Magazine article Dance Magazine

David Taylor Dance Theatre Gets New Digs. (Presstime News)

Magazine article Dance Magazine

David Taylor Dance Theatre Gets New Digs. (Presstime News)

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Dance companies have struggled for years with federal arts-funding cuts and, more recently, from economic downturn. But in Colorado, there's good news for one local ballet company. David Taylor Dance Theatre is literally getting in on the ground floor of a brand-new complex that incorporates city government offices, stores, residences, and the arts. Thanks to a unique agreement with the City of Englewood, the Denver suburb where the new center is located, the company now has room, and funding, to expand. It moves into the complex, called CityCenter Englewood, this month.

"This is the most important event in our company's history," said founder and Artistic Director David Taylor. "This relocation will transform the organization."

DTDT had long outgrown its old space in the nearby Littleton Town Hall Arts Center. Last season, when rent at Town Hall doubled, Taylor knew the company couldn't remain there much longer. Luckily, he began making arrangements for a new home three years ago.

In 1997, the City of Englewood developed a plan for revitalizing a former mega-mall into a community center that would include performance piazzas and space for artists. Taylor learned about the project through a friend and collaborator, Cynthia Madden Leitner, director of the Museum of Outdoor Arts, which moved into the CCE in 2001. "We immediately began negotiations with the Englewood City Council," said Taylor.

In DTDT's particular agreement, the City of Englewood has committed a little over one million dollars to help create 8,600 square feet of office and studio space and to provide start-up funds for outreach and performances. …

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