Big news for the BareFoot Collective: the contemporary dance company and its studio is moving into the Merlino Arts Building on the corner of 6th Avenue and S. Fawcett Street to share space with Tacoma City Ballet. The move will begin next week, and a farewell brunch to the old space at 1604 Center St.
It’s a perfect fit. Tacoma City Ballet has a wonderfully large, airy studio with sprung wood floors, enormous windows and 19th-century atmosphere, plus two other rehearsal studios. But they, like most arts groups lately, have been feeling the pinch of the recession. BareFoot, meanwhile, have been producing great events (like the SiteWorks dance festival outside the Museum of Glass in June and regular cutting-edge contemporary dance concerts in the studio) but their Center Street location, near Party World and Tacoma Screw, wasn’t exactly a happening arts precinct (or even easy to find.)
The companies will be sharing space and the upcoming 2009/10 season. While the move is happening, BareFoot will be offering just one class, an all-levels contemporary dance class at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Merlino, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma. Their usual busy teaching schedule will resume in fall.
Meanwhile, fans of the chartreuse-and-violet-painted Center Street studio get the chance to say farewell at a BareFoot Brunch this Sunday. At 1 p.m. Carrie Goodnight will lead a masterclass in modern dance, followed by a potluck brunch.