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Overton Square Dances Into Its ‘Heart Of The Arts’ Vision

It is hard to think of a better fulfillment of the “Heart of the Arts” vision for Overton Square than the addition of Ballet Memphis’ new headquarters on the site of the decrepit French Quarter Inn at 2144 Madison Avenue.

No other use at that location promises to increase the vibrancy of the burgeoning neighborhood as much.  Its 30,000 square foot headquarters including five studios filled with dancers facing Madison Avenue and with an architectural presence at a key corner speaks unmistakably to the area’s performing arts persona.

But as important as the new building is to Overton Square, it’s equally important to Ballet Memphis.  When we talk here about our most special assets, the list always includes FedEx, AutoZone, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Memphis Grizzlies, but only rarely, Ballet Memphis is on the list.  But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve to be.

Simply put, the ballet company is a Memphis gem, and its founder and unrelenting creative force, Dorothy Gunther Pugh, is the kind of talent that much larger cities would kill for.  Beginning a company with only two dancers in a region known for its soft support for the cultural arts, she set an unmatched level of artistic excellence with a company that today employs 28 dancers.

Read more at Smart City Memphis

Posted by Linden Wilson at 12:30 PM