The Oklahoma City Ballet has offices on the second floor of Gold Star Memorial Building.
The Ballet has a studio at 7421 N. Classen Blvd. that includes some office space, but they have grown larger in the last few years and needed more room, so they were granted free use of the space in Gold Star.
Oklahoma City Ballet is considered to be one of the School of Theater’s professional partners, meaning that students in the program have opportunities to work with the Ballet, specifically in the design and production aspects.
Other professional partnerships include Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, and Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre.
“We’re growing that collaboration almost exponentially every year,” said Courtney DiBello, adjunct professor of stage management.
DiBello said that housing the Ballet helps to solidify the ties between them and OCU. Not only is there an agreement on paper, but the two are sharing the same space. DiBello is also a company manager for the Ballet, further strengthening the ties between the Ballet and OCU.
Students have a positive reaction to the Ballet being on campus.
“It gives students an opportunity to work on projects outside of plays and musicals, and that’s something really beneficial,” said Amanda Miller, acting sophomore.