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Dance Studio

The newly created dance studio is located at 109 South Jefferson Avenue, the former print shop for the Lexington News-Gazette. Since its inauguration six years ago, the dance program at W&L has grown to include a dance minor and expanded academic course offerings. It has won prestigious awards for "outstanding creative works" from the American College Dance Festival and has received national attention for its work in aerial dance. The building's structure has enabled it to be rigged permanently for aerial dance, making silk ropes, harnesses and bungees available to the dancers at any time. A special sprung floor has been installed to make it safer for dancers to move on and jump repetitively without being hurt. Double-sided mirrors can be used to split the room in half so that two dance classes can be held at the same time.