A bright red ribbon was pulled taut between two poles, dwarfed by the immense glass windows of the massive structure at 721 Broad St., which it stood in front of until American Dance Festival board member and Samuel H. Scripps Foundation president Richard Feldman cut it in half.
Onlookers across the street in front of Duke’s East Campus gave a roar of applause as Richard lifted the oversize scissors in the air, officially dedicating ADF’s first year-round studio space – the Samuel H. Scripps Studios.
“We’re a moving festival,” said ADF Director Jodee Nimerichter. “We’re always moving. Today, we’re moving into 721 Broad St.”
And that they did. As soon as the official ribbon cutting took place, Jodee, Richard and others instrumental in bringing the studios into existence moved aside for a performance by ADF students, choreographed by Mark Dendy. The outdoor performance continued inside the building and throughout the studios, which visitors were invited to walk through and see first-hand how they will be used.
The second floor of the building is entirely dedicated to ADF studio space and facilities, and the first floor will house other businesses, like a bakery, shoe store, hair salon and art gallery.
Check out our slideshow of ADF staff, dancers and community members who attended the dedication.