Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance

701 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

North Carolina Dance Theatre began construction on the Patricia McBride Center for Dance in 2009. Since moving to Charlotte from Winston Salem, N.C., in 1990, NC Dance Theatre has leased office and rehearsal space.

In 2003 NC Dance Theatre initiated a capital fundraising campaign, led by Hugh L. McColl Jr., to build its own facility. The initial phase of the capital campaign raised $4.5 million. An additional $1.8 million endowment was established to sustain NC Dance Theatre during its transition to and operation of a new facility. Dance Theatre became a partner in the Campaign for Cultural Facilities in 2005. This initiative, convened by the Arts & Science Council, provides, in part, additional capital funds for NC Dance Theatre’s new facility. In 2008 NC Dance Theatre applied for and received a grant from Knight Foundation for $1.5 million. The parcel of land for the Center for Dance was donated by Bank of America, N.A.

At the Center for Dance groundbreaking in April 2009, McColl announced the Center would be named after Dance Theatre’s artistic leaders, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. The 37,000 square foot facility houses Dance Theatre’s administrative and rehearsal spaces, and NC Dance Theatre School of Dance. Located at 701 North Tryon Street, next to the McColl Center for Visual Art, the Center contains six dance studios, three overlooking North Tryon Street, and a 200-seat performance venue. The Company’s administrative operations moved to the Center for Dance on June 1, 2010, and summer classes at the School of Dance begin on June 28.

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North Carolina Dance Theatre Green Building Education

During the Schematic Design phase of the Center for Dance, the design team began integrating sustainable features at NC Dance Theatre’s directive to achieve LEED certification for the project. A LEED tracking tool was utilized that listed the LEED credits, responsible party for each credit, whether the credit was achievable for the project, added costs for any credit, action taken and comments. The achievable status of the credits was concretized as the project moved and construction started.

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Quick Facts

  • 701 North Tryon Street, in Uptown Charlotte (next to the McColl Center for Visual Art)
  • $11.5 million
  • Initial capital campaign raised $4.5 million from 2003 to 2005.
  • John S. and James L.Knight Foundation granted $1.5 million in 2008.
  • US Airways Community Foundation granted $100,000 in 2009.
  • Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Campaign for Cultural Facilities will contribute $2.5 million.
  • An Endowment of $1.8 million was established to sustain NC Dance Theatre during its transition to and operation of a new facility.
  • The parcel of land on North Tryon Street was donated by Bank of America, N.A.
  • Two-story structure facing North Tryon Street
  • Six dance studios, with three overlooking North Tryon Street
  • Administrative offices and meeting spaces
  • Fully-equipped wardrobe and production workspace
  • Student, professional Company dancer and faculty locker rooms, changing spaces and showers
  • Performance venue with a seating capacity of 200

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