By Caroline Lee, NewsOn6.com

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - The Tulsa Ballet broke ground for a new dance school in Broken Arrow Monday morning. 

The Hardesty Center for Dance Education is a 21,000-square-foot facility that will contain studios, administrative office space and dressing rooms. The facility will also feature a performance studio that will serve as  a venue for the ballet students and educational outreach programs. 

“It very exciting endeavor, it allows us to expand the reach of the company and to enrich the lives of Broken Arrow, “said Marcello Angelini, Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director.

The new facility development is a part of the $25 million Integrated Campaign for Tulsa Ballet. Roger and Donna Hardesty, founders of the Hardesty Family Foundation, donated close to14 acres of land for the new studio.

“We are both pleased and excited that the Tulsa Ballet is bringing a world-class ballet education facility to Broken Arrow. The Tulsa Ballet has an outstanding reputation as one of the top companies in North America and we feel blessed to be chosen as the site of such an amazing facility,” said Wes Smithwick, President and CEO of the BA Chamber. 

The groundbreaking for The Hardesty Center for Dance Education center was just east of the intersection of 145th (Aspen Avenue) and 101st (New Orleans).