Broadway Dance Arts was founded in 2000 by our artistic director Shawn Blasingame. After many years of performing as a professional dancer and choreographer and teaching for other area studios, she wanted to bring something new to the Williamsburg area. Seeing that most studios catered to the classical areas of dance, Ms. Blasingame wanted to bring a studio that would bring more versatile, theatrical and Broadway styled dance offerings. In addition to this, she wanted a studio that would give more performance opportunities to the students of not only dance, but our singers and actors.
Competition dance was becoming popular and Miss Shawn was a sought after judge for competitions. Since competition dance can benefit dancers in many ways and that Williamsburg did not have a competition dance team, she formed the first competition dance company in Williamsburg.
Nineteen years later, our competition teams
have been awarded top awards on the National
level from the highest ranking competitions in the
country. These competitions include Starpower,
World Class Talent Experience, Starquest, Access
Broadway and more. Our soloists are commonly
found in the top 10 at all competitions that we
Now beginning our 19th season, we are happy to continue to offer personal and specialized service, small class sizes, multiple and versatile performance opportunities and the areas most experienced and successful competition team to our Williamsburg families. We look forward to our next season of classes, shows and competitions. We hope that you will become a part of our history.
In 2007, the decision to downsize BDA from our original 4000 square foot studio to our current facility. Miss Shawn felt that this change to a smaller studio would better serve her students to achieve their dance goals, whether just to have fun in a once a week recreational class, or be a serious dance competitor. This downsize would give more personal attention to the recreational students through smaller class sizes, allow for more time for performances, competition team rehearsals and to work with soloists and private students.