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New dance center to break ground in Walnut Hills today

Posted at 7:02 AM, Feb 04, 2020

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Ballet and city officials will break ground in Walnut Hills this morning on a new dance center.

The Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance, named after ballet patrons who donated $10 million for the project, will be a 57,000-square-foot building, which will have nine studios for use. This is significantly larger than Cincinnati Ballet's current building, which is 36,000 square feet.

In addition to the studios, there will be a 2,500-square-foot physical therapy and training area and a dedicated dancer's lounge, which dancers can use for studying between classes.

"This is a huge step forward for Cincinnati Ballet," Victoria Morgan, the artistic director for Cincinnati Ballet, wrote in a news release. "This generous gift will take our world-class company to even greater heights."

Mayor John Cranley will speak at the groundbreaking, and councilman Greg Landsman and Hamilton County commissioners Denise Driehaus and Stephanie Dumas will be present as well.

The new dance center will be built on a vacant lot on Gilbert Avenue near the Baldwin Apartments.