The three-phase construction project, including five ballet studios, a courtyard, glassed-in guest viewing gallery, admin offices and a green roof is set to be completed by Spring 2014. (Image courtesy Erdy McHenry Architecture LLC)
Beloved local cultural icon the Pennsylvania Ballet is getting a beautiful new home on the Avenue of the Arts.
Called the Louise Reed Center for Dance, it’s a state-of-the-art facility located at 321 N. Broad Street.
The dream home has been a vision of Executive Director Michael Scolamiero’s since he took the post nearly 15 years ago. The company has been leasing a small administrative office in Center City and a three-studio artistic space in East Falls. The new center will be a gorgeous and fittingly sophisticated space for one of Philadelphia’s most treasured artistic gems.
Construction on the center is set to begin this November. Phase I, scheduled for completion by Fall 2012, will include the construction of four ballet studios and locker rooms for both the professional dancers and school students, complete with a green roof. The School of Pennsylvania Ballet will open in Fall 2012, with enrollment beginning this spring.
Since 2007, Pennsylvania Ballet has been perhaps the only leading ballet company nationwide without an affiliation to a pre-professional school. The School of the Pennsylvania Ballet opened in 1962, but during the depths of the company’s financial troubles in 1992, it morphed into a stand-alone nonprofit and officially split in ’07. It’s now known as the Rock School of Dance Education.
The new school will allow the company to mold future professional dancers while providing local dance students with high quality training. The opening of a second satellite school in the suburbs is planned about a year after the first school opens next fall.
Phase II of the project will include the building’s fifth and largest studio, equivalent to the size of the Academy of Music stage. This studio will have a glass wall that will allow for a guest viewing gallery. Phase II will also include the construction of the building’s courtyard and main lobby.
The final phase, Phase III, will include the renovation of an existing building to house administrative offices, meeting space and one retail space. The three-phase project is set to be completed by Spring 2014.
The Louise Reed Center for Dance (named after Pennsylvania Ballet Chair Emerita Louise Reed) is the centerpiece of the company’s upcoming 50th anniversary in the 2013-2014 Season.
Tickets to Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2011-2012 Season are on sale now online, by phone at (215) 893-1999, and in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s Louise Reed Center for Dance
321 N. Broad Street — Coming Spring 2014!