If Floors Could Talk!
New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra are the twin strands of SPAC's DNA, integral to the venue's inception since 1966. In fact, while the stage was in construction, City Ballet cofounder and choreographer George Balanchine spent months wrangling with the architects over the design of the floor so that it would have just the right combination of spring and solidity. He finally got his way with a basket-weave structure of yellow pine. Our current floor is well past its useful life and is in disrepair.
What is a ballet floor? How is it different from the regular stage floor?
A ballet dance floor is sometimes called a ‘sprung floor.’ A sprung floor is meant to reduce impact and is easier on dancers’ joints. Dance is an athletic art form and the floor reduces the risk of long-term injury and also the noise produced by their movements. This is a crucial and necessary piece of equipment needed to present ballet at SPAC.
In anticipation for New York City Ballet’s return in 2020, with a full slate of ballets by Balanchine, Robbins, Cunningham, and a full-length Swan Lake, we ordered a brand new, state-of-the-art floor. By the time the COVID-19 pandemic struck New York, canceling our season, the custom floor was already being built. Although we are devastated that we will not be able to utilize the beautiful new floor this season, we cannot wait for dancers to grace it for decades to come.
How you can help:
COVID-19 has presented a host of unforeseen challenges for the entire nonprofit sector and sadly SPAC has not been spared. Funding opportunities that we would have used for this necessary upgrade have evaporated. There is no way to cancel the floor order as it was custom built for our unique stage. We must charge ahead despite the challenging times we face.
Our hope is that the entire community will come together to support this important upgrade to our facility. For many of our supporters, the NYCB residency is the highlight of their summer. This year, in lieu of gathering on the lawn under the stars for a transformative dance performance, please consider making a gift to support dance at SPAC for years to come.
Please consider making a gift today. Any amount, $5, $50, or $500, is greatly appreciated and every little bit helps.
Your support will ensure the future of dance at SPAC and together we’ll celebrate the new floor in Summer 2021!