Nationally recognized Philly ballet company gets a new home

Justin Udo
November 15, 2018 - 4:00 am

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia ballet company just got a new home and it's one they say will benefit more than just their troop.

For the last 13 years BalletX has performed dozens of ballets, and gained national recognition all without a crucial component.

"We've never had a studio, we rented a studio before at the performance garage, but this is our first ever studio," said Christine Cox, artistic and executive director. 

Cox says their new home, an $850,000 renovated space on 19th and Washington streets in South Philadelphia, gives them a chance to spread their wings. The space boasts a 71-foot wide dance floor, which is one of the largest in the city.

"This space was designed to be inviting, to be a place where everyone could come in and dream about movement, and what it can be," she said.

Cox says this facility helps their organization better run their community-based programs like the Dance Exchange Program where they teach Philadelphia school kids to dance.

"So many kids in these schools are falling in love with dance, and now they can come to the center and continue to train with us and have fun," she said.

Cox says she wants the space to be a reflection of the arts in Philadelphia.

"Where we are is very walkable and it will start to bridge our great city, and bring people together, and that is our hope that dancing will just build a stronger community," she said. "We're not going to be your ballet school to make professional ballet dancers, but we will be a place where those of us who want to move can. If you're 2, if you're 92, this is the place to come, pop-in and dance."

BalletX debuts the hard work they've put in at their new home during a performance at The Wilma Theatre on South Broad street on Nov. 28.