By Mary Hierholzer
On Wednesday, Sept. 6th, the Boston Ballet School inaugurates a new age of dance in Newton with a full day of events to mark the grand opening of the newly constructed studio in the Newton Nexus complex. All events will be free and open to the public.
From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the School will host a celebration at the new seven-studio complex on 153 Needham Street, with highlights including lectures/demonstrations by Boston Ballet II, free classes, bun-making stations, faculty meet and greets, dancer autographs, costumes on display, free giveaways and a grand prize raffle. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 9:15 a.m.
“Boston Ballet School has been serving the Newton community for more than 30 years,” Executive Director of Boston Ballet Meredith (Max) Hodges said in a press release. “With this relocation and expansion, we will be able to further invest in the arts education of our surrounding communities by offering more programming and improved facilities for new and existing students of all ages and abilities.”
With architecture by the “world-class” architecture firm Gensler, the 26,550-square-foot space improves upon Boston Ballet School’s previous location, offering more space, parking, accessibility and amenities to accommodate the increasing demand for classes in the Western suburbs. The Campaign for Newton was a two-year initiative, raising $3 million to create “a forward-thinking, inclusive venue that advances the mission of the organization” according to a press release issued before the School broke ground in December.
“We are pleased to open a forward-thinking studio that reflects the high-quality dance education offered by Boston Ballet School,” Director of Boston Ballet School Margaret Tracey said in the press release. “A warm, welcoming space is fundamental to the development of a young dancer’s talent, creativity, and focus. I am proud that this new facility reflects these values and fully supports our students.”
Boston Ballet II lectures/demonstrations will take place at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information and a full schedule, visit the event webpage.