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About The Dance Complex


Located in the historic Odd Fellows Hall, in Cambridge, MA; The Dance Complex is a volunteer based, artist run organization dedicated to promoting, advancing, and sponsoring artistic endeavors, creative work and education in dance and the movement arts. The Dance Complex is a process; we are members of the arts community establishing a resource, referral and support center that is responsive to a wide diversity of needs.

The Dance Complex was created to secure The Odd Fellows Dance Hall as a home and to provide a future for the movement arts. It is an artist run community that promotes, advances, sponsors, facilitates and nurtures creative and artistic work. It offers space, succor and security for classes, rehearsals, performances and meetings, creating an atmosphere of inclusion, excitement, respect and acceptance.

Serving a community of artists is a higher priority than establishing an organizational bureaucracy.

The bottom line has many threads: moral, artistic, philosophic, fiscal. It is the shared balance and equal tension to these strands that form the basis for our decisions.

Omnicultural collaboration is a process that strengthens community.

There is a quality that is reflective of dance itself - both easily physical and familiar, while professional, filled with integrity, and committed to excellence.

There is a creative, fluid sense of discovery, problem solving and outreach.

We are equally proud to respect history and to make it.


History

Founded in 1991, the Dance Complex grew out of the need to save the historic Odd Fellows Hall as a space for dance. Members of the dance community rallied to save this vital building, when the former owners closed its doors and declared bankruptcy. Through the combined efforts of the dance community, the City of Cambridge and the Central Square Business Association, the Dance Complex purchased The Odd Fellows Dance Hall, securing a home for the movement arts.

The Dance Complex has become a regional center for dance and movement arts, servicing a multicultural spectrum of activities. Operating as a rental facility, over 60 teachers representing more than 20 countries teach classes and conduct workshops in a wide variety of movement art forms. An equally diverse constituency, young and old, numbering 1000 weekly, uses the facility. Programs such as the Salon Sundays, I-ARE (Integrated Artist Residency Exchange), and aMaSSiT (a Make iT / Share iT / Show iT program) continue to provide opportunities for artists and enrichment for the community.

Responsive to the needs of the community, the Dance Complex is open seven days a week, serving as a base for over 15 regional dance companies. Hundreds of volunteers are responsible for running and maintaining the facility, led by a part time staff of five artists and a Board of Directors. The Dance Complex is a community of people committed to sharing both the responsibility and the reward of securing and maintaining a facility for dance.


General Information

HOURS OF OPERATION

  • Monday through Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am -8:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am - 5:30pm

DIRECTIONS - The Dance Complex is located in Central Square, Cambridge, at 536 Massachusetts Ave., between Pearl and Brookline Streets.

By Public Transportation - Take the Red Line to the Central Square MBTA station, exit toward Pearl Street / Main Street. There are 5 bus routes through Central Square; check the MBTA bus schedule for more information.

By Car - From Rt. 93 (North or South) take Storrow Drive to the Central Square exit, follow Western Avenue until it intersects with Massachusetts Avenue, turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue. From Boston, take Massachusetts Avenue over the bridge into Cambridge, past MIT.

Parking - There are several metered municipal lots in the area, and on-street metered parking. Reduced rate parking is available in the Green Street Garage, located on the corner of Pearl and Green Streets.

CLASSES All classes are open to the public. Most classes are ongoing. SCHEDULE of CLASSES is subject to change. Cost is $8-$14 per single adult class. Interested in working in exchange for classes or rehearsal space? Want to become more involved in the Greater Boston dance community? The WorkStudy Program may work for you! Please visit our PROGRAMS page for more information.

CLASS ATTIRE There is no dress code, however street shoes are NEVER allowed in any studio at any time. We suggest comfortable clothing that allows full-range movement. Ask individual instructors about specific shoes or other items needed (i.e., finger cymbals, castanets, Tel-tone taps, etc.). Shoes used in classes must be clean and only worn in the studios. STREET SHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN ANY STUDIO AT ANY TIME.


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