The TRDance Center is located at 325 Granby Street, directly across the street from the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in vibrant downtown Norfolk. This historic building was originally built as a vaudeville theater in the 1920′s and later became a movie theater by the name of The Strand. A successful part of the “Broadway of the South” it was one of 13 theaters in the downtown Norfolk area.
In the 30′s the theater was converted to the legendary Hofheimer Shoe Store, a staple in downtown Norfolk and a destination for shoe shoppers from all around Hampton Roads. After the closing of Hofheimer’s the building remained vacant until 2005 when a community minded group of dance enthusiasts decided to transform it into the TRDance Center.
A full renovation created the only state of the art dance facility of its kind in Downtown Norfolk. Architect Burkhart Thomas Reed of Norfolk developed a multi-function plan for the 10,000 sq foot building that includes three large studios, dressing rooms, an ample foyer, plenty of public parking, and a studio theatre that seats up to 120 people.
At the Center
Professional Modern Dance Company
Professional Ballet Company
Pre-Professional Dance Ensembles
Dance Classes for Children with Down Syndrome in partnership with
Professional Theatre Company
State of Virginia’s Premiere High School for Fine and Performing Arts, Dance Department
Private and Semi-Private Pilates Instruction
Dance & Pilates Programs
The Benjack Studio Theatre is an intimate performance space which is adaptable to a variety of presentations. Seating capacity is 120 in a convertible black box setting. Complete with lighting, sound, risers and seating the space is ideal for presenting dance, theater and music.
The Center is also available for lease for private parties and receptions. The Jewish Film Festival, the City of Norfolk and the Norfolk SPCA have hosted parties at the facility. Contact the TRDance Center if you are interested in renting the facility or the Benjack Studio Theatre.