CALL TO ACTION – August 22, 2020 – Building a Dance Incubator in Baltimore

Bottom Line Up Front

Please attend and represent dance as interested stakeholders, so your needs as dancers are fully integrated into the design process for the future development of the Lord Baltimore Theater in southwest Baltimore.

Who:  You! (and your dance friends)
What:  A “charette” (a “final” community engagement meeting) with Southwest Partnership ( https://southwestpartnershipbaltimore.org/ )
Where:  In person (place to be determined) and on Zoom.
Why:  To make a place for dance in the Baltimore region.
When:  August 22, 2020.  11am (please be early) to 1pm (theoretically).
How:  Register here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceuG1FqjApa-IRs3rv49A8402m5hHKiJmVNd6JxzuJ_V-Bxg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

Please be prepared to:

a) Demonstrate that the Baltimore regional dance community is a large, active, and engaged group of stakeholders in this specific project.  The Lord Baltimore Theater is (as far as I’m aware) the first large dance-specific construction opportunity since UMBC’s Performing Arts & Humanities Building in 2014, and the only one intentionally and specifically available to every dancer in the region as a production and development resource.

b) Request (and validate) the use of the entire building as a dance-focused incubator.  This means things like sprung floors and safe dance surfaces, so you don’t have to bring those yourself (or do without).  This means that the auxiliary spaces are dance-oriented (dance studios and production suites), not generic (boardrooms and conference rooms).  This doesn’t mean dance-exclusive (it’s wonderful to have a spoken-word artist on the stage, and multi-disciplinary collaborations are awesome), but to create a space DESIGNED FOR DANCE.

c) Guide the design team and Southwest Partnership (SWP) as they finalize their plans to redevelop the building.  Suggest modifications, upgrades, and features that would make your use of the space more cost-effective, convenient, or dance-friendly.

d) Offer your suggestions about using dance and this space-for-dance as a community resource.  Think about how you can engage the people in the immediate neighborhood, how dance can change lives.  Share those visions.

Call to Action

The Lord Baltimore Theater WILL be developed in the coming years.  The next step in that effort is an August 22 “charette” (effectively a community engagement meeting) organized by Southwest Partnership (the building owner).  The engaged presence of a large number of dancers is critical to delivering what YOU need from this project.  I believe the Lord Baltimore Theater will make an excellent place to develop and share Baltimore’s dance. Please help me make that happen:

  •  Talk to me before August 22… talk to me about….
    •  How you would use the space;
    • What features you think are most important;
    • What are your critical price-points;
    • Share your vision of dance as a positive way to engage the community; and
    • Whatever else you think I should know about your vision of this space.
  • Register to participate in the charette ( https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceuG1FqjApa-IRs3rv49A8402m5hHKiJmVNd6JxzuJ_V-Bxg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1 ) as soon as possible.
  • Share this registration link (and this message…) with your dance network.
  • Make sure you’ve completed the Baltimore Regional Dance Survey ( https://inthedancersstudio.com/brds2020 ) this year.
  • Attend the event, either in person or virtually (via Zoom).
  • Advocate for YOUR needs as dancers (and friends of dance) during the event.
  • Read on for more details about the vision, the space, and more…

The Vision

After much effort, I believe this is a solid plan for developing the Lord Baltimore Theater as a regional (and hopefully super-regional) dance incubator, development center, and performance space.  This plan includes:

  • An approximately 175-seat theater with a highly-raked seating configuration;
  • A 30Dx40W foot permanent sprung floor performance area;
  • Large clear wings (10-15 feet);
  • A flyhouse providing full-stage masking and rigging options; and
  • A complete array of sound, lighting, projection, and technical equipment (including, I hope, motion capture).

For those of you familiar with regional theater spaces, this is similar to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Dance Theatre (College Park) seating configuration (see http://theatreprojects.com/files/projects/university-of-maryland-clarice-smith-performing-arts-center-06.jpg ), facing the Towson Stephens Hall Theater stage (see https://balletchesapeake.org/nutcracker for clips from a Stephens Hall Nutcracker and the @danceatccbc Instagram from about 8 months ago for some behind-the-scenes photos).  Production support features include:

  • Dressing rooms (immediately below the stage);
  • A Costume Lab with on-site laundry;
  • Stage-level quick change areas on each side of the stage;
  • Stage-level crossover; and
  • Sound-isolated review suites for reviewers (including live streaming) and/or audio description of performances.

A theater at this capacity (less than 200 seats) fills an immediate need for dance-development space in the region.  This is small enough that dance companies and choreographers can afford to be in the space without the expectation of selling many hundreds to thousands of tickets, but still large enough to have a meaningful audience experience to help develop their work.  When you “graduate” from this space, there are several mid-capacity (500-1000 seat) theater spaces available in the region, and the work developed here doesn’t need significant re-work to translate to the larger-capacity venues.  In addition to the centerpiece performance space, the incubator concept also provides:

  • Two large (1200 sq ft) and two small (600 sq ft) dance studios;
  • A 1000 sq ft reception/gallery/open studio space;
  • Large public restrooms;
  • A coffee shop/cafe;
  • A large dancer lounge/common area;
  • A retail/community engagement space;
  • Several production suites for video recording/broadcast/streaming and sound recording/mastering;
  • Office/desk space for resident companies and dance support businesses.
  • Shower/changing rooms; and
  • Individual lockers.

These features, combined, represent a world-class dance development machine capable of engaging the local neighborhood, the Baltimore region’s broader dance community, and even reaching beyond the region as a place to come to develop dance performance for the stage.

The availability of multiple studios, and a casual, inviting common space bridges gaps between dance companies and schools in the region.  Bringing dancers of all kinds into the same space presents a great opportunity for engagement and innovation.  This may, in time, serve as an anchor institution for a dance complex, with dancer-oriented housing, businesses, and other performance and studio spaces in the immediate neighborhood.

The Space

The building is roughly 125 feet deep and 80 feet wide, and largely windowless.  The south side of the building has three one-story spaces (the original theater lobby and two retail additions) about 30 feet deep.  The existing seating area is about 80 feet by 80 feet with a sloped floor (it will be much smaller after development), and on the north side of the building, the theater stage, with an intact flyhouse about 40 by 80 feet.  I must emphasize that I believe this is the last available, vacant, intact, flyhouse in Baltimore, and this is an amazingly valuable asset when it comes to dance development for the traditional stage.  This unique space affords the ability to quickly set and reset the stage space for different dance productions, which makes it possible to do more with the theater.

The Region

The Lord Baltimore Theater is located on the north side of the 1100 block of West Baltimore Street, which is just over one mile from the stadium complex on the south side of Baltimore.  This is about 40 minutes from UMCP, less than 30 minutes from Towson University and Goucher, less than 15 minutes from UMBC, and about 10 minutes from both Peabody and Coppin.  Roughly 500,000 people live within 5 miles of the location, just over 1.8 million live within 15 miles.  Transportation is convenient and close – the interstate is 2 miles away; there is a bus route immediately in front of the building; Penn Station (rail and bus connection to New York) is 2.5 miles away; and BWI is just over 10 miles.

This is a neighborhood of schools, with James McHenry Elementary, Francis M. Wood High School, Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, Franklin Square Elementary, Steuart Hill Academic Academy, and the new Mother Mary Lange Catholic School opening in Fall 2021, among others.  Please think about what dance can do for these students.

This location also has ready access to downtown hotels, low-cost production supplies (Scrap B’more and Second Chance), and tools (Baltimore Tool Bank, Ace Hardware, Grainger Supply), drycleaning (ZIPS), printing (Work Printing and Graphics), medical supplies (Walgreens) all within one mile.

This is in City Council District 9 (John T. Bullock), State Legislative District 40 (Senator Antonio L. Hayes, Delegate Frank M. Conaway, Jr., Delegate Nick J. Mosby, and Delegate Melissa R. Wells), and Congressional District MD-7 (Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representative Kweisi Mfume).  If you live in these districts, please do let me know.

To the south, Hollins Market.  Dancers need food, and… food is a block away.  The market also has an empty second-floor space roughly 50 x 100 feet, which could be ideal for expanded “satellite” dance space.   A bit further south (past the B&O Railroad Museum), Mobtown Ballroom ( https://mobtownballroom.com/ ) and Suspended Brewing ( https://www.suspendedbrewing.com/ ) for your after-dancing dancing-and-drinking needs.  There’s even a made-in-Baltimore contract clothing manufacturer ( https://www.fashions-unlimited.com ) if that’s something you can use…

To the east, the University of Maryland BioPark, which includes biomedical research, and the Graduate Research Innovation District (GRID), which operates as a health and social impact incubator. Just across Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, the University of Maryland Baltimore, with schools of medicine, social work, and law.  Also, Lithuanian Hall for your massive hundreds-of-people before- and after-parties.

To the north, an $800 million many-block mixed-use development called Center\West is in progress from La Cite ( http://lacitedevelopment.com/projects/park-square-development/ ).

To the west… Grace Medical Center (with a physical therapy department and a new ER), and west Baltimore… all the way to UMBC (a little less than 6 miles to the southwest…).

Background on the Project

In 1845, this location was the site of the Newton Academy.  In 1894, Professor W. T. Auer acquires the Newton Academy building and remodels it into a dance academy, with a nearly 2000-square-foot main hall and 21-foot ceiling.  The W. T. Auer Dancing Academy suffered a fire in March 1895, but reopens and continues until September, when Professor Auer relocates a bit east to the 700 block of West Baltimore.  After this move, the building is used as an armory for several years, until it becomes the home of the National Temperance Hospital and Maryland Medical College in 1898 (this later evolves into Franklin Square Hospital).  In 1912, Pearce & Scheck Enterprises purchase the lot and announce plans for a 1700-seat vaudeville and moving picture theater (it ends up closer to 1000 seats).  The building is renovated in 1921, and 1932, and 1934, and is home to the Baltimore Film Society in the mid-1960s.  When the theater closes in the early 1970s, the space is occupied by St. Matthews Holiness Church, until it is abandoned.

In April 2019 the Southwest Partnership, a non-profit community development organization, purchased the theater for $1 million. Since then, they’ve spent another $275,000 or more stabilizing and and securing the building.  This process has removed what was the projection house.

In late February, the Southwest Partnership organized a “Visioning Session” for the theater.  About 40 people attended, including Councilman John Bullock (and maybe some of you), and after going through their process, four concepts emerged as the most popular: A “Baltimore Walk of Fame,” a “Rotating Local Makerspace, Gallery, Coffee Shop & Restaurant,” a “Dance Hub & Incubator,” and a “Resource Center for Arts, Tech & Culture.”  This was, at some point, narrowed down to three concepts, described as a “Multipurpose Cultural Arts Center with Community Access,” “Fine Arts Dance Theater,” and “Walk of Fame.”

Of these concepts, the Walk of Fame is entirely exterior to the building and therefore entirely compatible with the building use as a dance incubator (also, Baltimore has a few fame-worthy dancers to add to that project – if you’re into Baltimore dance history, please get involved with that).

A local architectural firm (Two Point Studio) has developed renderings of their concept for the space.  This concept includes a cafe, lobby, a gallery, classroom, conference room, 244-seat theater, resident housing, rehearsal studios, offices, a lounge, board room, meeting room, and office area.

I contend that a focused, specific use for the space (dance) is a much stronger proposal than a “multipurpose arts center.” Baltimore has several “multipurpose arts centers” already (e.g., Creative Alliances’ Patterson, the Downtown Cultural Arts Center [less than 2 miles away], Motorhouse, School 33…), but no theater that is well-equipped to develop dance (unless you’re in a university dance program).

One of the most important opportunities to advance that effort will happen this year (in the middle of an economic crisis and pandemic) on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11am (scheduled for about 2 hours).  The Southwest Partnership, owners of the Lord Baltimore Theater, are holding a public-engagement “charette” to solidify their concepts for developing the theater.  I hope all of you will turn out to support the effort, and bring friends, especially if they live or work in Baltimore or (even better) Southwest Baltimore.  That said, stay safe.  The event will be handled online (via Zoom), so please participate in a way that you feel is safe for yourself and those around you.

Some Other Things (A little background and fun)

For news coverage of the project, https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-kelly-column-lord-baltimore-20160805-column.html and https://www.southbmore.com/2019/10/01/southwest-partnership-purchases-lord-baltimore-theatre-looks-to-create-cultural-arts-center/

For a brief description, and a photo of the marquee and sign that the SWP prefers, see the 1100 block section of A Walk Down West Baltimore Street ( https://baltimoretraces.umbc.edu/files/2019/06/WWBS_edits.pdf ).

For an audio introduction to the neighborhood, check out Out of the Blocks, Hollins Market, part 1 ( https://www.wypr.org/post/hollins-market-part-1-i-ve-been-kid ) and part 2 ( https://www.wypr.org/post/hollins-market-part-2-beautiful-side-ugly ).

For some vicarious urban exploration, before it was stabilized and cleaned up a bit, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2myK9E5weU

Southwest Partnership represents seven neighborhoods (Barre Circle (!), Franklin Square, Hollins Roundhouse, Mount Clare, Pigtown, Poppleton, and Union Square).  You can see their Vision Plan here ( https://southwestpartnershipbaltimore.org/about-us/the-plan/ ).

Thanks for your attention, I hope to see you on the 22nd!

A Call For Opinions on Performance Spaces

On the front page of this site, you’ll find a sidebar that lists many of the performance spaces available to dancers and dance companies in the metropolitan Baltimore region.

These are sorted by size, but each of them has a page here on the site, and I’d like to provide some more meaningful information to dancers about these spaces from other dancers that are familiar with (have performed in…) these spaces.

So, as a general call to the Baltimore dance community, if you’d like to share a comment, or tip, or suggestion, or experience with any of the performance spaces, or if you know of one I’ve missed and should be included, please get in touch.

I’m happy to keep your comments anonymous if you prefer, or if you’d like a link to your or your company’s website included, I’m happy to do that as well.

I look forward to hearing from you soon…

Baltimore Regional Dance Survey is Live

This has been a long time coming, and much more challenging than I originally imagined… but, it’s live now and YOU can participate!

The primary research is being done by a small group at Towson University, this is the introduction to the survey…

This study is being conducted on behalf of a group of Marketing students from Towson University. Its purpose is to take an analytical look at dancers working conditions in the Baltimore area and the general environment in which they make work, as well as to determine the space needs of dancers and support efforts to build new dance-specific spaces in the Baltimore area.

The survey, which can be found at the link below, is the primary tool for this study. It will be circulated to approximately 1700 dancers, students, suppliers, and instructors in Baltimore and the surrounding areas. We have identified these artists from numerous sources ranging from performance spaces, producers, funding agencies and service organizations.

We hope that the generous investment of your valuable time will benefit you and your fellow artists in the years to come. We are very grateful for your time and efforts.

Baltimore Regional Dance Survey

I encourage everyone that performs, teaches, or studies dance, AND (this is important) all those that provide services and support for the dancers to participate – and invite friends!

As far as I can tell, dance in Baltimore has never been studied at this depth – and every bit counts.

Please help.

Baltimore City Safe Art Space Task Force

In response to the closure of Bell Foundry (and other issues in the city), Mayor Pugh has established a Safe Art Space Task Force. This organization is holding public meetings on upcoming Tuesdays at 4pm. I encourage dancers of all flavors to get involved in these meetings as often as possible. Information on the task force is here.

Upcoming meetings include:

Tuesday, March 7th – location TBD
Tuesday, March 21st – location TBD
Tuesday, April 4th – location TBD
Tuesday, April 18th – location TBD
Tuesday, May 2nd – location TBD
Tuesday, May 16th – location TBD (Final Meeting)

Baltimore City Board and Commission Appointments

With the new administration in Baltimore City, there is a rare and important opportunity for dancers to engage on a strategic level with the city.

Mayor Pugh is accepting applications to serve on numerous boards and commissions. Information and application is here. The deadline is March 1, 2017, 4:30pm.

If you dance or are interested in the future of dance in Baltimore, I encourage you to consider applying… there are several boards and commissions that could influence the future of dance in Baltimore, but probably most interesting is the Recreation and Parks Advisory Council.

As discussed previously, city recreation facilities are due for an upgrade. The new administration is currently looking for a new Director of Recreation and Parks, and that person will review (and probably change) the previous plans. It is important for dancers to have their voices heard in this process.

If that doesn’t suit you, you could also have a meaningful influence for your art with these boards and commissions:

Baltimore Collegetown Network
Baltimore Development Corporation
Commission on Aging and Retirement Education
Community Relations Commission
Downtown Partnership
East Baltimore Development
Park Heights Renaissance Board
Visit Baltimore
Youth Commission

I hope you’ll take the time to review the site, the reference guide and if you can, get engaged and get the voice of dancers on these boards…

Opportunities to Support Dance In Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Anne Arundel County Public Schools are pleased to provide students with the opportunity for creativity, artistry, and personal development though enrollment in academic dan
ce classes during the school year. As a community of developing young artists, there are several ways you can get involved through the Adopt-A-Dancer Program, Dancewear Donation Program, Jean Boyd Memorial Fund, or by providing your own time and working as a Volunteer! 

danceFor more information on how to support the arts and students in Anne Arundel County please visit their website: http://www.aacps.org/admin/templates/dance.asp?articleid=1272&zoneid=13

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MPT Artworks Dance Coverage

Baltimore has a wonderful media resource just up the street in Owings Mills – MPT. MPT is a well-respected public television station that produces a number of nationally-syndicated programs, but what’s interesting for Baltimore dance is Artworks, which is put together by PBS stations around the country.

Now starting its fifth season, most episodes are available online. Ignoring the few episodes that are awards-oriented, there are 134 you can watch online. Episodes typically feature three or four segments, and that adds up to about 474 segments in the first four seasons. Of those, 25 address dance in some form (5%).

Here you go…
Episode 102: “A young Muslim woman hip hop dancer who performs in traditional dress” (Amy Sackett)
Episode 110: “Discover the charisma of dancer-choreographer Jennifer Nugent
Episode 125: “Exploring the Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre which combines caberet, hip-hop and drag queens”
Episode 126: “Featuring choreographer for big Broadway shows like ‘Annie,'” (Andy Blankenbuehler)
Episode 213: “Dance legend Bill T. Jones
Episode 223: “The aerial magic of Colorado’s ‘Frequent Flyer Productions‘ Dance Company.”
Episode 224: “The complex physics of the dancer’s leap.” (David Ward, Dr. Tim Hewett, Dr. Thomas Humanic)
Episode 227: “The Colorado Ballet’s moving dance about Holocaust suffering and survival,”
Episode 231: “Native American dancer and choreographer Rulan Tangen is passionate about the transformative, ritualistic power of dance,”
Episode 232: “The Artistic Director of the revived Dance Theatre of Harlem” (Virginia Johnson)
Episode 233: “Introducing a Muslim woman hip hop dancer and choreographer,” (Amy Sackett)
Episode 238: “Paula Zahn’s compelling interview with dance legend Bill T. Jones.”
Episode 303: “We meet Colorado’s Wonderbound Dance Company;”
Episode 318: “A sizzling teaser for PBS’s America’s Ballroom Challenge, the series which launched the genre of dancing competitions.”
Episode 321: “On your toes – it’s the rarefied world of a ballerina,” (Samantha Lewis), retired.
Episode 324: “Vegas showgirls – self-defining artists or exploited icons?”
Episode 326: “Legendary Choreographer Mark Morris brings back one of his seminal dances — and it’s spectacular, again.”
Episode 404: “Legends and rising stars in the rarefied world of dance. Mark Morris talks about a splendid revival of one of his seminal dances, and Bill T. Jones talks about his revolutionary choreography – and his humble beginnings as the son of sharecropper. Then Amy Sackett – fearless hip hop Muslim dancer & choreographer. ”
Episode 414: “A stunning flow of movement through exploratory dance with the Cirio Collective in Boston.”
Episode 418: “A story about Nevada Ballet Theatre, keeping classical dance alive in Vegas;”
Episode 422: “Filmmaker Ric Burns captures American Ballet Theater at 1,500 frames per second.”
Episode 431: “Leaping beyond the strict techniques of ballet with the Cirio Collective.”
Episode 432: “Exploring the improvisational dance process of action and reaction with dance company 3rd Law.”

Take out the repeat coverage (Amy Sackett [Ep 102, 233, 404], Bill T. Jones [Ep 213, 238, 404], Mark Morris [Ep 326, 404], Cirio Collective [Ep 414, 431], and dance coverage from Artworks is just 20 segments in four seasons. A lot of it comes from Colorado (3rd law, Colorado Ballet, Frequent Flyer Productions, Wonderbound), so a nod to Colorado’s PBS affiliate.

And I will close with a request – There’s a lot of dance in Baltimore (and we have more oxygen than Colorado), so make it awesome, make it newsworthy, and get in touch with MPT about getting it on Artworks.

Baltimore’s Future Fitness and Wellness Centers

A little while ago, I mentioned the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Department Recreation and Aquatics Facility Analysis and Plan July 2015, which is a 100-page document that describes some interesting stuff for the future of dance in the city of Baltimore. If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, please, dig in. Funding for this plan (more than $135 million) is controversial and political. But this plan is important, just keep in mind that this is a planning document, which means it’s not real until it’s real.

Why is this a big deal for dance in Baltimore? The Rita Church and Morrell Park Community Centers are the first new stand-alone community centers in Baltimore in a decade and follow a dramatic series of closings. The city wants you involved.

Why is this a big deal for In the Dancer’s Studio? Because these facilities will be designed and built over the next 10 to 15 years (give or take, subject to funding availability, etc.), and dance is already part of the equation. The dancers of Baltimore can get involved in the design and allocation of space. I keep asking… What does Baltimore need to make dance work?

Here’s the language used in the plan. Baltimore describes “Fitness and Wellness Centers” as:

…recreation facilities that are located in or near parks, other recreational facilities, and athletic fields. These larger (30,000+ s.f.), full-service centers will provide multiple programs and activities for all ages, extended hours of operation in the mornings and afternoons, and 6 – 7 day operations. The centers will include spaces such as fitness areas, dance and multi-purpose rooms, a gymnasium, and men’s and women’s locker rooms. Several of the new facilities will include indoor pools. The wide variety of programming will be designed for individuals, teens, youth, adults, active older adults, and families and will attract residents citywide.

and “Community Centers” as:

…recreation facilities that located in or near parks, other aquatics facilities, and athletic fields. These smaller centers (less than 30,000 s.f.) will provide a range of programs and activities for all ages with extended hours of operation. The facilities will vary in size and programming depending upon location. Expanded spaces may include a fitness room, dance spaces, multi-purpose rooms, lobby and circulation areas, and men’s/women’s changing rooms/bathrooms. Programming will likely serve more local residents.

These two classes of facilities both specifically include dance. Since we’re about the business of dance here, I’m going to ignore the “Seasonal Athletic Centers,” “Outdoor Aquatic Centers” and “School-Based Recreation Spaces” (even though this will necessarily ignore the nice people at Fluid Movement).

The planned Fitness and Wellness Centers are:

  1. Cahill, $12 million, in design, 32,000 square feet, includes a performing arts space.
  2. Carroll Park, $12 million, funding to be identified, includes a dance space
  3. CC Jackson, $4.22 million, under construction
  4. Cherry Hill, $11.5 million, under construction, includes a dance space, estimated completion Spring 2017
  5. Chick Webb, $12 million, funding to be identified
  6. Clifton Park (Rita R Church), $3.5 million, phase 1 completed 2013. $4.54 million, phase 2 under construction
  7. Druid Hill, $8 million, funding to be identified
  8. Farring-Baybrook, $12 million, funding to be identified
  9. Herring Run, $15 million, funding to be identified, includes a dance space
  10. Lillian Jones, $12.5 million, funding to be identified
  11. North Harford, $12 million, funding to be identified, two phases

The planned Community Centers are:

  1. Edgewood-Lyndhurst, $1 million, funding to be identified
  2. Locust Point, $2.5 million, funding to be identified
  3. Morrell Park, $4.5 million, completed 2014, 18,000 square feet.
  4. Patterson Park (Virginia S. Baker), $6.3 million, funding to be identified

Baltimore Rec Facilities 2016 Plan
If there’s a link to a facility in the list above, it goes directly to the city’s “Destination Active Baltimore” website, where you can engage directly and share your thoughts on what happens. Previously, I mentioned that the Cahill facility was particularly interesting for the Baltimore dance community. This is why:

The existing center located in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park will be expanded or newly built. Presently in the early stages of design, the form of the new facility is yet to be determined. The center will be 32,000 square feet and will include performing arts facilities, an indoor pool, fitness area and provide a new focus on outdoor recreation and environmental programming. Project completion is anticipated for Fall 2017. Cost: $12 million

Cahill brings 32,000 square feet of facility, some of which is already designated for performing arts. Is your particular kind of dance a performing art? Got any special requirements to make a performing arts space work for you? Cahill is also adjacent to Gwynns Falls Park, which suggests a question… Is an outdoor stage interesting?

Cherry Hill’s plan includes a dance studio, scheduled to open in Spring 2017. Anyone out there need a dance studio space in south Baltimore?

Locust Point has two “multipurpose” rooms in its plan – anyone want to make the case to put a sprung floor in one of them?