A Space for Dance at Vassar College

November 20, 2006

Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY celebrated the official opening of the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater on October 27, 2006.

The new 244-seat dance theatre will provide Vassar College with its first space dedicated solely to dance performances. Part of a larger renovation, the new dance theatre was built within the old Kenyon Swimming Hall. Gluckman Mayner Architects of New York retained a number of features from the 1932 pool including the historic barrel vaulted ceiling, copper-clad windows, and custom light fixtures from the original swimming pool.

Theatre Projects provided theatre planning, auditorium and stage design, and performance equipment specification for the 5,700 square foot dance theatre. The room features a 36' by 36' fully-sprung dance floor with surrounding wing space, raked seating, lighting and sound systems, and blackout shades for use on the windows during daytime performances.

The renovation of Kenyon Hall provided additional spaces for Vassar College's Dance Department, including three dance studios, faculty offices, and a conference room.

David Rosenburg, a Principal Consultant for Theatre Projects and a professional lighting designer, designed the lighting for the first three performances in the new space.


The Theatre Projects Team

Project Manager: David Rosenburg
Auditorium and Stage Design: Brian Hall
Seating and Sightlines: John Runia
Performance Equipment: Michael Nishball, Jim Niesel, Rob Young, and Jill Collins

A Space for Dance at Vassar College
Credit: Theatre Projects
A Space for Dance at Vassar College
Credit: Theatre Projects