Happy Birthday, BDC!

Posted on April 23, 2014 by
Courtesy of Broadway Dance Center; Photo by Sandy Shelton

Salim “Slam” Gauwloos’ contemporary class at BDC

In 1984, Richard Ellner–a late-bloomer to the dance world, who took his first dance class at age 52–took over the Hines-Hatchett studio founded by Maurice Hines and the late Frank Hatchett (DT 2013 lifetime achievement awardee), renaming it Broadway Dance Center. Thirty years and two relocations later, BDC is a second home for many New York City dancers, with its ever-growing roster of the industry’s top teachers in everything from jazz (Hatchett’s specialty) to hip hop to contemporary to ballet.

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The late, great Frank Hatchett

BDC wouldn’t think of letting such a milestone go by without a suitable celebration: On May 5, friends and family will gather in the stately Altman Building in the heart of Chelsea. The gala will include pop-up performances, tribute videos and, of course, a chance to get down on the dance floor.


The original BDC studios in midtown

This anniversary gathering comes right on the heels of BDC’s April 1 tribute to VOP jazz king Frank Hatchett at Symphony Space. Hatchett’s students and friends were invited to submit one-minute videos of their favorite memories or sayings of Hatchett, or even short dance tributes, which were shown at the celebration.


Top left photo by Sandy Shelton; all courtesy of BDC