while teachers like Luigi, Jamie Rogers, Henry LeTang, Phil Black, David Howard, and Frank Hatchett were preparing dancers to become the versatile and technical performers needed for these great choreographers. With the emergence of MTV and the music video era, even more dancers came to train in NYC, and BDC evolved to become the one-stop shop for dancers of all levels, styles, and dreams.
Business-owner and avid dance fan Richard Ellner assumed ownership of Hines-Hatchett, renaming it Broadway Dance Center. He then set out to create a studio that would provide a true home for teachers and dancers. Each instructor was carefully selected and encouraged to contribute his or her personal style and expertise. Students converged in droves to enjoy the convenience of attending one studio for diversified training rather than having to travel throughout the city. In the early years, renowned teachers joined BDC’s faculty and solidified the studio’s standing in the dance community. Word of the studio quickly spread and brought students from around the globe. Mr. Ellner’s dream to share the joy of dance with everyone brought recreational dancers and professionals together beautifully in their mutual love. Over the next 15 years, the studio grew and flourished under Richard’s leadership. His daughter Allison came on board and together they formed a strong partnership.
Under standard NYC real estate pressures, the studios relocated to 211 West 57th Street. Richard passed away just three weeks after the move at the age of 69, but would have been proud of the new space that inspired so many dancers. Determined to honor the legacy that her beloved father left behind and to move the business into the next millennium, Allison brought on an even more impressive roster of teachers, and vastly expanded the studio’s educational offerings and programming. It was on 57th Street that many of the programs and workshops that have made BDC famous were born: International Student Visa Program, Children and Teens Program, Dance Teacher Workshop, and Music Video Jam (now known as The PULSE on Tour). During our time on those five floors, our business evolved as well – our Front Desk left behind the paper sign-in procedure to embrace the computer age, and we developed the first iterations of what has become our now legendary web presence. BDC’s ability to change with the times and deliver both the training and technology our students need has kept us current throughout our years of operation.
Under the direction of the current Executive Director, Diane King, and with heartwarming support from the dance community, faculty, and staff, BDC relocated again to its current state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Times Square, maintaining the integrity and generosity for which we’re known. With the support of a talented and dedicated staff, the studio provides a palpable abundance of creative energy that invigorates the minds, bodies, and souls of all who enter. To this day, our staff holds true to the founder’s original intent: an open-door policy gratefully welcoming all those who wish to dance. BDC’s class offerings continue to grow and provide an enormous and unprecedented variety of talented faculty and styles. These include innovative and groundbreaking workshops, programs, and events that create positive opportunities for children and adults. It has often been said that BDC is a second home for dancers – this is indeed the dream Richard sought to attain, and it is our honor to keep this dream in our sights.
We’re far from finished! We expanded our space on 45th Street to seven state-of-the-art studios, and now offer over 350 classes a week. With even more innovative workshops, master classes, and programs as well as our expanded Shop and social media presence, we are always carefully crafting new and exciting offerings for dancers of every path in our endless effort to inspire the world to dance! Just as Broadway Dance Center became the fulfillment of Richard’s dreams, we know that, somewhere within the walls of our dynamic studios, BDC can do the same for you.
Comprising more than 80 professionals, our faculty is fully committed to your development and training. You’re sure to find a favorite teacher in this diverse group! Our teachers work professionally in various aspects of industry and bring their expertise and knowledge into the classroom. View Faculty
All members of our staff work as a team to ensure the studio is run in a highly efficient and well-organized manner. From program administrators to event coordinators, BDC employs only dedicated individuals who love what they do, and whose primary goal is to support our growth and vitality. View Staff Directory