LEVYdance has proudly unveiled its newly-renovated home studio, a space now more open, flexible and functional than ever.
Highlights include a refinished sprung wood floor; beautifully detailed, ADA-compliant bathrooms; a new LED lighting and top-tier sound system; walls fully mapped for 360-degree projection; and movable partitions to maximize use options for the space.
Prior to renovations, the area available for programmatic activity was 1,800 square feet. By removing nonstructural walls and converting storage space into a technical booth, the studio's programming space has increased by more than 50 percent, to 3,000 square feet.
Updated lighting and sound equipment allows the new LEVYstudio to present both its own performances and other artists’ work with production values rivaling professional theater venues.
The addition of custom-built movable partitions — by Oakland’s Oldani Art Studio — significantly improve the flexibility and utility of the space, allowing uses from rehearsals and conferences to photo shoots and private events.
Environmentally conscious upgrades including an LED lighting system, low-VOC floor finish, and the removal of airborne allergens like dust and mold have made the studio a cleaner, healthier place to work and dance.
Thanks to the space’s flexibility and its new look and feel, LEVYstudio has been attracting new types of renters such as the film crew for the Hulu Original Series "Chance," the cast and crew of the "Hamilton" National Tour, Opera Parallèle, and pop icon Lady Gaga.
With the $100,000 overhaul, funded by the Community Arts Stabilization Trust and the Northern California Community Loan Fund, LEVYstudio remains true to its mission as a space for highly accessible art-making and community-building. This is achieved both through below-market studio rentals and its LEVYsalon micro-residency program, which provides over 400 hours of free rehearsal time to 80–100 artists annually.