The story of Tulsa Ballet began in 1956. Husband and wife Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin, and musician Rosalie Talbott, founded Tulsa Ballet Theatre, blending classical dance with dramatic theatre. Jasinski and Larkin set the tone for artistic excellence – a foundation that has been preserved and built upon for decades. Today, Tulsa Ballet reaches more than 40,000 individuals each year and is regarded as one of the top ballet companies in North America – consistently bringing the finest works in classical and contemporary dance to the Midwest.
Since 2003, Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education has trained young dancers –urging harmony of the body, discipline of the mind and enrichment of the soul. The center offers ballet classes for ages 3 to adults, as well as educational outreach programs to students in the community.
Hardesty Center for Dance Education extends the Ballet beyond Tulsa and presents itself to a new group of people… young people aspiring to be dancers, parents of those children and others who will avail themselves of the ballet because it is now in their backyard.
The building was inspired by ballet itself. The regimentation of the classic ballet positions, the exuberance of combining the positions into expressive dance. Even the barre is expressed on the building exterior as well as the classic pas de deux in thearrangement in form.
The Center houses four dance studios—two large studios; one smaller studio suited for teaching younger students; and one that doubles as the facility’s performance space. Designed to inspire both dancers and instructors, all studios have abundant daylighting, basket-woven sprung floors with Marley covering 10’ mirrors and state-of-the-art sound systems. The star of the studios is the performance space—a spacious black box theater, free of restraints to the creative process. The space features a theatrical lighting grid and seating that can be arranged for traditional theater, or removed completely.
This remarkable new center sets the stage for Tulsa Ballet’s vision – and ensures the Ballet will be a vibrant part of the community for generations to come.