Since re-forming as Oklahoma City Ballet in 2008 under the artistic vision and leadership of Robert Mills, the trajectory of growth for the organization has been unstoppable. The size of the professional company and the school has steadily grown, and the Summer Intensive Program more than doubled in size from 2015 to 2016, leading to a need for more space. Oklahoma City Ballet’s new home will increase the organization’s available space from 8,000 square feet and three studios to almost 29,000 square feet with the potential for eight studios. The iconic architecture and natural light will match the beauty and grace of Oklahoma City Ballet’s product.
In our new home, The Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet will have capacity to increase classes and different class offerings to both adults and students in a more comfortable and safe environment. OKC Ballet outreach programs, which serve over 5,000 students annually, can expand and offer on-site classes and performances. There will be opportunities to host small performances and rehearsal viewings for small audiences or school groups.
An increase in students at the Dance Center will create an increase in the earned income of Oklahoma City Ballet, helping the company flourish. At a time when the arts are being drastically cut from schools, Oklahoma students will benefit from the opportunities to learn while visiting Oklahoma City Ballet as we aim to impact even more youths through community outreach. Not only will Oklahoma City Ballet benefit from our new facility, but the entire community will benefit from having more fruitful and enriching cultural experiences for generations to come.
The Susan E. Brackett Dance Center was purchased on February 15, 2017 and has….
- More than three times the square footage as our existing facility
- 147 parking places
- Spacious waiting areas for school parents and visitors
- An outdoor running track and adjacent land
- State-of-the-art lockers rooms
- Award-winning architecture
With the success of Phase TWO of the Comprehensive Campaign, the Susan E. Brackett Center will:
- Include a theater for intimate performances or rehearsal viewing
- Have 8 dance studios allowing for more classes
- House artistic and administrative offices
To make a donation, please contact Whitney Cross Moore at (405) 208-8858.