Tallahassee Ballet celebrates 50th with ribbon-cutting at new North Hampton facility

From the Tallahassee Democrat

The Tallahassee Ballet (TTB) and The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce representatives commemorated TTB’s newest and greatest facilities with an oversized ribbon, a large pair of scissors, and a lot of happy people.

It has taken 50 years to get here, but at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, Tallahassee Ballet  celebrated the new facilities at 2910 Kerry Forest Parkway and their Golden Anniversary.

“Since we moved studios during COVID restrictions,” says TTB CEO Janet Pichard, “until now, we haven’t had the opportunity to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony and officially announce our new North Hampton studios to the community.”

The Tallahassee Ballet was founded in 1972 as The Tallahassee Civic Ballet by Helen Salter. Practices were initially held in her studios in the lower level of the Northwood Mall, which was, at the time, a thriving shopping center. With many steps and studios over the 50 years, TTB has gracefully landed in its new state-of-the-art, 14,000-square-feet facility on the north side of Tallahassee as a professional ballet company.

Resident Choreographer Dr. Kathryn Karrh Cashin, fondly known as KK, has been a mainstay with TTB. “Throughout the years,” KK says, “wherever The Ballet has called home (sometimes without even having a home), the group has thrived. And the current dancers are as talented and committed as ever before.”

Artistic Director Tyrone Brooks (former dancer of Dance Theatre of Harlem) says, “I am so proud to finally have a facility worthy of the exceptional work created by our dancers, choreographers, and artistic staff.”

TTB studios are located at 2910 Kerry Forest Parkway, Suite C1, Tallahassee, FL  32309. Learn more about the Golden Anniversary at TallahasseeBallet.org/history.