Join Dance for Kindness on Nov 12, 2017

Now celebrating its sixth year, Dance for Kindness, set for Sunday, November 12th, is an annual worldwide FlashMob kicking off World Kindness Week. Organized by Life Vest Inside, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring, empowering and educating people of all backgrounds to lead a life of kindness, Dance for Kindness is a celebration of the common thread that unites us all — kindness! Watch this video to see what it’s all about and SIGN UP TODAY!

Last years event took place in over 120 cities, spanning across 50 countries with over 15,000 participants all uniting under the banner of kindness to perform a worldwide dance for kindness. Whether you want to sign up as a Group Leader and represent your city in this fun-filled FlashMob, take part in an existing event in your city, or simply pledge to take on an act of kindness, head to www.danceforkindness.com.

The purpose of Dance for Kindness is to look beyond ourselves – beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion and realize that we are all citizens of the world. Sure some may say the world is filled with violence, hatred, hopelessness and war, but together we have the power to unite this world with kindness, hope, trust and love! Join us as we join Life Vest Inside and thousands of others around the world this November and become part of the change we all wish to see in the world! To sign up and/or learn more visit http://www.danceforkindness.com. This is one event you don’t want to miss out on!

Once you sign up you’ll receive a tutorial to learn the dance in the privacy of your own home. The Group Leader in your region will reach out with further details and keep you up to date about rehearsal and other exciting kindness activities. Imagine, you’ll be dancing on the same day with people all over the world to the same song and same dance in celebration of kindness and the power we all have to make a difference! All you need to do is take the first step and sign up at danceforkindness.com!

 

BDC Brings Fosse to Life in Fosse Master Classes

Recently, Broadway Dance Center (BDC) hosted its third installment of Fosse Master Classes with instructors from The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC. Artistic director Nicole Fosse founded the Legacy with a mission to promote, preserve and protect the artistic and intellectual property of Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse. Over the past five years, legacy-sanctioned teachers have been leading master classes throughout New York City, the United States and the globe with the goal to pass on Bob Fosse’s detailed choreography, signature style and essential work ethic to the next generation of dancers.

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Dana Moore teaching BDC students

BDC’s latest Fosse residency — a five-week summer master class series entitled “Fosse on Film” — focused on some of Bob Fosse’s remarkable works shot for the big screen: “Son of a Preacher Man” from Liza with a ‘Z’, “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” from All That Jazz, “Two Lost Souls” from Damn Yankees, and “Steam Heat” and “Once-A-Year Day” from The Pajama Game. Fosse veteran dancers Valarie Pettiford (Fosse Tony nominee, Big Deal, Dancin’), Dana Moore (Fosse, Sweet Charity, Dancin’) and Lloyd Culbreath (Big Deal, Sweet Charity, Dancin’) led this popular series of classes.

“It’s important,” remarks Culbreath, “for younger dancers to study Jerome Robbins, George Faison, Bob Fosse and Michael Kidd.”

“And it’s imperative to pass it on,” adds Moore, “because these styles — especially Fosse’s — have informed every kind of choreography that has come since.”

And unlike your typical jazz or musical theatre classes, the Verdon Fosse instructors impart not only steps and technique but also anecdotes, historical references and imagery that further inform the storytelling and execution of Fosse’s choreography. Additionally, the teachers strive to pass on Fosse and Verdon’s integrity, work ethic and passion through these master classes.

“Bob’s work is very, very specific, focused, structurally intricate and unbelievably musical,” says Culbreath.

“It was so much about detail,” adds Pettiford. “You have to be so clean and so exact. And the only way to get that is through repetition, repetition, repetition.”

“I am a professional dancer in NYC, and though I had done a little bit of Fosse dance in the past, I was excited to work with teachers who were professionally experienced in the style and could provide a personal element,” shares Kaylee Olson, who performed on the Bullets Over Broadway National Tour and Anything Goes National Tour. “The classes taught by Valarie, Lloyd and Dana ended up being incredibly rewarding! These teachers provide knowledge of the style and its mechanics, as well as that personal perspective. In just these five classes, I learned a lot and became more comfortable and capable with the Fosse style of dancing. I enjoyed the classes so much that I ended up attending every single one of them! I can’t wait until the next Fosse Master Class series at BDC.”

“It was absolutely incredible and so humbling to be in the room and learning from the masters of Fosse,” says Andrew Metzgar, who has performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Bullets Over Broadway National Tour and Shrek National Tour. “Being taught the intention behind the movement and then bringing it to life was absolutely surreal. I’ve been watching this choreography on film for years, and now to be in a studio learning from the originals themselves was just mind-blowing. There aren’t many opportunities nowadays to learn true Fosse rep, and I encourage dancers to run to these master classes at BDC. Fosse dance is total experience — mind, body and soul — and after every class, I felt so fulfilled and honored to have learned the true Fosse style.”

Stay tuned for news of more upcoming Fosse Master Classes at Broadway Dance Center. And for more information about The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC, visit www.verdonfosse.com.

By Mary Callahan of Dance Informa.

Luam featured on Essence.com | “15 Black Female Dancers & Choreographers Who Are Killing The Game”

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Luam is a tremendously talented familiar face in the dance world. She has choreographed for dozens of major artists including Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Robin Thicke, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae and Alicia Keys. Some of her most recent work was seen on the BET Awards Prince tribute, Black Girls Rock! 2016, The Today Show and Good Morning America.

Read more at  Art In Motion: 15 Black Female Dancers & Choreographers Who Are Killing The Game | Essence.com

Top Dance Studios in NYC | Backstage.com

New York dancers rejoice! Whether you’re looking for Broadway training, contemporary or ballet, salsa or African, the area’s plethora of dance studios and classes are as diverse as the Big Apple itself.

Broadway-bound dancers are cutting their teeth and pointing their toes at Broadway Dance Center. Located on the Upper West Side [sic] and with over 80 faculty members teaching an array of skills and styles for all ages, it’s a dancer’s haven for talents seasoned and novice alike.

Read more at Top Dance Studios in NYC | Backstage.com

Dancing For A Cure: BDC’s Olivia Hutcherson Shares Her Personal Journey

olivia4Olivia Summer Hutcherson is one of BDC’s very own. She took her first class at 16 after moving to NYC  from Atlanta, GA and instantly fell in love with the music pumping from every floor, the huge variety of classes, and electric energy flowing through every studio wall. At 23, she began BDC’s Work Study Program and was able to work in the studio in exchange for additional training in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, House, Whacking, and even Voice. She later went on to assist BDC’s Children and Teen Program’s Latin Jazz classes as well as assist Shirlene Quigley. Olivia always considered BDC a second home but now recognizes them as a second family.

Just three months ago, Olivia was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on her 26th birthday. It came as a total surprise as she had no family history, was not a smoker, is in great physical condition, and fell way under the age bracket of this being “the norm”. She experienced a few mild symptoms but what really alarmed her and came up as a red flag was discharge of blood from her left nipple. She immediately went to see her doctor and just hours later the journey of a lifetime was launched.

Shortly after her initial visit, which included an ultrasound and biopsy, she was sent to do a mammogram for a more in-depth look. The tissue in most young women is very dense, so it took three separate tries to get the images. Once a clear picture was retrieved, the radiologist told Olivia that 87% of her left side had what was called DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ).

olivia3One of the top doctors in America, Sheldon Feldman, MD who is stationed out of Columbia University Breast Center stepped in to take over. He and his team of colleagues advised an aggressive plan for Olivia. They strongly suggested doing a double-mastectomy to make sure there was no room for error. Following the surgery, Olivia was in agonizing pain. She could not lay down or sit up fully, she was unable to move her arms, was hooked to an IV for days, went through withdrawals from the medicine, and experienced nightly fevers and shivers. A couple of weeks later she returned to the hospital for a follow-up visit to remove the drains and get a pathology report. She was in for even more difficult news.

The doctors found a tumor the size of a penny on the right side while in the operating room that was invasive. They were able to remove it, but it’s discovery meant that Olivia would now face a new and multifaceted treatment strategy. Oncologist Melissa Accordino decided chemotherapy was the best option. She also recommended that Olivia freeze her eggs in order to ensure that she has the option of having children in the future. Finally, a ten year treatment plan was advised to decrease the likelihood of cancer returning.

Olivia has said that the process is mentally challenging, highly emotional, physically invasive, and more layered than anyone could ever imagine. She has remained positive  and is grateful for all of the support she has received from family, friends, strangers, and Broadway Dance Center. She now has a new outlook on people and life. She understands what is truly important, and that is love. The way we treat others is a direct reflection of our own light.

Join us as we support Breast Cancer Research and Olivia this October. Visit our website to see all of our fundraising activities and how you can get involved.

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Michelle Dorrance awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

We’re so excited for Tap faculty member Michelle Dorrance on being announced as one of the 2015 MacArthur Fellows.

The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more.

Michelle Dorrance is a tap dancer and choreographer breathing new life into a uniquely American art form in works that combine the musicality of tap with the choreographic intricacies of contemporary dance. Dorrance uses her deep understanding of the technique and history of tap dancing to deconstruct and reimagine its artistic possibilities.

Read and see more at: MacArthur Foundation