Dance Kaleidoscope Opens New Home
Dance Kaleidoscope (DK) ’s dancers will have the first rehearsal on August 10 in brand new studios at DK’s first permanent home in the company’s nearly 49-year history. The buildout for the studios at Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC) located on Indianapolis’ near east side began last summer.
Even though the dancers will wear face masks and practice social distancing, they are thrilled. “We’ll finally have a space where we can connect with the community and grow as a company,” said DK dancer Emily Dyson.
Substantial funds had already been invested in the new space, so the decision was made to carry the project through to completion. Like other arts organizations, Dance Kaleidoscope (DK) has been impacted by a loss of income from cancelled classes, performances and events due to Covid-19.
“For DK, this represents the culmination of many years of dreams, searches, plans, problem solving and collaboration to achieve this much needed facility that we can truly call home,” said DK Artistic Director David Hochoy. “As the company moves forward, this new space will enable us to grow, thrive, and bring the art of contemporary dance to our constituencies throughout Indianapolis.”
About the Space
Located at 1125 Brookside Avenue, DK’s new home will include two large dance studios with sprung floors, a costume shop/storage space, and a multi-purpose room where DK hopes to partner with the local neighborhood. Housed in the historic Schwitzer manufacturing facility, CCIC is a unique community of artists and businesses. So this is a perfect home for DK.
“This new space offers the company the opportunity to reinvent who and what we are,” said DK Executive Director Jan Virgin. “We plan to embrace and engage with the diverse communities we will be housed in the midst of. This new space gives DK the opportunity to do more, and to be more—DK will have a home that will be welcoming to all.”
What’s on Tap
The company will continue teaching evening/weekend public dance classes for children and adults in the new studios, beginning the week of September 8. Taught by DK’s professional dancers, classes will include ballet, jazz, and hip hop. DK will create health safety measures, and outline them soon along with a class schedule on their website (DanceKal.org).
“DK is proud to have completed our building project that allows us to develop fresh and new programming and productions,” said DK Board President Bobbi K. Samples.
The project was designed by Greg McMullen, architect. McMullen, who is employed with Synthesis Incorporated, was previously the project manager for the entry pavilion, new galleries and parking garage at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA at Newfields). The buildout of DK’s new facility is being done by BuildSmart Construction, with DK Board member Gene Hunt serving as project manager.
Dance Kaleidoscope is Indiana’s longest-dancing professional contemporary dance company, celebrating its 49th season (2020-21). DK is the Resident Dance Company at Indiana Repertory Theatre. Since 1991, DK has enjoyed the leadership of Artistic Director David Hochoy, who brings an international perspective to the company. Originally from Trinidad, West Indies, Hochoy was a soloist dancer and rehearsal director for The Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City. The company of 15 professional dancers train in the rigorous modern dance technique of Martha Graham, as well as classical ballet. Learn more at DanceKal.org.