About the Space
Located at 701 North Tryon Street in Charlotte, NC, the 37,000 square foot facility houses Charlotte Ballet’s administrative and rehearsal spaces and Charlotte Ballet Academy. Located next to the McColl Center for Visual Art, the Center contains six dance studios, three overlooking North Tryon Street, and a 200-seat performance venue.
Since moving to Charlotte from Winston Salem, NC, in 1990, Charlotte Ballet had leased office and rehearsal space. In 2003 Charlotte Ballet initiated a capital fundraising campaign, led by Hugh L. McColl Jr., to build its own facility. The initial phase of the capital campaign raised $4.5 million. An additional $1.8 million endowment was established to sustain Charlotte Ballet during its transition to and operation of a new facility. Charlotte Ballet became a partner in the Campaign for Cultural Facilities in 2005. This initiative, convened by the Arts & Science Council, provides, in part, additional capital funds for Charlotte Ballet’s new facility. In 2008 Charlotte Ballet applied for and received a grant from Knight Foundation for $1.5 million. The parcel of land for the Center for Dance was donated by Bank of America, N.A.
At the Center for Dance groundbreaking in April 2009, McColl announced the Center would be named after Charlotte Ballet’s artistic leaders, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. During the Schematic Design phase of the Center for Dance, the design team began integrating sustainable features at Charlotte Ballet’s directive to achieve LEED certification for the project.