DK Leaps into the Future
DK has a safe, welcoming artistic home that's filled with light. Located at Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC) on Indianapolis’ near east side, the company began rehearsals and classes in the space in August, 2020.
Even though the dancers and students currently wear face masks and practice social distancing due to the pandemic, they are thrilled. “We’ll finally have a space where we can connect with the community and grow as a company,” said company member Emily Dyson.
“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 E. Brookside Avenue, our new artistic home includes two large dance studios with sprung floors, a costume shop/storage space, and a multi-purpose room where we hope 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 our studios. Our administrative office will remain on the Butler University campus.
“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.”
We teach evening/weekend public dance classes for children and adults in the new studios. Taught by our professional dancers, classes include ballet, jazz, and hip hop. We have carefluly created health safety plans.
“DK is proud to have our new Artistic Homet 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 currently 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 was done by BuildSmart Construction, with DK Board member Gene Hunt serving as project manager. Several board members and staff were part of a search committee that began several years ago, culminating in this welcoming new space.
With support from Glick Philanthropies