Ballet Fantastique’s studios are alive! Again the City Center for Dance and the Annex are filled with tutu-ed ballerinas chattering and running around, clutching onto yoga mats… at least, before they step back onto the dance floor and pick up where they left off when summer break started.
Still a work in progress, the richly-colored City Center for Dance is the indeed the center of all the action–we hold events and classes, as well as conduct business, here all while people on the street walk by and stare in through our huge windows. It opened about a year ago in the former Tiffany’s Gold Cross Drug Store, a historic storefront location at 960 Oak, after we outgrew our old studio down the street (now known as the Annex).
Creative director Donna Marisa Bontrager had this to say about the project: “Together we will restore a piece of the city’s past in a way that contributes to its future. The Ballet Fantastique City Center for Dance will play an important role in the redevelopment of downtown Eugene. It is a participating symbol of the resurgence of the area and the culture that thrives here.”