Nashville Ballet Announces Fundraising Campaign
Nashville Ballet announced today the public launch of its Capital Campaign-ELEVATE to build the future of Nashville Ballet. The campaign will allow the organization to renovate and expand The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet in Sylvan Heights.
"After almost 13 years in our current facility, community demand has pushed us to maximum capacity both in the studios and in our administrative offices," Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said. "The only way we can provide the highest caliber of instruction and training to even more students and families is with more space. And it's a wonderful problem to have!"
With the assistance of strong ELEVATE Campaign leadership, and through generous support from our Board of Directors and close friends, Nashville Ballet has already raised $3.7 million towards its $5.5 million goal.
Nashville Ballet purchased the adjoining space, previously occupied by Climb Nashville, in 2012. When Nashville Ballet expands into the additional space, the new facility will increase from 31,000 square feet to 44,000 square feet and add three new studios for a total of seven dance studios. This expansion will allow the School of Nashville Ballet to increase its enrollment by approximately 1,200 new students (almost double current enrollment) and add new classes for children and adults. Renovations will also include new locker rooms for students as well as a larger, updated lobby and better traffic flow both inside and outside of the building.
Design and planning is being spearheaded by Nashville-based Earl Swensson Associates, who have led projects for multiple organizations throughout Nashville including the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and The Noah Liff Opera Center. Construction and renovations will be done by RC Mathews, who have worked on projects for Belmont University and Ryman Auditorium, renovations of the Downtown Nashville YMCA, and many more across Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
"As a choreographer, it's always exciting to have more space," Vasterling said. "But this expansion is really about being able to accommodate more students. There are so many talented local youngsters, but we've had to turn people away. And when we turn them away as children, it decreases the chance we have to train them through the school into the company. That's the dream: Made in Nashville."