Broken Arrow, OKLA. – After more than a year of construction, the Hardesty Center for Dance Education will open its doors in Broken Arrow this month. Community members, families and potential students are invited to attend a grand opening event on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will include class demonstrations, facility tours, meet and greet with the faculty, refreshments and special performances by Tulsa Ballet’s second company, Tulsa Ballet II.
“Opening this facility has been a dream of Tulsa Ballet for a long time,” said Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini. “Tulsa Ballet has recently been called ‘one of the five most influential American ballet companies’ by the Italian critics. It’s our mission and duty to share the quality, expertise and excellence intrinsic to our organization with a larger segment of our community. Achieving this goal was a dream of ours, one that was impeded by lack of space: our Brookside facility has been near capacity for years. Now with a new space, and a stellar staff to match the architectural attractiveness of the site, we will be able to reach everyone from the future prima ballerina to the little girl or boy who just wants to dance for fun.”
Located off of New Orleans street in Broken Arrow, the Hardesty CDE primarily serves Broken Arrow, Bixby and South Tulsa to complement Tulsa Ballet’s existing Brookside location. The new location is home to four ballet studios with basket-woven sprung floors with Marley covering, ten-foot mirrors and a state of the art sound system. One of the studios will be used for performances and has seating for 160 people. The facility also has administrative office space, dressing rooms for both boys and girls, a lobby spacious enough to accommodate waiting parents and 4,000 square feet of warehouse storage space for sets and costumes.
“Having danced and taught all over the world, I can truly say this is a state-of-the-art facility,” said Hardesty CDE Co-Principal Andre Reyes. “From the level of instruction these students will receive to the amenities, you can’t help but fall in love with dance by being here.”
The Hardesty CDE will offer classes to both children and adults, making it a place for everyone to have the option to further their talents. Enrollment for fall classes has begun and will remain open until they become full. Educational Outreach programs for elementary school students will also be offered through the Hardesty Center.
For more information about fall classes, the grand opening event and the Hardesty Center for Dance Education, please visit www.tulsaballet.org or call (918) 712-5327.
Hardesty Center for Dance Education Grand Opening Fact Sheet
Hardesty Center for Dance Education
Grand Opening Celebration
1901 W New Orleans St., Broken Arrow, OK 74011
Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m. to 3p.m.
Communications & Public Relations Manager
1212 E. 45th Place | Tulsa, OK 74105
Office: 918.749.6030 ex. 249