The mission of Broadway Dance Lab (BDL) is to create an artistically safe, highly sophisticated environment for choreographers of all backgrounds to practice their craft, test their ideas, and incubate new dance driven ideas away from the pressures and influences normally associated with commissions and/or production.
Broadway Dance Lab (BDL) is the only arts service organization whose sole mission is to support theater choreographers of all backgrounds. At the center of our work is the Lab Cycle in which we grant dance makers 20 hours of free exploration time in large pole-free space with a company of 12 professional dancers who are secured with contracts and competitive salaries. At BDL, no idea is off-limits and the grant comes with “no strings attached”.
Broadway in particular has a long history of being influenced by multiple forms of dance and a variety of choreographic styles. It is BDL’s philosophy that by “reaching across the aisle” we will encourage the growth and expansion of dance for the stage. Broadway Dance Lab invites and encourages choreographers of all backgrounds to come explore their voices and test their dance-driven ideas. We strive to nurture multiple choreographic voices and the future of dance on Broadway and beyond. Please visit our ARTISTS page to see the full roster of dance makers who have utilized the services of the lab. To see their testimonials, please visit our VIDEO page.
A new company of 12 dancers is assembled for each Lab Cycle – curated by Artistic Director, Josh Prince. We utilize a casting director (Jason Styres, CSA) and also hold open calls to search for talent.
BDL focuses solely on movement generation and the creation of dance. Many gifted dancers are discouraged from auditioning for Broadway shows due to the high vocal demands but are welcomed with open arms at Broadway Dance Lab.
Although the dancers in the Lab do not have to sing, we do believe well-rounded performers are a staple in Musical Theater. Broadway Dance lab simply focusses on the dance elements, allowing choreographers to channel their creative energy into the movement. Much like a composer might go to work at a piano (without his or her singers) and script-writer may go to work at a computer (without his or her actors), we allow space for the choreographer to go to work on the dance. Other elements may certainly follow as needed.
Our goal is to eventually have a home of our own. Until we find that perfect spot we rent large, pole-free spaces from independently owned facilities throughout New York City. Current studios include: NY City Center, Martha Graham Studios, Paul Taylor Studios, National Dance Institute, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Mark Morris Dance Studios, and more.