Magazine article Dance Teacher

A New Home for Broadway Dance Center

Magazine article Dance Teacher

A New Home for Broadway Dance Center

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After a nerve-wracking transitional move, New York City's legendary Broadway Dance Center announces plans for a new facility.

Broadway Dance Center closed the doors of its 57th Street studios in New York City on December 17, 2006, after struggling with the building's management for more than a year. For the nine previous years, nearly 1,000 students-from celebrities to young hopefuls from all over the world-had moved through the school each day. With midtown real estate scarce, many in the dance community feared that an NYC dance icon had met its demise.

Yet two weeks later, the school triumphantly announced that it had secured a long-term lease for a new space on 45th Street in the heart of Manhattan's Theater District, just one block from Broadway. Set to open in May 2007, the new facility will be designed and built entirely from scratch. With nearly as much square footage as the old location, the space will take up an entire floor and include a spacious entryway, separate wings for different dance disciplines and new comfortable lounge areas. The majority of the budget is going toward flooring and studio design.

In the meantime, BDC faces the challenge of keeping its student body and teachers together during a period of transition and displacement. Since its December closure, the school has been holding classes at four different locations in midtown Manhattan, using a temporarily condensed schedule of its diverse programming due to space and time limitations. However, members of BDC's management team are at each site daily to sign students in for classes and to answer questions. …

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