We are organizing a celebration of the life and legacy of Frank Hatchett this April at Symphony Space in NYC. In an effort to include as many students, dancers and friends as possible, we are inviting you to send us a video to include in our celebration footage.
If you would like to participate, please send a video (not to exceed one minute) by Monday, March 10, 2014. Videos do not have to be professionally shot, they can be as simple as videos taken on your smartphone. They can be funny memories, your favorite Frank saying or a short dance tribute - it's up to you! Please note, however, that videos may be edited for time, depending on the number we receive.
To submit, go to: www.dropitto.me/broadwaydance Password: bdc2014 (all lowercase)
Frank's visionary ideas about New York dance set the stage for Broadway Dance Center's continuing 30-year success story, leaving his legend intertwined throughout the NYC dance landscape.
His passion for teaching and love of dance touched the lives of countless artists both in NYC and world-wide. Frank will be deeply missed, but never forgotten, as his spirit will live on in our studios and inspire future dancers one "VOP" at a time.
Entertainers, students, and dance teachers from all over the world come to study with Frank Hatchett. Frank has continuously toured the country giving master classes, and making special guest appearances. In addition, Frank has been one of the featured master teachers for the annual Jazz Dance World Congress.
The Hatchett style is a blend of strength, funk, and individual interpretation, with an emphasis on selling your performance. Associated exclusively to Frank Hatchett, his unique energy and spirit have come to be called VOP. This signature VOP style is also available on DVD or VHS as part of a new series of instructional videos produced in part by Broadway Dance Center.
Aside from teaching, Frank has choreographed for all aspects of the entertainment industry. ABC’s Good Morning America dubbed him “The Doctor of Jazz.” CNBC’s television documentary, Real Stories featured a series on Frank, which later won an Emmy Award. Mr. Hatchett has also been featured on MTV’s The Real World, and VH1’s Driven. In 2000, Frank Hatchett and Nancy Myers Gitlin co-authored the popular book titled Frank Hatchett’s Jazz Dance. Frank was also honored as one of the recipients of the Fred Astaire awards in 2002.