The 77,000-square-foot, $54 million building is expected to be completed in 2004, doubling the space of the company's cramped quarters on West 61st Street.
The new six-story building, with a two-story basement, will feature 12 dance studios, a 295-seat theater, dressing rooms, warm-up areas, an archive and library area, a costume shop and physical therapy facilities.
The building's transparent design, by architects Carolyn Iu and Natan Bibliowicz, will enable passers-by to see into many of the studios and share in the dance experience.
Pictures of Alvin Ailey Theater
The lights of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with Nicole in front. 11 June 2004.
Construction continues on the Joan Weill Center for Dance for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on the northwest corner of Ninth Avenue and West 55th Street; Time Warner Center is getting a crown. 18 April 2003.
The theater that used to be on the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 55th Street. The building was demolished in October of 2002. The 77,000-square-foot, $54 million Joan Weill Center for Dance for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is expected to be completed in 2004.