Brooklyn >Mark Morris Dance Group
“They are very organized and have that nice balance of making it fun for the kids w.”
Dance's bad boy settles down in Fort Greene..
After incarnations as a psychiatric clinic, a bank and a car showroom, this building has undergone a seven-million-dollar overhaul. It's now an Eastern-influenced dance mecca offering classes to the public, and providing a home to the Mark Morris Dance Group. Morris humbly calls the 30,000-square-foot space "that big building with my name on the side." Tellingly, his office belies his less than simple tastes: the room has a Jacuzzi dead center.
Room to Spare
The center offers African dance classes with live drumming for adults, and ballet for the tykes in two column-less studios with sprung wood floors. The crown jewel, the Duffy Performance Space, sits atop the building; this 60-by-60-foot hangar easily converts to a 150-seat theater. Windows are eight feet above the floor, so the studio is lit naturally without the distraction of the cityscape.
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