CalArts dancers now have a new studio in which to create work, rehearse and, most importantly, dance. The A203 space, formerly art studios, has been converted to a new dance space, complete with a new sprung marley floor, which enhances performance while absorbing shocks and reducing injuries.
No detail has been left unattended on this construction project: Mirrors line the space's front wall, ballet barres, a sound system and acoustic paneling, and a television for watching and critiquing dance performances.
The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts hosted a dedication ceremony and luncheon yesterday with faculty, staff, students and guests in attendance.
Current dance student Princess Romero writes in This Week at CalArts dance blog:
As a BFA-4 dance student, I am entirely grateful for a new dance studio. For years there has been talk about a new space from the faculty and staff, as well as the students. With our new dance studio, [The Sharon Disney Lund] School of Dance at CalArts now has six incredible spaces to create in. Some will be for classes, auditions, and performances, and two that are used only as rehearsal space and/or for our composition classes. This new studio has allowed the dance school to add a fourth level to our contemporary classes. The extra dance studio is extremely useful because there are always tons of rehearsals going on for all of our individual Dance Concerts....
The first day I took class in the new studio was literally one of the most exciting days for me. A203 is such a huge open space. At the time there were no mirrors, which personally I love because it made the space seem endless.
And don't worry about the Art school cubicles that were displaced during the studio conversion: The School of Art will be opening its 16 new studios in the fall.
Images provided by The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts and CalArts Facilities Department.