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Space Use Guidelines
MCFA Dance Rehearsal Studio (109) and MCFA Dance Theatre (110)

The dance studios in the Mahaney Center for the Arts have been designed for the academic curriculum needs of the Dance Program. The Dance Theatre is our primary teaching and performance space. 109 is both a class and a rehearsal space. Both studios are equipped with highly specialized, sprung floors that protect dancer's joints. Because surfaces must remain clean and grit-free, street shoes are only permitted in restricted, audience areas in the Dance Theatre. Rehearsal Studio 109 is now equipped with a marley floor covering during the academic year to accommodate a variety of movement practices, however both dance floors require conscientious supervision and maintenance.

Requests for use of the Dance Theatre must have approval from the Dance Program. All users must be pre-approved, and have regularly scheduled times. Students may not reserve time unless they are enrolled in a Dance class.

Only dance or movement related events may be scheduled in the Dance spaces.

Use is prioritized as follows:
MCFA Dance Theatre (Studio 110)

  1. Academic dance courses;
  2. Guest Artist, Dance faculty and dance student performances;
  3. Faculty course preparation and rehearsal;
  4. Guest artists preparing for class, rehearsal or performance;
  5. PE and extra- or co-curricular classes approved by Dance faculty one semester in advance;
  6. Weekly technical crew calls or other corollary technical work;
  7. Senior dance majors preparing for independent project performance;
  8. Students in dance courses preparing for classes and performances;
  9. Additional college community dance events, lectures, workshops, or classes, etc., that may be accommodated within the existing academic dance or technical schedule;
  10. Students not registered in dance courses and student dance, movement, or martial arts groups my submit a proposal for studio use (usually for MCFA 109) to the Dance Program faculty through the Production Manager/Lighting Designer, Jennifer Ponder. Studio time is limited to three hours per week.

Only students registered in academic dance courses may reserve unscheduled studio time on the space schedules posted in the backstage area. Other students must apply for authorization to Production Manager Jennifer Ponder.

Certain periods are deemed high risk periods for dance spaces and they will be locked. Typically, these periods occur just before a semester begins, as a semester ends, or just before scheduled breaks. Spaces are locked during breaks, although dance students remaining on campus, usually dance majors, may be authorized to use 109.

During the summer, the Dance Theatre is used by regular academic year dance faculty for daily practice, rehearsal and projects. The theatre nature of the space is changed and it becomes simply a giant space with minimal worklight in the evening and a sprung floor that requires appropriate use. Theatrical masking, seating and risers are removed to facilitate floor renovation (a chemical process) after the close of Language Schools. Often, theatrical lighting is taken down for cleaning and storage by the student crew in May and rehung in September. Consideration for the floor is important. See "Additional restrictions below." This is not a multi-use facility and Dance program personnel are concerned about unsupervised use to the space in the summer. However, during working hours, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., the space may be available for movement and dance classes and workshops. Requests for the space should be directed to our Lighting Designer and Technical Director, Jennifer Ponder.

Language School students and faculty may contact Jennifer Ponder to schedule authorized, appropriate use of the Rehearsal Studio 109 during the summer. Authorized users receive the code to open 109, which is otherwise locked. Doors to the backstage area, bathrooms and Dance Green Room are open during regular building hours during the summer. Regular dance faculty rehearsals, work time and projects have first priority for space use.

Additional space use requirements or restrictions:

  • No street shoes in the studios;
  • Dance shoes must be appropriate to studio floor surface;
  • Ballet pointe shoes or jazz or hip hop sneakers may only be used in 109;
  • No food or drink, other than water, may be brought into the studio;
  • Do not move the piano;
  • Do not drag chairs across the floor;
  • Do not leave shoes, clothing or personal effects in the hallway or studios. Use the dressing rooms;
  • Bring valuables with you into the studio;
  • The emergency door must remain closed except in emergency;
  • An aux cord is supplied for use of the sound system. Please turn off before leaving. Contact Jennifer Ponder if training on the system is needed.
  • Use the broom provided to sweep at the end of each class so the room is ready for the next user. 

When a marley floor is required, the event sponsor will pay the staffing costs for it to be put down and taken up again. The Technical Director for the dance program will coordinate and supervise the installation and removal of the marley.

To request the use of either MCFA 110 or 109, please contact Jennifer Ponder with the details of your event:
Date, time, purpose, event sponsors, including any requests for accompanying technical support.

Dance Department

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753