Like many companies, The State Ballet of Rhode Island’s big plans for 2020 were interrupted by COVID-19. In-person classes were suspended, a 60th Anniversary Gala, and Diamond Jubilee performances of “Giselle” were all canceled.
In July, when Executive Director Ana Marsden Fox realized things were not getting any better, she started having brainstorming sessions with her creative team. They came to the decision that their biggest asset was a portable stage that needed some repairs but could be used as an outdoor performance space for ballet performances. With the idea of calling it The State Ballet of Rhode Island’s Secret Garden and Community Stage Venue, they were awarded a grant from RI Commerce.
Ana called Harlequin Floors to discuss their wishes and needs as a classical ballet company. They needed a vinyl marley floor that would be suitable to use outdoors and in different climates. They knew the enhanced Harlequin Cascade™ with BioCote® antimicrobial protection, perfect for ballet and ideal for outdoor use, was exactly what they needed. The floor was delivered in time for outdoor performances last fall and Ana proudly stated, “All the dancers just love the floor!” The company’s dream has come true and they are looking forward to many outdoor performances in the upcoming spring and summer seasons.