NEW BALLET Opens New Studios at Historic Corinthian Ballroom in Downtown San Jose
Company and School LEAPS into the 2020 Leap Year with bold move
New Ballet Studio Company member Sarah Stevens shows the scale of the Corinthian Ballroom. Photo Credit: Daniel Garcia
New Ballet is starting the 20s in a new location – a beautiful facility with five spacious studios in the historic Corinthian Ballroom building at 196 North 3rd Street, a glorious marble columned building that is an icon of downtown San Jose. The organization, led by local ballerina, choreographer and dance educator Dalia Rawson, was founded on February 29, 2016 (a Leap Year) and invites the public to celebrate with them at a Grand Re-Opening in their new location on February 29, (Leap Year) 2020.
New Ballet Director Dalia Rawson in front of the Corinthian Ballroom with some of New Ballet’s students. Photo Credit: Daniel Garcia
The new building features two student lounges, dressing rooms, and five newly constructed dance studios. The largest studio is the Mohr Studio. It is the most spacious studio in the local area, named after local legend Gloria Vauges Mohr who danced with New York City Ballet under George Balanchine and taught locally, inspiring San Jose dancers for decades. The Striebeck and Heineke Studios are named in honor of generous supporters of the ballet whose kindness has helped ensure that professional caliber classical ballet continues to thrive in downtown San Jose.
The Grand Re-Opening will include a ribbon cutting ceremony presided over by District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez at 12 noon, with a brief performance preview in the Mohr Studio to follow, featuring the New Ballet Studio Company and other local dance groups including Calpulli Tonalehqueh (an Aztec Dance Group), Los Lupeños Juvenil, the San Jose State University Dance Department and others. Treats, face painting, photos with costumed characters, and special enrollment discounts will follow, along with the chance to take a look at New Ballet’s beautiful new home.
New Ballet Studio Company members. Photo Credit: Daniel Garcia
“We are thrilled to share this inspiring new space with our dancers, families, and community,” said Rawson. “And even more exciting, after learning that our previous home was to be sold, we strategically raised funds for this move over a period of two years, so we were able to make the move along with all of its required renovations without resorting to emergency fundraising or going into debt. At a time when the arts are struggling to remain in downtown San Jose with the difficult and dramatic rental landscape, it is only appropriate to celebrate the ballet’s success!”
For more information, please visit their website: newballet.com