Boston Ballet will be relocating and expanding the Boston Ballet School Newton Studio to 153 Needham St. in the N2 Innovation District.
The new studio will be located within the new Newton Nexus complex, which will also include Bfresh, a boutique grocery store and a mix of retail, restaurants and office space.
The school’s current location at 863 Washington St. will remain fully operational for the 2016–2017 school year, with plans to move to the new space in Summer 2017.
For more than 30 years, Boston Ballet School has served a broad constituency in Newton. The new location will allow for expanded programming with a total of seven studios — two more than the current space — responding to increased demand in the western suburbs.
“We heard the needs of our students and families and are pleased to have the opportunity to respond with a new facility that will be both welcoming and professional. It is important to us to address the holistic experience for our students and families — from studio space and locker rooms to lounge areas and dedicated physical therapy space,” said Margaret Tracey, director of Boston Ballet School. “The new space will reflect the high quality ballet education we offer at Boston Ballet School. This is an exciting move for us as we look forward to serving the Newton-area community for many years to come.”
The Newton Studio relocation was initially triggered by Mark Investments’ purchase of Boston Ballet’s existing site on Washington Street in January 2016. Boston Ballet explored the option to expand and improve on the existing space. In partnership with world-class architecture firm Gensler, feedback and input were collected from more than 400 constituent voices to inform the search for a new home for the Newton Studio. A fundraising campaign will make the move possible, the school said.
Newton Nexus, which is being transformed into a vibrant retail destination area by Crosspoint Associates. The location will provide Boston Ballet with expanded and improved space, triple the available parking, better neighboring amenities with shopping options and restaurants and an architectural design that will reflect the Ballet’s commitment to inclusion and accessibility.