Professional Semester



BDC’s Professional Semester is ideal for advanced dancers ages 18-27, ready to launch their professional careers.

Whether your dreams include Broadway or Beyoncé, this 4-month intensive program is designed to give you the skills and connections you need to establish yourself as a working dancer. Including practical industry seminars, private master classes with world class renowned professionals in a variety of genres, mock auditions that provide real-world experience, and a final industry showcase, this program will transform you from trained dancer to working professional!

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, chosen with the help of a knowledgeable student advisor
  • Weekly seminars addressing various aspects of the industry
  • Private master classes and mock auditions covering different genres of the dance industry
  • Networking opportunities with dance agencies, casting agents, and BDC faculty and guests 
  • Performance and choreographic opportunities with free rehearsal space
  • Faculty mentoring
  • End-of-program showcase at a Manhattan theater, for an audience including NYC dance industry professionals

In some cases, the BDC Professional Semester may be accepted for college credit. Please speak to the Dance Department representative at your school for further instructions on how to set up that process.

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 but you are encouraged to apply early to reserve your spot in the program. 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 contact [email protected] for more information on how to apply. Applications are considered based on dance training, marketability, and professionalism.

Join us for an exclusive audition tour for this elite program! The Professional Semester Audition Tour is FREE to register. Those selected will receive guaranteed acceptance to the course and a waiver of the application fee.

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.

A student wishing to withdraw from the program early must notify Broadway Dance Center in writing. There are no refunds once you have begun the program, and no refunds will be given for any absences not made up during your period of study. Any approved withdrawals before the start of the program will incur a $150 administration fee.

THE RICHARD ELLNER SCHOLARSHIPS honor the beloved, late founder of Broadway Dance Center, Richard Ellner

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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.

Corey Rives
Corey Rives

As a newcomer to the city, the Professional Semester not only offered unparalleled dance training, but the perfect segue to living in the city. Broadway Dance Center provided me the invaluable opportunity to sign with an agent, which made being a professional less of an aspiration and more of a reality.

Katherine Roarty
Katherine Roarty

The Professional Semester at BDC was my link from academic student to working professional. My passion for dance was immersed in opportunities with casting directors and agents that have led to valuable connections. The support and encouragement from this program helped launch my career!

Siobhan Campbell

The program gave me a boost in being a well-rounded performer, knocked out any sense of doubt I had about myself and opened many doors in my career. To say the least, the program helped me be better prepared and more confident in myself.

Faculty & Staff

Loretta Morrison

Director of Educational Programming
Jim Cooney

Jim Cooney

Faculty Advisor
Cornelius Carter

Cornelius Carter

Professor in Residence

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Walk-ins welcome. All levels and styles.


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