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

Summer* 2020 ABW ONLINE: Jun 7-Jul 2
Summer* 2020: Jul 12- Aug 6
Fall 2020: Sep 13-Nov 5

Registration is now OPEN for ABW Online!

Learn a new style during our ABW Online Summer 2020 session! 4-week sessions offered once a week online in various dance styles. ABW Online offers training via Zoom with BDC faculty, allowing students to learn, connect, and dance from home.

June 7-Jul 2. All class time are in Eastern Time (New York).

For additional information or questions, please email ABWorkshops@bwydance.com or call 212-582-9304 x 19.

Dates & Faculty

Ray Hesselink
Sundays 1:30-3pm EDT

Sun, Jun 07, 2020 to Sun, Jun 28, 2020 / 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Michaela McGowan
Sundays 1:30-3pm EDT

Sun, Jun 07, 2020 to Sun, Jun 28, 2020 / 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Jessica Epting
Sundays 3:30-5pm EDT

Sun, Jun 07, 2020 to Sun, Jun 28, 2020 / 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Carlos Neto
Sundays 3:30-5pm EDT

Sun, Jun 07, 2020 to Sun, Jun 28, 2020 / 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Hector Lopez
Sundays 5:30-7pm EDT

Sun, Jun 07, 2020 to Sun, Jun 28, 2020 / 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Shannon Atkins
Tuesdays 6-7:30pm EDT

Tue, Jun 09, 2020 to Tue, Jun 30, 2020 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Lizz Picini
Thursdays 6-7:30pm EDT

Thu, Jun 11, 2020 to Thu, Jul 02, 2020 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Registration & Price

  • Online Summer Price
  • $80
  • Jun 7-Jul 2, 2020 
  • Summer Price
  • $135
  • Jul 12- Aug 6, 2020 

Refund Policy

NO refunds will be given after June 13, 2020.

  • 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
  • Refunds processed prior to dates listed below are subject to a $25 admin fee


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!

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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