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Interlochen, Michigan

Dance Center @ Interlochen Center for the Arts

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Flansburgh Architects


the Project study

The Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA) is world-renowned for its music and performance education, and now they’ve taken their Dance Center to new heights by expanding the facility. The ICA aims to make the dance center a destination for dance training.

In addition to structural and mechanical upgrades to the existing masonry and wood framed building, this expansion and renovation included enhancements to four studios allowing them to meet contemporary industry standards. The facility also features a central lobby, viewing areas for families and guests, enhanced technology to support teaching, and virtual master classes, renovated faculty offices, expanded fitting and dressing rooms, costume storage, and a fitness room with physical therapy space.

The addition adds three new studio spaces, each with a view to the lake that opens onto outdoor decks and performance spaces that also overlook the lake. The combined building is organized around a new entrance lobby that visually connects the existing studio with the three new studios so that visitors and dancers can see multiple dance rehearsals at one time.

The project was sparked by Interlochen alumna, Trustee, and Campaign Cabinet co-chair, Nancy Hoagland. Those joining Hoagland in donor contributions to the project include the Marvin and Betty Foundation, the Mallory Foundation, Glynn and Charlene Williams, Bill and Linda Nellson, The Chormann Family Foundation, Susan Kettering and the Kettering Family Foundation, Elaine and Nick Mischler, and Phyllis Foster.