Performance Garage Completes Phase One Construction of its Capital Project

Megan Sauve | Performance Garage
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With Phase One renovations of the Capital Project complete, the Performance Garage has become an even greater resource for Philadelphia’s dance community.

The Performance Garage is pleased to announce that it has completed major renovations to its facility.  Planning began in November of 2015 with the announcement of receiving the City of Philadelphia’s Cultural Corridors Fund grant, and construction began on June 20, 2016.  The first dance production was held in the new Studio/Theater on Friday, November 17, 2016 by SHARP Dance Company.

We invite the public to please join us for the Renovation Celebration open house event on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 6-10pm.  Staff members will be giving tours of the building, and free refreshments will be provided.  There will be music and a “sock hop” dance party to complete the celebration of the transformation of our space.

Phase One of the Capital Project included updates and repairs to the dance studios, professional theater space, dressing room, lobby area, and administrative offices.  The Performance Garage installed a much-needed HVAC system, which will help increase programming during summer months and through the Fringe Festival.  Other renovations include two new sprung Marley dance floors, repositioning of the entryway, creation of a lobby area with moveable wall, an enclosed tech booth, new carpeting, upgraded work lights, grid system for production lights, new stage backdrop, and additional repairs and painting throughout.

The Performance Garage is grateful to the City of Philadelphia for the $500,000 grant awarded through the Cultural Corridors Fund, as well as all the donors who contributed to the Capital Campaign to make this project possible.  The Construction Team who led Phase One through a successful completion include Project Managers William Connor, Jennifer Stark, and Kimberly Swider of Avison Young, architect Jeb Brookman of Manifest Architecture and Design, Sal Campagna of Direct Air, and Alberta Tracy Burton of Tangent Construction Management Corp.

The Performance Garage’s Capital Project aligns with the City’s goal to develop the Avenue of the Arts North, and will help increase the Performance Garage’s capacity to expand its supportive services and programs.  Performance Garage Executive Director Jeanne Ruddy explains:

“The Performance Garage is here for anyone that wants to study, train, and enjoy dance.  All in all, I think the experience for an audience member, dancer, student, or teacher coming into our new space is going to be enhanced tremendously.  It’s really going to feel like dancers have a home in Philadelphia in a way they might not have felt before.”

Through its subsidized rental program, the Performance Garage provides affordable rates for dance artists to host classes, workshops, auditions, and productions.  The Performance Garage Youth Outreach Program supports free, bi-weekly dance classes for neighborhood youth.  During the past year alone, the Performance Garage supported 73 performances with 897 participating artists and over 6,000 audience members.

For more information about the Performance Garage, the Capital Project, or how you can help support its programs, please visit


About the Performance Garage
Founded in 2002 by Jeanne Ruddy and Victor Keen, the Performance Garage is a non-profit dance service organization located in the Spring Garden area of Philadelphia.

The Performance Garage is committed to supporting the professional dance and performing arts communities by providing access to its rehearsal space and theater as an incubator for classes, rehearsals, workshops and productions.

It is the mission of the Performance Garage to establish an affordable base for producers, presenters, choreographers, dancers and dance companies based in and visiting Philadelphia, and to create an environment that facilitates the building of a broader audience for dance and a recognized venue for all forms of dance and movement theater.

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