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Nashville Ballet Announces Plans for $5.5 Million Expansion

August 8, 2014



NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 8 -- The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development issued the following news release:

Nashville Ballet has publicly launched its Capital Campaign-ELEVATE to renovate and expand The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet in Sylvan Heights.

The ballet has raised $3.7 million of its $5.5 million goal.

Nashville Ballet purchased the adjoining space, previously occupied by Climb Nashville, in 2012. The new facility will increase from 31,000 square feet to 44,000 square feet and add three new studios for a total of seven dance studios.

This expansion will allow the School of Nashville Ballet to increase its enrollment by approximately 1,200 new students and add new classes for children and adults. Renovations will also include new locker rooms for students, a larger, updated lobby, better traffic flow both inside and outside of the building, renovated and expanded administrative space, multiple conference rooms, and a control room for the facility's black box theater space.

Design and planning is being spearheaded by Nashville-based Earl Swensson Associates, who have led projects for the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and The Noah Liff Opera Center. Construction and renovations will be done by RC Mathews, who have worked for Belmont University, Ryman Auditorium, and renovations of the Downtown Nashville YMCA.

The 2013-2014 performance season included two world premieres - Peter Pan and The Ben Folds Project, Swan Lake and A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as the return of the company's defining contemporary collaborations, Attitude and Emergence.

For more information, visit www.NashvilleBallet.com

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