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

Winter 2020: Jan 12-Mar 5 REGISTRATION IS OPEN
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

BALLET 

Yuka's ABW emphasizes placement, proper classical technique, rhythm, and attention to musicality. Students will learn the joy of dancing! 

Sun, Jan 12, 2020 to Sun, Mar 01, 2020 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

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, Jan 12, 2020 to Sun, Mar 01, 2020 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

TAP 

Gwen prioritizes three main elements in her tap class. First she focuses on fostering a solid understanding of tap vocabulary; using rudiments to drill basic skills for time, speed, and execution. Across the floor and basic rudiments warm up students' feet and minds for center work later in class. She then focuses on sequencing; taking steps and stringing them together to practice picking up choreography quickly.  Lastly, improvisation; Gwen provides a charismatic, gentle approach to the introduction of basic music theory and guides students to apply their musical knowledge to their feet.

Sun, Jan 12, 2020 to Sun, Mar 01, 2020 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

THEATER DANCE

Natalie's ABW consists of an upbeat warm-up and stretch including focus on toning and strengthening by building on basic technique. Across-the-floor combinations build vocabulary and allow the ability to work on musicality, pick-up skills and layering style with technical elements. All combinations are based in story-telling and performance-- a fun and encouraging environment where movement comes with an intention and a reason.

Sun, Jan 12, 2020 to Sun, Mar 01, 2020 / 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

HEELS

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.

Sun, Jan 12, 2020 to Sun, Mar 01, 2020 / 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

JAZZ

Sue's warm-up concentrates on placement, stretch, and strength and is done to live percussion. The class continues with jazz isolations and across-the-floor work on turns, kicks, and jumps. Lastly, using the fundamental movements already addressed, there is a choreographed combination which gets the students dancing and having fun!

Tue, Jan 14, 2020 to Tue, Mar 03, 2020 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

CONTEMPORARY 

Nijawwon's ABW encompasses the use of dynamics, textures, and spatial level changes with serpentine fluidity. Dancers will engage in structured improv that allows for storytelling, musicality, and athletic movement that starts from an intuitive and internal place that then transitions externally and expressively. Combinations will challenge the dancers to become more informed performers and free themselves from self doubt. Nijawwon gives students the encouragement and confidence to trust themselves in the safe space he provides for each artist.

Thu, Jan 16, 2020 to Thu, Mar 05, 2020 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Registration & Price

  • Regular Price: 8-WEEKS
  • $270
  • Starting Jan 1, 2020
  • Summer Price: 4-Weeks*
  • $135
  • Jun 7-Jul 2 & Jul 12- Aug 6, 2020 

Refund Policy

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

YUKA KAWAZU
Ballet
January 24, 2020
Q PITTMAN
Hip-Hop
January 24, 2020
GWEN POTTER
Tap
January 24, 2020
NATALIE MALOTKE
Theater Dance
January 24, 2020
COURTNEY SAULS
Heels
January 24, 2020
SUE SAMUELS
Jazz
January 24, 2020
NIJAWWON MATTHEWS
Contemporary
January 24, 2020

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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