Absolute Beginner Workshops

If you have always dreamed of dancing, or want a fun and exciting way to get active and meet new people, these workshops are the perfect place to take that first step! We put great effort into providing the right instructors, curriculum and atmosphere here at BDC for the first-time dancer. We know this exceptional program will ignite your passion for dance.

Workshop sessions run for 8 or 4 consecutive weeks.

For Adults ONLY! • Ages 18+

Upcoming Dates

Fall 2019: Sep 8-Oct 31 CURRENTLY IN SESSION
Winter 2020: Jan 12-Mar 5
Spring 2020: Mar 22-May 17 (No class on Easter Sun, Apr 12)
Summer I* 2020: Jun 7-Jul 2
Summer II* 2020: Jul 12- Aug 6
Fall 2020: Sep 13-Nov 5

For additional information or questions, please email [email protected] or call 212-582-9304 x 19.

Dates & Faculty

TAP

In Ray Hesselink's ABW Tap Class you will learn ALL of the BASIC TAP steps to make you feel confident when going to any open BASIC Class at Broadway Dance Center. This class is syllabus based and every week builds from the week before.  Recommended for people who have never taken tap, or if you want to dust off your shoes and get back to basics.  Learn new steps and a dance combination every week in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.

Sun, Sep 08, 2019 to Sun, Oct 27, 2019 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
REGISTRATION CLOSED

CONTEMPORARY

Stacie's class draws from Contemporary, Jazz, and Modern dance styles with a focus on strengthening and conditioning the body. The class emphasizes technique, artistry, and athleticism. 

Sun, Sep 08, 2019 to Sun, Oct 27, 2019 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
REGISTRATION CLOSED

HIP-HOP

Q's ABW is designed for those who want to gain confidence dancing in social settings. A warm-up that includes isolations, groove exercises and a thorough breakdown of the material are a few examples of what will be covered. You’ll also get a feel for the "BDC class experience" by incorporating what you've learned from the warm-up into an energetic and challenging routine.

Sun, Sep 08, 2019 to Sun, Oct 27, 2019 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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LATIN FUSION

Sekou’s Latin Fusion ABW introduces Latin rhythms and techniques deeply rooted in the Caribbean (Salsa/Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, etc.) while blending with urban dance, modern, jazz and contemporary styles. A marriage of rhythm and technique. Perfect for those interested in moving to grooves while peeking into a culture of dance and celebration. 

Sun, Sep 08, 2019 to Sun, Oct 27, 2019 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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JAZZ

Shannon conducts an energetic, upbeat class that concentrates on developing strong jazz technique. Her warmup is designed to help with correct placement, flexibility, and overall strength to give the dancer a solid foundation for jazz dance. Her across-the-floor is a fusion of elements that focus on technique and style and she loves to teach combinations that are “classic” jazz, allowing dancers to focus on their attack and clean lines.

Sun, Sep 08, 2019 to Sun, Oct 27, 2019 / 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
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STREET JAZZ

Christine's class incorporates elements of street jazz, freestyle, and groove step, and always puts a fresh twist on the fundamentals of hip-hop dance. She pays special attention to breaking down the details of her choreography to ensure that her students truly grasp how it should feel on their bodies. Christine strives to create a comfortable, high-energy, and judgement-free environment where she can encourage students of all levels to let go, have fun, and let their own personal style shine through.

Sun, Sep 08, 2019 to Sun, Oct 27, 2019 / 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
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BALLET

An introduction to the technique, terminology, and etiquette of class structure. Emphasis is placed on posture, placement and timing as students expand dance vocabulary. An ideal way for novice students to develop strength, flexibility, and focus; as well as dancers from other disciplines to add correct ballet technique usage.

Tue, Sep 10, 2019 to Tue, Oct 29, 2019 / 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
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THEATER DANCE

Lizz's Theater ABW provides students with a fun, safe, stress-free, educating environment where they will learn the fundamentals of theater movement. Through study of terminology, sequencing, choreography, and more, students will grow increasingly more comfortable with theater dance all together!

Thu, Sep 12, 2019 to Thu, Oct 31, 2019 / 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Registration & Price

  • Regular Price: 8-WEEKS
  • $260
  • Starting Jan 1, 2019
  • Summer Price: 4-Weeks*
  • $130
  • May 21-Jun 16, July 14-Aug 8, 2019

Refund Policy

The refund (less $25 admin fee) deadlines for Sep-Oct Absolute Beginner Workshops are as follows:

RAY HESSELINK
Tap
September 20, 2019
STACIE WEBSTER
Contemporary
September 20, 2019
Q PITTMAN
Hip-Hop
September 20, 2019
SEKOU MCMILLER
Latin Fusion
September 20, 2019
SHANNON ATKINS
Jazz
September 20, 2019
CHRISTINE MURRAY
Street Jazz
September 20, 2019
PETER SCHABEL
Ballet
September 20, 2019
LIZZ PICINI
Theater Dance
September 20, 2019

NO refunds will be given after the above dates.

  • Sorry, workshops are not pro-rated if you join after the first week.
  • There are no credits or refunds for missed classes.
  • If Broadway Dance Center cancels a class for any reason a make-up class will be offered.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS & WHAT TO WEAR

It is most important that you feel comfortable and confident in your dancewear! Any garments that are stretchy and allow freedom of movement in which you can also see your line will work. Please don't let self-consciousness be an issue. Be sure to visit The Shop at BDC in-store and online for all your dancewear needs! https://www.shopbdc.com/

Starting from scratch, students learn the basics of classical Ballet technique to prepare them to enter any Basic Ballet class offered at Broadway Dance Center. To enhance your experience, additional information is shared weekly to educate students about other aspects of the art form inside and outside the studio. Whether you are interested in learning ballet for fun, fitness, or to enhance your other artistic practices, this is the class for you!

LADIES: Traditionally a leotard, tights, and ballet slippers are worn in ballet classes. You may need a sports bra or other type of support under your leotard, and you can wear a ballet skirt or dance shorts over your leotard and tights if you like! A unitard is also a good choice. Pink, white or black ballet slippers are all ok though you can get started in socks or jazz shoes (if you cannot get slippers right away). Also, your hair needs to be secured firmly back and out of your eyes for safety during turns! 

GENTLEMEN: Traditionally a fitted T-shirt or mans leotard, tights, dance shorts, or fitted sweatpants, and ballet slippers are worn in ballet classes. A dance belt under your tights for safety and support is recommended. Black or white ballet slippers are best for men though you can wear socks or jazz shoes to get started (if you cannot get your slippers right away). If your hair is long enough to get in your eyes it is important to secure it back out of your face for safety during turns! 

This workshop will introduce the beginning student to basic Theater and Jazz techniques by starting with a thorough warm-up that focuses on teaching vocabulary, building muscle strength, and energizing the body and mind for class. From there, we will work on some Theater Jazz movement and eventually assimilate some of the vocabulary into a routine where we will simultaneously work on executing the steps and telling a story. It’s everything theater dancer should be, but at a pace a singer/actor/mover can keep up with! We will get back to the basics and set a strong foundation to build upon

Jazz pants, shorts, sweat pants, etc. Nothing too baggy. What you might wear to the gym. Comfortable clothes to move in and jazz shoes or dance sneakers ideal- if not, sneakers are fine. Character shoes/heels can also be worn for theater.

Students will learn all the basic steps in tap, as well as their definitions. The class continues with incorporating these steps in warm-up and across the floor exercises and final combinations. The goal of this workshop is to give you the foundation you need to take tap classes at BDC, fuel your enjoyment and appreciation of tap dance, and to have a great time!

Jazz pants, shorts, sweat pants, leggings, etc. Nothing too baggy. What you might wear to the gym. Comfortable clothes to move in. Tap shoes or shoes with a hard sole that make a loud sound.

This workshop begins with a warm-up that includes body isolations and various movement exercises, as well as a thorough breakdown of the material presented to you. During the workshop, choreography will be given with movements ranging from smooth grooves to energetic hits. Each class will build upon the previous one. By the end of the session you’ll have a few new combos under your belt. You'll also get a feel for the "BDC class experience" by incorporating what you've learned in the warm-up into a fun and challenging routine.

Shorts, sweat pants, leggings etc. Nothing too baggy. What you might wear to the gym. Comfortable clothes to move in. Dance sneakers or regular sneakers are ideal.

If you've always wanted to learn to dance in heels, this is the workshop for you! Students will work on feeling comfortable walking in heels, basic technique, and exuding confidence while performing choreography.

This workshop will start with a warm-up concentrating on developing strength and flexibility, basic Jazz/Contemporary movements, and basic technique such as plies, tendús, and releves. Each week you will work on movements across the floor that will progress into a center combination. At the end of the workshop you will have a basic knowledge of Contemporary/Jazz dance terms as well as how to execute them correctly.

Shorts, sweat pants, leggings etc. Nothing too baggy. What you might wear to the gym. Comfortable clothes to move in. Jazz shoes, ballet shoes, socks or bare feet are appropriate.

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