The new Samuel H. Scripps Studios opened with great fanfare last Monday, July 2nd. This was an exciting day for ADF, marking the first time in its 79-year history that the festival has secured year-round, permanent studio space. Prominent community leaders took part in the festivities, including Durham Mayor pro tempore Cora Cole-McFadden, SHS Foundation President and ADF Board Member Richard Feldman, building developer Arthur Rogers of Eno Ventures, LLC, building architect Sasha Berghausen of BLOK Architecture, and ADF’s design consultant Oswald Nagler, as well as ADF Director Jodee Nimerichter and ADF Director Emeritus Charles L. Reinhart. ADF students, staff and faculty, as well as dancers from Pilobolus and Monica Bill Barnes were spotted in the crowd, enjoying the sunshine and the unfolding celebration.
Short speeches, offering gratitude to the project partners who made it possible, preceded the event everyone was waiting for: the cutting of the red ribbon and the official opening of the studio! Once the ribbon was cut, dancers streamed from all corners of the building to mark the occasion with a celebratory performance created specifically for the event by renowned choreographer Mark Dendy. The community was then invited to stroll through the building and take a look at the new space, all whilst dancers continued their performance inside. It was a landmark occasion and incredible to see such a variety of community members participating in the events of the day.
The Samuel H. Scripps Studios welcomes all members of the community to partake in its class offerings, which begin September 10th in the beautifully designed studios. Modern Technique, Improv, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba® are just a few of the many offerings! Please click here for class descriptions, schedule and enrollment information.