The Joan Weill Center for Dance
The Ailey Studios, the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world, officially opened in March 2005.
"Our breathtaking new building, designed by Iu + Bibliowicz Architects, is a glorious home for the Company, Ailey II, The Ailey School and all of our diverse educational programs," stated Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison. "I am so grateful to everyone who helped realize this long-time dream, particularly Joan and Sandy Weill for their extraordinary commitment to Ailey."
"We have arrived at this moment in Ailey's history thanks to the artistry and vision of Judith Jamison and this dance center is a testament to her exceptional leadership," acknowledged Joan Weill. "We are deeply grateful to Mayor Bloomberg and to the City Council for their outstanding support and for recognizing the importance of the Ailey organization to the cultural fabric of New York City."
Fittingly, the eight floor, 77,000 square foot facility is on the site of the former WNET TV studios, where the Company's first television appearance occurred over four decades ago. Located in Manhattan's Special Clinton District at 9th Avenue and 55th Street, The Joan Weill Center for Dance includes 12 dance studios, a 5,000 square foot performance space with flexible seating for 255, library, costume shop, physical therapy facilities, lounges and administrative offices.
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