Ray Hesselink

Ray Hesselink

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Ray Hesselink is a director and choreographer living and working in New York City. Ray has had the privilege to help train the children performing in Broadway's Billy Elliot: The Musical

As a dancer, Ray created the role of Mr. Happy in Derick Grant's Imagine Tap! As a performer, Ray's favorite performances include originating the role of "Bud" in Batboy: The Musical. He has also been featured as a principal dancer ...read more

Class Descriptions


Ray's tap class emphasizes technique through warm-up, across the floor, tap turns, and combination. His style is greatly inspired by the MGM films of the 1930–50s, reminiscent of such tap greats as Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, and Ann Miller. Ray uses intricate rhythms and fun footwork to create challenging, musical, and entertaining choreography.


Always wanted to learn to tap?  Intimidated by open class in Manhattan?  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. 


Ray teaches with lots of passion and humor.  Sign up today!



BDC offers more than 350 drop-in classes a week!
Walk-ins welcome. All levels and styles.


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