The implementation of the Philadelphia Center for the Dance expansion project at North Broad Street is set to begin. The developer, Philadelphia Ballet, has reportedly been trying to raise the funding needed to enlarge and enhance the existing facilities of the 5-story building. The pandemic caused a few setbacks, but eventually, they raised up to 60% of the funding from private donors. Philadelphia Ballet expects to break ground on the project by September end.
The Philadelphia Center for the Dance expansion project is intended to increase the building’s square-footage from 15,000 to 58,000. This will double the available spaces and provide more room for additional programming, rehearsals, and performance activities. Philadelphia-based Varenhorst Architects is handling the designs which encompass the theater, community spaces, and a top-story glass-walled studio. Construction work is expected to be completed by 2024.
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Design plans for the Center for the Dance expansion project
The Philadelphia Center for the Dance expansion project will involve upgrades to the existing rehearsal studios, including the addition of three new studios. There are also plans for performance spaces that will also serve as multi-purpose venues. One such facility is the large black box venue intended for performances and rehearsals. This new facility is expected to provide a more immersive experience for choreography among dancers. In addition, a large video billboard will also be installed outside the building.
According to Shelly Power, Philadelphia Ballet’s executive director, the screen would provide an avenue to advertise current showings. On top of that, provisions will be made for administrative offices, gym facilities for dancers, and a cyber school classroom. The Center for Dance expansion project will also involve building new offices for artistic and administrative staff.
In addition, several dedicated studio spaces will be made available for the members of the Philadelphia Ballet Orchestra. Furthermore, the project also includes the addition of a large, dynamic community gathering space, within the building’s entrance. This venue will be accessible for community events, educational programming, receptions, and other similar events or programs. What’s more, a glass-walled studio will be positioned on the top floor, giving passersby a glimpse of the artistic process.