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Costume Shop

The Costume Shop is located in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.

Jeremy M. Barney:  Costume Designer
Former US Naval Officer, Jeremy received his B.A. in French and M.F.A. in Costume Design at the University of Oklahoma.  He received his Specialization in Draping and Pattern-making from the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture in Paris, France and worked as a draper for the Haute Couture Atelier of Frank Sorbier in Paris.  He is currently the resident Costume Designer for the University of Arizona School of Dance.  Jeremy has designed and draped for Dance, Theater and Music Theater.  A former Ballet dancer, Jeremy performed and toured with Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Opéra Municipale de Clermont-Ferrand, France, and Les Ballets Trockaderos de Monte Carlos.

Greenroom

The "Norma and Jim Sloan Greenroom" is located in the lobby of the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.  This space is used for classes, conferences, meetings and preparation.

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Ina Gittings Studios

Ina Gittings was once the primary concert and rehearsal space for UA Dance until the completion of the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre in 2003. It is has 4 large studios;  two downstairs and two upstairs.  The two upstairs studios, 124 and 130, open up into one large space that accommodates large rehearsals, auditions and master classes. 

Somatics Lab

The Somatics Lab "Dedicated to Movement/Canyon Ranch and Enid and Mel Zuckerman" is a multipurpose space located in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. This space turns into the dressing rooms for all concerts.  It is the home of the UA Dance Pilates and Movement Therapy Program which is tailored to meet the specific needs of our dance majors, focusing on core strength, movement awareness, body symmetry and injury prevention. Fully endorsed by Pilates Master Ron Fletcher and taught by Fletcher Pilates Program Director, the program features state of the art professional Pilates studio equipment. The multi-level program includes both group equipment and mat classes and is designed to give all Dance majors a foundational centering and balancing technique to practice throughout their dance careers and beyond. 

 

Studio 301

Studio 301 is located directly above the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre and lobby.  This spacious 3500 square foot studio space approximates the size of the Eller stage.  The east and south walls of the studio are glass windows from ceiling to floor, where students have a scenic view of the UA east campus, the city of Tucson and the surrounding mountains. 

Scene Shop

The Stevie Eller Dance Theatre "Mary Ann and Bob Stubbs Scene Shop" functions not only as a scene shop but as a fabrication facility to support the School of Dance.  The large shop doors open up to accomodate easy load-in and load-out of productions. 

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The UA Dance Pilates and Movement Therapy Program is tailored to meet the specific needs of our Dance majors, focusing on core strength, movement awareness, body symmetry and injury prevention. Fully endorsed by Pilates Master Ron Fletcher and taught by Fletcher Pilates® Program Director, our program features state of the art professional Pilates studio equipment. 
The multi-level program includes both group equipment and mat classes and is designed to give all Dance majors a foundational centering and balancing technique to practice throughout their dance careers and beyond.

Stevie Eller Dance Theatre

In 2003 the University of Arizona’s dance program was blessed by the completion of the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.  Home to the UA Dance Ensemble, dance majors rehearse and perform in this award-winning, state of the art facility.  The 29,000 square foot complex, which houses a 300-seat theatre with spacious stage, full-fly system and full orchestra pit, is host to some 50 performances a year by majors in the dance program.  These performances are supported as well by a costume shop, scene shop, pilates studio and ample dressing rooms.  The theatre’s design -- an integration of art, movement and architecture--   features second-story studios surrounded by glass and an outdoor stage for afternoon performances.

Lead architects on the project, Donna Barry and Jose Pombo  (then with Gould Evans), created a space so inviting and yet so innovative that several awards announced and recognized their work.   A 2003 Citation Award from the AIA and a Best Public Project over $5M were quickly followed in 2004 with the AIA Arizona Honor Award. In short order, the building was added as one of only fifteen on the list of “Arizona’s Greatest Architectural Wonders.”

The Stevie Eller Dance Theatre provides a brilliant blend of form and function. The Gould Evans team created an atmosphere where their art and ours could be fused, resulting in this stunning achievement. This building will change our lives and the lives of future generations of students, artists and art patrons. 

-Jory Hancock, Stevie Eller Endowed Chair and Director of Dance

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The University of Arizona School of Dance provides students with state of the art facilities including the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre and the studios at Ina Gittings.

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