Sneak peek inside Ballet Memphis' new Midtown facility

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Ballet Memphis is set to move into its brand new, multimillion dollar Midtown location.

For years the old French Quarter Hotel sat empty, creating an eyesore at the corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street.

Ballet Memphis stepped in, revamped the space, and will now bring a blast of art to the area.

The ballet company's grand opening for the building is set to take place August 26, but WMC Action New 5 got an early look inside the 38,000-square-foot facility.

The building is still under construction, but company members said they're confident it will be ready by August 26.

One main focus of the building is that it allows the entire community to see inside the world of dance.

"No matter your dance experience or proximity to Ballet Memphis, this building can really engage you in a lot of different ways," Amelia Thompson said.

The building has five studios dedicated to Pilates, Youth Ballet Memphis, and Memphis Ballet School.

The Fly Studio can transform into a full rehearsal space or seat 200 people for a more intimate performance.

"It has 45-foot ceilings, so it is really visually stunning," Thompson said.

Outside, you can grab a bite to eat at Mama Gaia while you watch dancers rehearsing on the other side of the glass.

These are just a few of the stunning features of this new building that's sure to be a shining staple in the heart of Midtown.

Get a taste of the ballet world yourself during Free Week, which starts August 7. Click here for a full schedule and details.

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