One previously derelict 750 seat cinema
was converted to create the Dancehouse Theatre, officially
opened in 1994 by HRH Princess Margaret. The next four
cinemas and other areas of the building were converted
into the five dance studios and associated facilities
that now house The Northern Ballet School.
The Dancehouse Theatre complex extends
to some 35,000 square feet and comprises the theatre,
three medium and two large dance studios, all fully
equipped to meet the highest standards, changing rooms,
shower facilities, a Green Room, a licensed Cafe Bar,
Theatre Bar and Coffee Shop.
The £500,000 cost of converting
the theatre was largely met by donations from the Foundation
for Sport and the Arts, the Arts Council of England
and many other generous subscribers to the companies
The Dancehouse Theatre Company is
limited by guarantee, registered as Charity number 702250.
It receives no public revenue funding and is supported
on box office, space hire and catering income alone
to maintain itself and it's objective.