BDC offers daily class schedules, both in-person and livestream, and On Demand classes taught by some of the world's most renowned teachers and choreographers. Our continued dedication to the international dance community, state-of-the-art studios, exceptional online offerings, and our location in the heart of the New York City Theater District make us the ultimate studio for dancers around the globe.
Created in 1984 Broadway Dance Center was created through the vision of Richard Ellner and legendary instructor Frank Hatchett. BDC became a home for dancers of all levels, offering classes in a variety of styles.
BDC called 1733 Broadway home. This space was no stranger to dance, having housed Hines Hatchett Performing Arts Center, in the early '80s and JoJo’s Dance Factory in the '70s. BDC became one of the first drop-in schools to offer many dance genres.
"I wanted to create what I thought no one had anywhere, which was one roof that would house every type of dance that is of interest to aspiring professionals and for recreational people also...having tap, jazz, aerobics, ballet, theater dance, all that stuff under one roof." ~ Richard Ellner
As BDC moved into its new home at 221 West 57th St., Richard Ellner passed away, leaving his daughter Allison Ellner to take the reins. Frank Hatchett was still teaching 15 Jazz classes a week, and drew groups of dancers from around the world, planting the seed for what BDC would become: a global destination for dance!
Relocating to 322 West 45th St. in the heart of NYC's Theater District, BDC continues to inspire the world to dance. Under the direction of long-time staff Diane King and Reese Snow, the studio saw growth in 2012 with expansion at West 45th St., and the opening of a new BDC Children and Teens School at 37 West 65th St. in 2017.
We mourned the loss of Frank Hatchett after several years of illness. His legacy continues as his protégés Sheila Barker, Debbie Wilson, Michelle Barber, Lane Napper, and Heather Rigg continue in his footsteps at BDC as seasoned educators.
For general inquires, please email Info@bwydance.com or call (212) 582-9304.
Comprising more than 80 professionals, our faculty is fully committed to your development and training. You’re sure to find a favorite teacher in this diverse group! Our teachers work professionally in various aspects of industry and bring their expertise and knowledge into the classroom. View Faculty
All members of our staff work as a team to ensure the studio is run in a highly efficient and well-organized manner. From program administrators to event coordinators, BDC employs only dedicated individuals who love what they do, and whose primary goal is to support our growth and vitality. View Staff Directory