Broadway Bound thrives despite disaster

The Broadway Bound Performing Arts Center in Merrimack is thriving despite a devastating winter flood.

On Jan. 11, a sprinkler main broke, pouring thousands of gallons of water throughout the studio. The accident resulted in significant damage and a three-month rebuild of the facility. The resulting studio is truly amazing.

The reconstruction has created a modern performing arts center that compares to no other in the area. With more than 4,000 square feet of computerized, climate-controlled space, the three dance rooms sport raised floating floors imported from Sweden. The advanced technology enables the dancers to grip the floor while giving a beautiful hardwood feel.

With new Barres, lights and sound systems, there is a perfect combination of elements that results in an excellent learning environment.

All rooms are equipped with viewing options to observe students during class. The two spacious lobbies provide ample room for parents who wish to stay during their child’s class.

One of the student locker rooms is even equipped with a cellphone charging station, while the other contains individual space for student belongings.

Coincidentally, this challenging year coincides with the 15-year anniversary of the studio’s opening. In those years, students have performed at Disney World twice, completed the Disney Performing Arts Workshop, and performed at TD Garden before a Boston Celtics game and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

In addition, they have danced at the Rock’n Ribfest, at Manchester Monarchs games and for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Acting students have performed in a multitude of theater venues throughout the area.

Broadway Bound charitable efforts have included support of special needs programs, relief for Haiti, and packages and cards for troops serving in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The national-award-winning competition team has won numerous awards at regional and national dance competitions, including Dancers Inc., of which Broadway Bound is a member of the Hall of Fame. Not only have the dancers received awards for their dancing, but also many awards for costumes, scenery and choreography.

Many students have continued their dance education beyond high school, including Tess Martinez, a musical theater major at Roosevelt University’s famed Chicago College for the Performing Arts in Illinois. More than 900 people auditioned for just 50 spots in her freshman class.

"I am so thankful for my training at Broadway Bound," Martinez said. "I feel I was completely prepared for my college experience. It has been such a unique and amazing journey so far."

Broadway Bound has students majoring or minoring in dance and theater at several major institutions. Driss Dellahi, a dance major at the University of New Hampshire, attended the Joffrey Ballet’s Joffrey West Summer Intensive in Los Angeles recently, and Abby Greenier is an accomplished dance student at the University of Tampa.

The Broadway Bound Performing Arts Center has grown significantly in its 15-year existence. Classes are not only offered in many dance genres for ages 2 through adult, but it is also expanding its music department this fall. In addition to the drum and piano lessons that are already offered, the center will be adding voice, guitar and other instrument lessons.

In addition to dance classes in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, hip-hop and lyrical, the studio offers tumbling and a special needs program that is in its 12th year. In the fall, the studio is adding acting and "Mommy and Me" classes to the schedule.

Broadway Bound is also in a partnership with the Ameri-Kids Baton Twirling Studio to offer award-winning baton lessons. Local classes have featured Miss New Hampshire’s Holly Blanchard as their teacher.

Broadway Bound and Ameri-Kids students will be participating in the Miss America pageant festivities in September. The Ameri-Kids recently returned from the national baton twirling competition at Notre Dame, where they were ranked among the top five teams in the country.

Broadway Bound houses many other opportunities under one roof. Classes are also offered in TRX, Zumba, yoga, ballroom dancing and Jackie Sorensen’s aerobics programs. There is something for everyone.

Broadway Bound is at 501 Daniel Webster Highway. It will hold an open house on Monday, Aug. 31, and Wednesday, Sept. 2.

For more information, call 429-8844 or visit broadwayboundpac.com.