Professional Semester

Professional Semester

About

Our Professional Semester is an exciting program designed for the aspiring professional dancer. 

This 4-month course is the ideal option for well-trained dancers ages 18-27 looking to launch their professional careers. Whether you're a graduate of a university dance program, a current student looking to spend a semester dancing in the field, a recent high school graduate hoping to break into the dance industry, or a current professional looking for an intensive course to hone your skills, the Professional Semester offers the pragmatic coursework you need to establish yourself as a working dancer. 

Our comprehensive syllabus includes multi-disciplinary technique classes, practical seminars to educate you on the industry, mock auditions to provide real-world experience, and numerous networking opportunities to secure your footing as a working artist. 

We encourage you to apply for this elite program that will transform you from dance student to dance professional!

Featured Students
Eliza Ohman
Eliza Ohman

Eliza is currently the universal swing in Hamilton on Broadway.

Tina Jackson
Tina Jackson

Tina recently danced with Beyoncé on MTV's Video Music Awards.

Rob Coglitore
Rob Coglitore

Rob danced in The Illusionists on Broadway.

Alyssa Lemons
Alyssa Lemons

Alyssa is now a Radio City Rockette.

Program Details

BDC has sought the input of countless industry professionals in crafting this powerful program designed to maximize your time with us and offer you every tool and skill you’ll need to succeed.

Here are some of the elements that make up this comprehensive full-time program:

  • Fall and spring terms
  • Concentrated week of orientation activities, including placement class with faculty panel, injury prevention seminar, and more
  • 12 classes weekly from our incomparable schedule of over 350 drop-in classes
    After a brief exploratory period, students will select a concentration discipline
  • Weekly seminars addressing every aspect of professionalism
  • Master classes and mock auditions, including singing, acting, commercial and video training and more
  • Networking opportunities with dance agencies, casting agents, and BDC faculty and guests 
  • Performance opportunities
  • Free rehearsal space
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Full-time Student Advisor for scheduling guidance
  • End-of-program showcase at local Manhattan theater for an audience including NYC dance industry professionals

In some cases the BDC Professional Semester may be accepted for college credit. Please contact us for a list of universities that grant credit for the program, or speak to the Dance Department representative at your school.

Though schedules do vary, accepted dancers should be available weekday mornings from 8-11am regularly for mandatory program events.

How to Apply

BDC offers rolling admissions. You will be notified of acceptance within 3 weeks after receipt of your completed application via email. You must have a valid email address.

Please read the following application instructions thoroughly and submit all application materials with care. Applications are considered based on dance training, marketability, and professionalism.

Each application packet must be submitted with the following materials. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

  1. Completed application form including personal statement and short-answer essay questions
  2. Completed health form signed and stamped by your physician
    Both forms are included in the same document HERE.
  3. Dance résumé
  4. Work résumé 
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Headshot or portrait photo
  7. 2-minute video demonstrating your technical training and best personal style (Please email YouTube or Vimeo link to [email protected].)
    Please open your video by introducing yourself and expressing in 1-2 sentences what you hope to accomplish while studying at BDC. While we're proud to honor various disciplines, ballet is a required component of the course. Your video should demonstrate your technical training or aptitude by displaying 1 minute of straightforward center ballet-based work (e.g. tombé, pas be bourré, glissade, assemble, tendu fourth, pirouette, land fourth; and a grand jeté or saut de chat). The second minute should display your best personal style.
  8. $50 Application Fee • Pay by Credit Card
    Once completed, please forward your receipt to [email protected]
  9. Proof of Citizenship (Copy of US Passport, Drivers License, or government issued ID)

Scan and email all documents to [email protected]

Or mail documentation and checks/payment information to:

Broadway Dance Center
Attn: Professional Semester
322 West 45th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10036
USA

Make checks/money orders payable to Broadway Dance Center.

We do not accept faxed applications.;

 

BDC Forms

Please complete and submit.
 

Tuition & Payment

$3,850 for 4-month semester

  • Includes all drop-in classes, seminars, master classes, performance opportunities, and counseling sessions 
  • If you choose to take additional classes beyond your mandatory 12 per week, you may do so at a reduced class rate. 

In order to succeed in the program, students must arrive with the necessary funds to support their living expenses during the semester. Part-time work is acceptable, but we strongly advise against trying to work full-time while participating in the program. Please defer your application to the following semester if you need more time to amass these funds.

Once you are accepted into the program, a deposit of $1,925 (half tuition) is due within 30 days of acceptance to secure your spot. The balance is due upon starting the program.

Upon acceptance, you will be sent a link to pay online or you may mail checks/payment information to:

Broadway Dance Center
Attn: Professional Semester
322 West 45th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10036

Checks/money order made payable to Broadway Dance Center.

There are no refunds once you have begun the program.

Sessions

15-Jan-18
EndApp DueBreaksTuition
06-May-1822-Dec-17Mar 12-16, 2018$3,850
20-Aug-18
EndApp DueBreaksTuition
09-Dec-1803-Aug-18Oct 15-19, 2018$3,850
Tuition rates subject to change

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Testimonials

Eliza Ohman
Eliza Ohman

The Professional Semester really helped further my career by giving me the opportunity to grow and develop under the direction of some of the best teachers in the city. I was able to connect with casting directors and agents which was a huge stepping stone in my career. This program inspired and encouraged me to pursue my dreams and I would not be where I am today without it.

Alumni News

Julia Udine

Julia recently starred as Christine Daaé inThe Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and Nat'l Tour.

Erica Hughes
Erica Hughes

Erica is playing Christine in the national tour of A Chorus Line.

Michal Kolaczkowski

Michal is a swing in the Dirty Dancing national tour.

Kayla Moniz
Kayla Moniz

Kayla is dancing in the European tour of West Side Story.

Nikki Crocker
Nikki Croker

Nikki is dancing in the European tour of West Side Story.

Mary Callahan
Mary Callahan

Mary danced in the Bullets Over Broadway national tour.

Carissa Midkiff
Carissa Midkiff

Carissa danced in the Bullets Over Broadway national tour.

Stephanie Brooks

Stephanie was a Swing on the national tour of Mamma Mia.

Elyssa Jo Brown
Elyssa Jo Brown

Elyssa Jo performed in the new Radio City Spring Spectacular.

Nick Silva
Nick Silva

Nick was frequently on Glee as a member of Vocal Adrenaline.

Kayla Sameski

Kayla was seen dancing in Aéropostale's 2015 national ad campaign.

James Koroni
James Koroni

James is on the international tour of Rules of the Game a collaboration by Pharrell Williams, Daniel Arsham, and Jonah Bokaer.

Danielle Burdick
Danielle Burdick

Danielle just completed touring the country in Mamma Mia.

Jenifer Dillow
Jenifer Dillow

Jenifer performed in Barrington Stage Company's On The Town (choreo: Joshua Bergasse) and in Much Ado About Nothing.

Samantha Sweed
Samantha Sweed

Samantha earned her SAG/AFTRA card working on Orange Is The New Black.

Nicole Butler
Nicole Butler

Nicole was a Rockette for the regional Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Zanza Steinberg
Zanza Steinberg

Zanza danced in Chicago on Royal Caribbean and now has her own dance company, ALMA NYC.

Greer Gisy
Greer Gisy

Greer was the dance captain for the In the Heights national tour.

Kayla Janssen
Kayla Janssen

Kayla won the Adidas Dancers Wanted Competition and will get to dance with Katy Perry's choreographers!

Allie Dietz
Allie Dietz

Allie danced for AT&T in a flash mob to promote Jason Derulo and was in Le Grande Cirque at Niagara Falls, and Spirit of Christmas with Dublin Worldwide Productions.

Jessica Seavor
Jessica Seavor

Jessica played Mona in Riverside Theatre's Chicago.

Tess Liantonio
Tess Liantonio

Tess is dancing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

Rachel Feretti
Rachel Feretti

Rachel danced on Disney Cruise Lines.

Sophia LaVonne
Sophia LaVonne

Sophia choreographed/ danced in a show for a GE Medical conference in Las Vegas, and just danced on BET's 106 & Park with singer/rapper Bijon Nichole.

Latoyia Everett
Latoyia Everett

Latoyia performed on Norwegian Cruise Line as a dancer and the Dance Captain. She is also partnered with an international cheer camp company and to set choreography.

Cassidy Gerczak
Cassidy Gerczak

Cassidy has been sailing the seven seas and performing around the world as a dancer for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Lexi Dysart
Lexi Dysart

Lexi honed her choreographic voice while in the program and was accepted into the Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC.

Savannah Cobb
Savannah Cobb

Savannah just danced in Pure Motion by choreographer Ray Mercer.

Natalie "McFancy" Wise
Natalie "McFancy" Wise

Natalie as recently featured on the Jenny McCarthy Show and will perform one of her hula-hoop acts at Electric Forest Festival.

Kelsey Stenta
Kelsey Stenta

Kelsey was cast in Philadanco's apprentice company, D2.

Corey O'Brien
Corey O'Brien

Corey toured internationally with The Aluminum Show after finishing a contract with Royal Caribbean International as a dancer and acrobat.

Chelsea Caso
Chelsea Caso

Chelsea just wrapped months of shooting as a dancer on the set of the upcoming feature film The Greatest Showman; starring Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron, and Michelle Williams. 

 

Melissa Becraft
Melissa Becraft

Melissa will be a Brooklynette for the 2017-2018 season.

Program Staff

Emily Collin

Emily Collin

Director of Educational Programs
Chelsea Moss

Chelsea Moss

Educational Programs Coordinator
Sarah Toler

Sarah Toler

Educational Programs Administrator
Jim Cooney

Jim Cooney

Faculty Advisor
Cornelius Carter

Cornelius Carter

Professor in Residence
Bonnie Erickson

Bonnie Erickson

Director of Outreach and Special Projects

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  •   322 W 45th St • NYC, NY 10036

 

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