Since it’s launch on 2nd September 2019, Junior Ballet Antwerp has it’s premises on the top floor of the Stadsfeestzaal, a fine neo-classical building situated in the heart of Antwerp.
Here a large vacant space was rapidly transformed into a fully-equipped dance studio, with additional offices, changing rooms and a small canteen.
The locality also conforms with the regulations laid down by the state concerning the Covid-19 pandemic.
The airy studio is equipped with a fine professional floor, supplied by Harlequin, the specialists in dance floors.
Hans D’hondt, General Manager Shopping Stadsfeestzaal Antwerp about JBA's homebase:
The Stadsfeestzaal is a neo-classical building dating from 1908 and evolved through the years into a real meeting place for many Antwerp citizens, where over the years, art exhibitions, book fairs and the annual auto salon all took place.
In 1983 the building became classified, after which it had a rather chequered history.
On the 27th December 2000 a huge fire destroyed practically the entire building, after which Antwerp city came to an agreement with the Dutch developers Multi Development to breathe new life into the complex, in the context of revitalising the city’s shopping areas.
The shopping centre, consisting of around 40 shops- amongst others flagship stores such as Urban Outfitters, Snipes and Weekday- welcomes around 6 million visitors a year.
Hans: ‘ At the present time we are looking at a modern and future - orientated shopping complex which is a sum of more than just a collection of shops.
The community spirit of the mall shopper is of real importance, and it is in this framework that we, as landlords, wish to give our visitors and daily commuters the multiple advantages of a mixture of food and shopping concepts as well as art and culture.
We are extremely happy with the integration of a high-class institution such as JBA; to be able to host this world-class pre-professional company gives us as a shopping mall extra opportunities. What springs to mind are performances which we can organise in collaboration in the mall itself, giving our visitors a chance to see behind the scenes of a wonderful new initiative.
And on top of this, art makes people happy, it adds positive vibes and a valuable extra dimension to the monotony of daily life.