Ballet Memphis officially open for business in Overton Square

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Ballet Memphis's new Overton Square location is officially open to the public.

The ballet company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

In the company's new building both world's can converge because there are a lot of windows allowing people to watch the dancers at all times.

"The windows aren't just for the world to come see what we do, But it's for all of us who work inside this building to understand that we are part of the world," Ballet Memphis founder Dorothy Gunther Pugh said.

"That was an intentional design of the building to demystify the art form of ballet. It kind of comes with some stereotypes of being an elite form of art or something you are supposed to stand away from," Ballet Memphis Associate Director of Development Amelia Thompson said.

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.

Now the building offers a large enough space for tons of classes, rehearsals, and public performances.

Costumes will also be made on site and stored in the building.

Ballet Memphis previously gave the public a sneak peek of their facility while the building was still under construction.

The ribbon cutting comes just days before their Community Celebration Day on Saturday, Aug. 26. Doors open at noon, and there will be activities for all ages.

For a full schedule of events, visit the Ballet Memphis website.

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