Sierra Nevada Ballet is thrilled to announce a new expansion to a centrally located, easy access (just off the freeway) new home featuring state-of-the-art and much larger studios, and a collaborative, vibrant arts hub that will redefine the artistic experience for our community.
SNB is partnering with Steinway Piano Gallery and Music School; Sierra School of Performing Arts; Silver State Story Tellers; T&L Media; Dr. Jayson Weir; Dance PT Carri Cameron, and local visual artists to create an arts center featuring large studios, a visual arts lobby showcasing works from community artists, and a performance space (theater) for small presentations. This collaboration brings together ballet, musical theater, filmmaking, writing, visual arts, and music – all under one roof.
Families can now immerse themselves in the artistic experience, with the opportunity for students (age 3 through adult) to explore various art forms in a single, dynamic location. Our community can now “Listen, Learn, Dance, Perform, Laugh, Cry, Create and Gather Together” at 500 E. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89502.
This exciting arts partnership began with Lamis Pritchard, owner and director of the Steinway Gallery in Reno, who has had the arts collaboration idea for many years. I met Ms. Pritchard through SNB Board member and ballet class piano accompanist Dr. Jason Weir. It took us only two meetings to realize that we had a similar vision and that our organizations would be a great fit to partner together. Lamis started Steinway Piano Gallery in 2006 with six music teachers and now has a staff of nineteen teachers with numerous recitals and concerts throughout the year. She told me, “It has been my dream to partner with fine arts organizations in our community to produce a performing arts center in Reno. My dream is finally becoming a reality.”
I met Janet Lazerus in 2005 when she began Sierra School of Performing Arts with a summer workshop at In Motion Dance School in Reno and asked me to teach a mime class at the workshop. Sierra School of Performing Arts has expanded since then and presents two large productions a year at different indoor venues and an outdoor series at Bartley Ranch in the Summer. Janet is equally enthusiastic about the arts collaboration: “It is exciting that we will all be together in one place. I cannot think of a better partnership.”
Lyric Burt and Taylor Wilson (who have worked with SNB through T &L Media for several years, in charge of marketing) recently started the nonprofit film making organization Silver State Story Tellers and are looking forward to moving to the new, inspiring location. Lyric expressed it very enthusiastically and beautifully: “Silver State Storytellers is thrilled to join forces with Sierra Nevada Ballet, Sierra School of Performing Arts, and Steinway Piano Gallery in crafting an arts and culture hub dedicated to enriching northern Nevada. Together, we aim to amplify the voices of Nevada artists, telling stories that resonate through the transformative power of dance, theater, music, film, photography, visual arts and literature. This collaboration symbolizes our collective commitment to fostering creativity, community, and the vibrant cultural tapestry of our region.”
Once our lobby is completed, SNB will invite selected local visual artists to exhibit and sell their work at different times throughout the year and be part of the collaboration at our new art hub.
Presently there is a small concert hall in the Steinway Piano Gallery but the new performing arts center plan includes expanding to a larger theater space with a stage in order to be able to include small dance, theater, music, and film presentations throughout the year.
We are bursting with excitement to share this incredible arts journey with all of you in our community and hope that you will drop by for a visit when we open in 2024.
For more information about Sierra Nevada Ballet, Sierra Nevada Ballet Academy or our new collaborative arts hub, visit www.sierranevadaballet.org or call SNB at 775-360-8663.
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