IDM introduces Broadway Connection to Canadian Dancers
June 8, 2011
Source: Industry Dance Magazine
Creator of INDUSTRY DANCE MAGAZINE interviews Broadway Connection Artistic Director, Jennifer Jancuska
What is Broadway Connection?
Broadway Connection is a unique performing arts education company that connects students worldwide with Master Teachers who are current working Broadway professionals while they travel and perform with National and International tours.
Who launched BC and what gave you the inspiration?
I decided to teach hip hop and yoga classes for students and fellow cast members in Ohio while performing in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. Initially, the classes spurred from my passion to dance. Teaching gave me the opportunity to practice and train in different styles and explore my creative side as a choreographer while still performing 8 shows a week. What followed was the inspiring experience of giving back to the community. I was able to share insider stories about auditioning, performing, training and traveling. It was a win win situation. Everyone involved including students, parents, and myself were inspired and the theatre gained community interest and excitement. A couple months later, I launched Broadway Connection with business partner, Melissa Harres. We now work with performers in every Broadway production and National Tour and connect with universities, studios and schools all across North America.
How does BC work for Canadian studio owners?
Canadian studios, schools, community theaters, universities, and individuals can now bring a Broadway professional to their program to teach all levels and styles of dancing, acting, singing, audition technique and more. Broadway Connection's International Manager, Julie Tomaino, who is based in Vancouver, coordinates every detail. Go to www.BroadwayConnectio.net to sign up for schedule alerts and view individual city schedules. Ms. Tomaino matches your studio with the Master Teacher in the show that does what you're looking for BEST! After selecting a class date and time, Broadway Connection provides printable and on-line advertising as well as local press including teacher pictures and bios. The process is super easy. We stay in touch from beginning to end, making sure students, parents and owners are getting what they want.
What exciting things can we look forward to with BC coming to Canada?
The 2011/12 seasons for Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg are released on www.BroadwayConnection.net. These cities (and areas up to one from each city) have the opportunity to schedule Master Classes & Workshops with cast members of Wicked, The Lion King, Billy Elliot, Beauty and the Beast, West SIde Story, Chicago, 9 to 5, Mary Poppins, The Addam's Family, Memphis and more! Students can learn the challenging and exciting styles of every show, increasing versatility and confidence.
What do you think this means for Canadian dancers?
New York is seeing an influx of Canadian talent. And they are talented! Working with Broadway Connection Master Teachers before making the move helps aspiring artists better prepare for the ever changing audition styles and techniques. BC classes include a Q & A and allows students to ask about training, education, even the best places to live. It's an instant connection to what's happening in New York now!
Jennifer Jancuska, Broadway Connection
Christie Lee Manning, INDUSTRY Dance Magazine
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How to Grow Your Musical Theater Program: Triple Threat Training Tips from Broadway Connection
June 6, 2011
How to Build a Triple Threat Program at your Dance Studio:
A Members-Only Teleseminar With Jennifer Jancuska of
Gerety: I heard about you, Jennifer, and Broadway Connection when I was speaking at a Turn It Up Dance Challenge's convention. I had a chance to meet one of the Broadway Connection teachers who was teaching a leaps and turns class. She shared a lot with the studio owners about Broadway Connection. This is when I reached out to you.
I know you have a lot to share. Quickly tell us about Broadway Connection and we will get right into the good stuff about how we are going to help dance studios grow their business.
Broadway Connection works with performers, choreographers, and master teachers who are performing in Broadway shows and in all of the Broadway national tours. These are current, working performers who are, through Broadway Connection, teaching and choreographing at universities, schools, and studios all across the country.
We offer master classes in dancing, singing, acting, audition techniques and, really, anything which a studio is interested in learning. We connect them with the teacher in that show that
does it the best.
Suzanne: That is great. Let’s speak directly to dance studios owners. They are always trying to get
more students in the programs which are not only profitable but help build other programs.
In your opinion, what exactly is creating the triple threat talent? How do dance studios really hone in on that so they can keep their revenues going and keep students of all ages and levels interested?
Jennifer: As we can see from different TV programs like Glee and High School Musical, everyone loves dancing, singing, and acting. They love everything they see in Glee and all the different talent shows. Students want to be a triple threat.
We bring in talent from Broadway national tours where everyone in a show has to sing, dance, and act. Most of them have been dancing since they were two, but they also have those other skills. It helps introduce students to the idea of, “Wow! I would love to sing
more. I would love to take some acting classes. How do I do that? Where do I do that?”
Bringing BC teachers to studios helps establish triple threat interest. Students are inspired and they see a Broadway as an exciting performance opportunity. And to work professionally as a performer, they need to have triple threat skills.
As we have seen over the last couple of years with Broadway Connection, studios are bringing in BC teachers. They are learning how to start introduce and offer more singing and acting classes in their schedules.
Triple Threat Programs are also producing more performance opportunities for studios and students. Many schools now have
musical theater recital and competition performances where students are singing, acting and dancing. It is all very exciting and reflects what is happening in entertainment around the world and it is a great way to add new programs to studios.
Many schools that are trying to make this happen will look at the season of shows coming through. For example, Boston has ten shows coming through next year. Studios will set up a whole season of BC Master Classes before the year starts. BC creates a schedule of guest artists who teach challenging and exciting classes that build on the one before it.
Knowing that each class builds upon the class before, parents register students for the year long package. At the end of the year, they have something new to present in a recital, competition or performance.
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