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Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center to Open July 30 in B.A.

TULSA BALLET: Tulsa Ballet General Manager Stacey Jenkins, left, provides a tour of Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center for Dance Education, 1901 W. New Orleans St. in Broken Arrow, for Natalie Cagle, of Resolute PR, and Ashley Schmidt, right, of Greater Tulsa Reporter.

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Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center for Dance Education, 1901 W. New Orleans St. in Broken Arrow, will open to the public on July 30.

The 21,000-square-foot facility will be an extension of Tulsa Ballet’s dance school, currently operating solely out of its Brookside location. The building will house four studios, each with a professional basket-woven sprung floor with Marley covering, ten-foot mirrors and a state-of-the-art sound system. The site will also include The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Performance Studio, which will serve as a performance venue for ballet students and educational outreach programs, as well as a functioning dance studio. Also in the facility will be administrative office space, boys and girls dressing areas, and a lobby. Tulsa Ballet II, the organization’s pre-professional ensemble and performing arm of the Center for Dance Education, will also offer performances in the Zarrow Studio.

The Hardesty Center for Dance Education is possible as the result of a gift of 13.72 acres from the Hardesty Family Foundation and its founders, Roger and Donna Hardesty. The gift, valued at $4.185 million, is one of the largest gifts ever awarded by the foundation. The facility has been designed by Selser Schaefer Architects, and the structural and civil engineering has been provided by Kinslow, Keith and Todd.

Updated 05-24-2016

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