Boston Ballet School To Break Ground For New Location In Newton, 12/8

Boston Ballet will break ground on Boston Ballet School's Newton Studio at 153 Needham Street, Newton, Massachusetts, on Thursday, December 8 at 9 am. The ground-breaking ceremony will be accompanied by a site tour and brief reception.

The expanded studio is relocating from its 863 Washington Street location to a 26,550-square-foot space within the brand-new Newton Nexus complex, which is being transformed into a vibrant retail destination by local development firm Crosspoint Associates. The relocaTed Newton Studio is set to open in summer 2017, with its current location at 863 Washington Street remaining fully operational for the 2016-2017 school year.

Members of the Boston Ballet community and Greg Reibman, President of Newton-Needham Regional Chamber, will be in attendance. Brief remarks will be made by Campaign for Newton and Boston Ballet leadership.

World-class architecture firm Gensler is leading the design of Boston Ballet School's new Newton Studio-a forward-thinking, inclusive venue that advances the mission of the organization and aims to better serve the Newton community with more space, parking, accessibility, and amenities. The new location will allow for expanded programming with a total of seven studios-two more than the current space-responding to increased demand in the Western suburbs.

A fundraising campaign will make the move fully possible. To date, the "Campaign for Newton"-led by Campaign Chair and lead donors Pixley and Kenneth Schiciano-has raised $2.0 million toward the $2.5-3.0 million campaign goal.

For more information about Boston Ballet School and the Campaign for Newton, visit

About Boston Ballet

Since 1963, Boston Ballet's internationally acclaimed performances of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballets, combined with a dedication to world class dance education and community initiative programs, have made the institution a leader in its field, with a 53-year history of promoting excellence and access to dance.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Meredith Max Hodges, the Company maintains a diverse repertoire, ranging from full-length ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers. Boston Ballet's Second Company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.

Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to providing exceptional dance education and ballet training to students across three studios in Boston, Newton, and the North Shore. Led by Director Margaret Tracey, the School reaches more than 5,000 students (toddler to adult) each year through its four core programs: Children's Program, Classical Ballet Program, Adult Dance Program, and Pre-Professional Program.

Boston Ballet's Department of Education and Community Initiatives (ECI) provides programming, events, and activities that connect the community to dance. ECI reaches more than 4,000 individuals in Boston, North Shore, and the surrounding communities each year through Citydance, ECI on Location, Adaptive Dance, and other community programs.

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