|Ballet Lunaire's Information|
|Type: Dance Studio and Theater|
|Rating: None yet|
|Location: Grand Street: East|
|Fame: Owned by the daughter of world-famous ballet dancers. Also home to a preternatural-friendly dance company.|
|Atmosphere: Modern, bright, professional.|
|Owner(s): Danika "Mischa" Mischenko|
|Manager(s): Danika "Mischa" Mischenko|
|Employee(s): Lee, Randi|
Officially opening in December, 2008, Ballet Lunaire will be both the home of a mix of preternatural and human dancers and a studio where new students of all ages can learn dance of all types.
The modern and pristine lobby of Ballet Lunaire serves several purposes. At the information desk during studio hours, employees of the studio will sign up prospective dancing students for classes, take payment, or sell tickets for recitals or any of the professional dancing company’s upcoming performances. Throughout the lobby are several leather-padded benches which create a sharp contrast to the pale wood floors. Sleek black coffee tables are lined with magazines to keep those in the waiting room busy. The lobby’s pale beige walls are lined with artistic sepia-tone photographs of ballet dancers in various positions.
The west wall of the lobby is made of frosted glass through which one can see the fuzzy silhouettes of dancers practicing if a class or rehearsal is in session. On the east wall, a black double doors lead into the “Ilya and Danika Mischenko Théâtre de Danse.” Hallways on either side of the reception desk lead to locker rooms: Men’s to the left, and Women’s to the right.
A sign on the information desk lists the current classes that are available at the studio. Beginning through advanced classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance and tumbling are available at both children and adult levels. Above the desk in cursive lettering is the quote, “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. ~Agnes De Mille.”
This room seems to be made of light and glass. The northern and western walls are mirrored so that dancers can check their technique when dancing or going through their exercises. A barre is installed on the southern wall for the dancers to warm up on; large windows above the metal apparatus give light to the room and keep the studio from feeling too enclosed.
At the front of the room sits stereo and video equipment to provide the music and to record the efforts of the dancers for later assessment. Mats are tucked along the front of the wall for use during tumbling classes or when teaching lifts to beginning pairs.
Simple elegance and practicality are the theme for this room. Burgundy felt covers the walls to provide better acoustics and to match the carpet and velvet seats, all in burgundy with gold accenting. There is stadium-style seating for about 250 people. The building boasts all the necessities of trappings of a modern theatre: a sound and light booth at the back of the theatre, an orchestra pit below the stage, multiple curtains on a pulley system, and backstage areas large enough to accommodate costume changes.
Men’s Locker Room
This room is plain and clean. The walls and floor are covered with random squares of gray, blue, and green ceramic tiles. Four rows of five-foot-tall lockers are interspersed with steel benches on one side of the room; the other is devoted to showers and toilets. Each shower or commode has its own stall for privacy. Shower gel and shampoo are provided, but dancers are asked to provide their own towels.
Women’s Locker Room
This room is plain but clean. The walls and floor are tiled with random squares of gray, lavender, and plum ceramic tiles. Four rows of five-foot-tall lockers are interspersed with steel benches on one side of the room; the other is devoted to showers and toilets. Each shower or commode has its own stall for privacy. Shower gel and shampoo are provided, but dancers are asked to provide their own towels.