The Joan Weill Center for Dance has been home to New York’s most prominent dance community since 2005. The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation continues to grow, and its dance theater also expanded by adding a new education wing on the sixth floor. Located at the corner of 55th Street and 9th Avenue in New York City, the new Elaine Wynn & Family Education Wing is comprised of four new dance studios, two new classrooms, and administrative office space. Twelve, 14-foot-high, Modernfold Encore single panels were installed to convert 2,700 sq. ft. of space into two dance studios. The single panel design allows the individual panels to be stored in three four-panel stacks, using very little space when not engaged. 10-foot mirrors were applied on the steel panels, and the panels can slide easily on the steel-supported ceiling track with no floor tracks required.
In addition to the panels in the main dance studio, a second, smaller Modernfold Encore Paired Panel system (56 STC) was installed on the fourth floor. This system easily divides one large classroom into two smaller rooms as needed. The panels allow for creative space, in which they can be open for an educational presentation or closed for concentrated study.