The sound of classical music pours out of a window and down the hallway with fresh paint. The building is old with a modern flair.
Ballet dancers are in class. It is a clear sign the bar is being raised here in Sacramento for a new level of performing arts.
Jonathan Harris from the Sacramento Ballet Company says he loves the new space the company has moved to.
Whats not to love in the this new 47,000 square-foot performing arts center in Midtown Sacramento.
A whopping $6.5 million transformed the former Fremont Elementary school into the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts.
The center exposes students to professional companies of dance, music and language.
Current tenants include the Sacramento Ballet, Alliance Française, Brazil Center for Cultural Exchange, Capital Stage, McKeever School of Irish Dance and Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy.
Further down the hall syncopated steps tap out various rythms.
Nicole McKeever of the McKeever School of Irish Dance is excited to be in this new space. Prior to this, her class spaces were scattered around the area.
She's happy to share the space with so many diverse artists. She says the space is inspiring.
The Fremont School was closed in the 1970s due to seismic concerns. Now, the halls are shaking with creation.
As we leave Brazilian dancers with colorful plumage match the rhythms of live drum beats.
The facility is unique in that it's not just bringing the arts to Sacramento, but cultivating them right here at home.